i have a theory why every kid in a music store slaps the heck out of a bass. last night i was playing my bass with out an amp, and when i slapped, it was 2-3x louder then when played fingerstyle... and with the kids, its not about tone, it's about VOLUME. if you don't believe me, play Chameleon fingerstyle, then slap it (reminding you, do this at home... NOT in public. you don't wanna screw up a good song in public do you?) if you need to, record. even though this is just a theory, try it. you may even start to slap when you can't play through an amp at certian times!