OK so i play mostly metal, with a pick. now if i stay right under the end of the neck (like within half an inch), the bass rarely, if ever clips. however this gives me NO breathing room, and of course i cant do any palm muting or anything like that. so, the options are either to get thicker gauge strings or lower the pickups. now i know most people will probably say to get the strings. but the thing is, i really, really hate thick gauge strings. i love the feeling of my skinny little standard gauge strings. so i'm thinking about lowering the pups. how would this effect the sound? would i just have to crank the amp a notch or so louder, or will it have bad effects on the tone all together? while i dont like the thick guage strings, i hate clipping and crappy tone a whole lot more. so, what do you think i should do?