Get The Tone
Although the increased sustain and compression produced from using more gain’makes tapping easier, it also increases your chances of producing extraneous handling noise: and your tone will suffer too; consequently, you need to find a working compromise between being prepared to work a bit harder with less gain, but not making things tortuously difficult. Generally, if you have a guitar with single- coil pickups, try getting 25% of your distortion from the pedal and 75% from the amp. You’ll find that the results are sweeter and more compressed (even and tighter sounding) than when getting 100% of the distortion from the amp. Finally, some reverb and delay (matched to the tempo of the track) will help to give both size and smoothness (polish) to the guitar sound.