#1
Whenever I do tapping stuff like Thunderstruck, Eruption, or the solo to One, my taps always sound weak and faded. Finger or pick tap, regardless, both sound diminished. I always have to crank the pickup volumes for the tapping then pause to turn them down once the tapping is over.

I know it's not my pickups. I have an ESP LTD EC-1000 with Duncan JB and 59 pickups. But I do have a ****ty amp. It's some $80 Drive piece of **** solid state combo. I'm getting a new amp soon, but could my amp be the reason for the ****ty tapping noise?
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#4
Neck pickup? and are you using enough force? you really gotta hit that sucker hard
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#5
its either your not hitting hard enough, or maybe you need some more distortion, i dont think its gonna be your amp
#6
what? tap that **** ?
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#8
I'm tapping hard enough. I know that.
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#10
I didn't find it helpful the first time. What makes you think I'd find it helpful if you posted it again? Whatever, I'll look again.

Nope, not helpful.


Another thing is that I usually play at fairly low volumes. However, the tapping and picking should be the same volume still.
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I'm tapping hard enough. I know that.


You just, aren't. I don't know how else to put it.
#13
Trust me, I've got good finger agility and strength from playing violin for 11 years. I'm tapping pretty hard.
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#15
My left hand tapping sounds the same as my right.

I am pulling straight off though. I'll try pulling the string a bit.
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Whenever I do tapping stuff like Thunderstruck, Eruption, or the solo to One, my taps always sound weak and faded. Finger or pick tap, regardless, both sound diminished. I always have to crank the pickup volumes for the tapping then pause to turn them down once the tapping is over.

I know it's not my pickups. I have an ESP LTD EC-1000 with Duncan JB and 59 pickups. But I do have a ****ty amp. It's some $80 Drive piece of **** solid state combo. I'm getting a new amp soon, but could my amp be the reason for the ****ty tapping noise?


it really doesn't matter how crappy you're amp is. I have a squire 15 watt and tapping sounds fine on that. Your technique is probably the problem.
#17
It's not your equipment. I showed my friend how to tap like a champion on his squier.
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#18
Thunderstruck is not tapped.

And yeah, don't lift your fingers off - you gotta rip them off or push 'em up.
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#19
its your amp dude...i had the same problem on my little fender frontman amp...went and bought a line 6 spider II a few months later and squealed out eruption.
#21
There's a couple things you can try: Try using just a little more gain than usual. Lower your action a bit. Raise your pick-ups so they're closer to the strings.

Doing one or all 3 of these should help your tapping be heard a little better. Just don't lower your action or raise your p-ups too much, or you'll get some dead notes/buzzing.