#1
Just now, I picked up my old epiphone les paul special 2 and did some tapping and imo it sounded very clean, but when I switch over to my Ibanez Rg370dx, I just can't seem to tap at all. The notes die very quickly and I just can't seem to tap. I know RG's are known as "shred" guitars, so shouldn't tapping be easier on it? Could it be that the strings on the epiphone are lighter? I think the ibanez has some fairly light strings anyway. Thanks for any advice, I really want to tap again D:
#2
You're doing it wrong.
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#3
I don't think lighter strings would make a difference, my mums boyfriends Epi LP Custom has 9's and I can't tap for **** on it, but mine has 10's and I can tap really well on it.

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Maybe the actions are different and you're not used to it. You might want to adjust it.
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in wich sense does it fail? you cant hear it? or you can't do it?


Well I can't hear it anywhere near as clearly as I can on my other guitar, it still looks like I'm tapping properly, but there's no really audible tapping sound just a few notes here and there

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Maybe the actions are different and you're not used to it. You might want to adjust it.


Then I think I should have the guitar set up at a music store as I'm still new to it and I could also use a string change
#7
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Well I can't hear it anywhere near as clearly as I can on my other guitar, it still looks like I'm tapping properly, but there's no really audible tapping sound just a few notes here and there


It's your technique in some way, slow down and look at what you're doing very closely as there must be something wrong. If it was the guitar it would be a consistent thing, not just randomly, this indicates that at the moment your technique is too hit and miss to give a consistent sound.
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It's your technique in some way, slow down and look at what you're doing very closely as there must be something wrong. If it was the guitar it would be a consistent thing, not just randomly, this indicates that at the moment your technique is too hit and miss to give a consistent sound.


I would think so too, but even the few notes I can hear are really weak compared to if I had normally picked them and when I tap on my other guitar it sounds perfectly fine, so I don't think it's my technique as I am just unable to tap on this one guitar
#9
check the settings on your amp. You need some gain to hear tappings if you are just begginings.
to know if the intonation is right, check with your tuner if your 12th fret and the armonic on the 12th fret have the same note.
Check if the frets you are tapping in have any fret buzz. Also, tab what you are tappin and explain wich notes are heard and wich aren't. A vid or fast recording would be better.
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#10
Quote by ldnovelo
check the settings on your amp. You need some gain to hear tappings if you are just begginings.
to know if the intonation is right, check with your tuner if your 12th fret and the armonic on the 12th fret have the same note.
Check if the frets you are tapping in have any fret buzz. Also, tab what you are tappin and explain wich notes are heard and wich aren't. A vid or fast recording would be better.

I completely over-looked your post, and was about to say the same thing
Tone is a huge factor. Gain usually makes faster playing sound better. My tremolo picking always sounds like complete **** without a lot of gain.
Intonation and frets have been explained.
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#11
Quote by SinSyringe
I would think so too, but even the few notes I can hear are really weak compared to if I had normally picked them and when I tap on my other guitar it sounds perfectly fine, so I don't think it's my technique as I am just unable to tap on this one guitar


If it wasn't your technique you would be able to tap on any guitar anyone handed you.

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My tremolo picking always sounds like complete **** without a lot of gain.


Again this is an issue I would put more down to you rather than any general problem with fast picking and tone; if you can't make it sound good clean then you probably shouldn't be doing it with gain either.
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#12
The action might be high on your guitar, or the neck's bow could need adjustment. Try raising the pickups a bit for higher output too, that would make the notes a bit louder. Also, since the Ibanez has jumbo frets, you should tap lighter.
#13
ahh okay this is gonna sound stupid, but my tone knob was nearly all the way to 0 and increasing the volume on my guitar helped too, but now i can tap perfectly fine again
damn non-numbered knobs, still fairly new too the guitar, thanks for all the help