Gain setting on Markbass CMD 121P

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Smedley, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. Smedley


    Jun 4, 2008
    Hi all,

    When playing my Rickenbacker 4003, I can set the gain to maximum on the CMD121P without the clip indicator lighting.

    Is this normal given the single coil pickups on the Rick?

  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Probably not. But it's also not necessarily an indication of anything wrong, either. It could be possible your bass just has low output. If you have another bass or can get your hands on another bass, try it and see if it clips.
  3. Smedley


    Jun 4, 2008
    Thanks Jimmy... Good advice... I'll try to borrow another bass to check it out.

    Are there any other Rick/Markbass players out there that can tell me if they experience the same thing?
  4. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    FWIW, I don't have a Ric, but I have one relatively low output Jazz that won't clip. All my other basses do.
  5. My various Fender (passive) basses cause a clip "blink" quite consistently at 70% (or 2 o'clock or 7/10) on the gain dial.
  6. the low one

    the low one

    Feb 21, 2002
    Firstly, sorry, very old thread but it's relevant.

    My passive P bass clips at about 12:00 on the gain but I do like to dig in. I therefore back off to 11:00. My fretless Jazz with flats clips at 1:00 so I back that one back to 12:00. I boost the fretless with a MXR Micro Amp so I don't have to play with the gain mid set and that works great..........the gains stays at 11:00 for both basses.

    But sometimes when I really dig in with either bass, or if I fancy a solo with the P and so boost with the Micro Amp, I see the clip start to flicker. I don't get any distortion, still sounds good, but can clipping the gain damage anything?