I got an Epiphone thunderbird to thrash around as a gigging axe with my band. I love the tone of it! It's right up my alley. I played it at GC through an SVT4 and an 810, and an SVT-CL through a 610. Both gave me tons of clean headroom. When I got home and plugged in to the Titan, the clean headroom wasn't there. I tried it without the pad first. I had to turn everything up to pretty high gains to get volume, but as you all may know, the more you turn up the gain on the titan, the less clean it gets. With all my active basses, I have clean headroom for DAYS. With the thunderbird, it's just a big distorted mess. The active pad didn't help much either... My initial thoughts are to get some kind of a clean boost or an outboard pre of some kind. That should make things better, right? I'll have a hotter signal and won't have to drive the amp as much. Is it as simple as that? I'm not too sure about that because I know guitarists use clean boosts to get more drive from their amps... Any ideas from you guys? Thanks!