#1
It seems that my guitars output becomes distorted whenever i pick hard. Both the bridge and neck pickup do it, and it also happens when turning the volume pot way down to ensure that input of my sound card isnt going non-linear. To visualise this, i did some shots of spectrum



Audio 13 is with bridge pickup, low E string picked softly,
Audio 14 is with bridge pickup, low E string picked hard.

It is evident how the spectrum lines decrease at a steady curve, just like the spectrum of a square wave.

Audio 3 is with neck pickup, low E string picked softly,
Audio 4 is with neck pickup, low E string picked hard.
Audio 5 is with neck pickup, low E string picked hard, volume pot turned low.

Its also apparent how the spectrum of both 4 and 5 is characteristic of what a square/triangle wave would be like, though less so than on bridge pickup.

And this is my problem. Im unable to really pick with a hard feeling while playing because it creates this nasty distorted pick attack sound. Is this universal? Or some problem that could be solved? Thanks.
#2
Congrats, you've quantified dynamics.

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