#1
Hi. I've got a friend who's got one of those Gibson Baldwin Signature Series SGs and a Line 6 Spider (yes, I know). He's been doing a lot of tapping recently, and is looking into swapping out the pickups in his guitar for some ones that would pick up tapping lately.

I suspect it's the pickups, since when he runs my guitar (see sig) through his amp, his tapping sounds much better - cleaner and more well-defined, whereas with his guitar, it's muddier.

Any suggestions on humbuckers that are good for tapping? I hear Seymour Duncan JBs are nice, as well as GFS ones, but I've never used either, so I don't actually know. What makes pickups good for tapping, anyway? Output?

Please, no responses along the lines of "get a new amp." It's not the amp, since he's happy with my guitar through the Spider (also, no Spider haters, please - yes, it sounds digital, but that's not the point).

He'd probably do well with a new guitar, but I'm fairly certain new pickups will solve the problem. If it actually is the entire guitar, please let me know.

Thanks in advance.
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#2
The reason why it sounds better on yours is that you have single coils instead of humbuckers, what he could do is put in some humbucker with a coil tap(to get a sound of a single coil) or another solution is to keep the same pickups and buy a compressor/sustainer pedal, I used a mxr dynacomp to play a song from satriani which has only tapping in it(midnight something if I remember well) and it helped a lot
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#4
the best wy to have tapping sound good is to not suck at it. where as his setup is terrible, you should still be able to hear tapping. itsjust like hammerons/pulloffs with two hands.


i supposed a high out put pickup and alot of distortion would help cover it though. get someGFS crunch rails. those are rockin. cheap. but putting them into a guitar like that is a waste of time and money to be honest.
#5
I think your friend needs to get new technique.
If you can't tap on clean, you need new technique.

Maybe that's a little extreme, but that's what you should strive for. You should be able to hear it without the guitar plugged into an amp even.
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#6
Quote by rafarquhar
I think your friend needs to get new technique.
If you can't tap on clean, you need new technique.

Maybe that's a little extreme, but that's what you should strive for. You should be able to hear it without the guitar plugged into an amp even.

Exactly.. Don't get new gear to make up for crappy technique, especially compressors or using high gain.
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#7
Quote by ColCommunism
I suspect it's the pickups, since when he runs my guitar (see sig) through his amp, his tapping sounds much better - cleaner and more well-defined, whereas with his guitar, it's muddier.
Maybe pickups are the difference. Or maybe it's the profile of the frets (the shape and alloy of the frets should have a ton of effect on the the sound, because thats what initiates the wave on the string, right?) or the difference in bridges between the two guitars.

But let's go with your pickup theory, for now.
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Hi. I've got a friend who's got one of those Gibson Baldwin Signature Series SGs
And you have a Highway 1 Strat, not HBs.

Who knows what HBs will sound closest to your Strats pickups when split to singles?
Maybe the stock pickups he has will come close. The first thing to try would be the cheapest.

If his pickups are splittable, install a split switch.

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i supposed a high out put pickup and alot of distortion would help cover it though. get someGFS crunch rails. those are rockin. cheap. but putting them into a guitar like that is a waste of time and money to be honest.


He said he didn't want mud.
#9
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putting quality pups in a cheap guitar is never a waste of money, Once you upgrade guitars swap the nice pups into the new ax and replace the old stockers in the cheapo. at least you reap the benefits of the new sound in the old ax until u upgrade
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emg 81/85
putting quality pups in a cheap guitar is never a waste of money, Once you upgrade guitars swap the nice pups into the new ax and replace the old stockers in the cheapo. at least you reap the benefits of the new sound in the old ax until u upgrade
True. It's a waste of time.
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