I pluck on my strings quite hard, so I often find that I have to lower my pickups down very low. I have a G&L L-2000, and if I don't lower the pickups down far enough then occasionally the string will hit a pole piece and make a nasty "pop". I'm sure that that isn't good for my speakers. This problem mostly applies to the E string. The A, D, and G strings are suitably tense enough that I don't have to worry too much about them hitting the pickups. As a result, I usually lower the pickup on the E string side the most. However, in order for the pickup to be low enough that I can safely play hard on the E, the output must be reduced significantly. The E string ends up being quieter than the other strings. I don't want to lower the whole pickup so the volume is completely even because that would mean my bass' output would be considerably diminished. I use .045-.105 strings. If I switched my E string to something like a .115, would this solve my problems? Or would it be counter-productive, as I would have to pluck harder to achieve a suitable volume?