First of all let me say that I'm not sure that this question belongs in this sub-forum because it's more about basses and other equipment related to tapping rather than the technique itself. So, if the mod needs to move it then that's understandable. I just thought I may get more useful answers in the technique forum. So, here's where the question begins. Man, I really love tapping but my current bass is somewhat limited in what it allows me to do with the technique. I understand that no piece of gear can make up for bad technique or a lack of talent but I'm pretty sure that my fretless Fender J bass with heavy guage, high tension strings and action that will only go so low is hindering my ability to do things that are a bit more intricate and technical. It plays wonderfully but when it comes to tapping it just kinda fights me the whole way. Yes, I know that some awesome tapping can be performed on the fretless but I think that's an exception rather than the rule. Michael Manring is a great example but I'm not him and I don't have the money for a Hyperbass. Plus, even if my fretless J could be made to be more suitable for the technique I would like to keep it set up the way that it is. It's my only bass right now and I really love it. It works great for what I do with it. So, in the next couple of months I'm pulling the trigger on another bass; one that's more suitable for tapping. My question: what are all you tap masters using for basses to execute the technique. I've been a diehard J guy for a long time but I'm willing to look at other options in this case. I've seen people tap with a passive J but they were all using some kind of preamp box like the Sans Amp. What strings do you use and what guages? Low, medium, or high tension? One bass that I've had my eye on is the Spector Legend, the one with the set neck. It costs a bit more than the regular Legend. I've never been a huge fan of onboard preamps but I could make an exception in this case. I'd like to keep it under a grand preferably around $700. So, can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks a lot everyone.