So this is a pretty obvious issue with me. I've been playing my latest guitar, a Washburn WM24 renegade with an Alt. 8 in the bridge, through my Blackstar HT-20, and I am having serious trouble getting the attack that I need out of the guitar. I play thrash type stuff often, and lately I've just been fighting with my guitar to get the attack to produce any aggression. At first I just tried to play cleaner and pick harder, but it gave me no results. Also, the pickup seems to lack any midrange. I seriously have to run the mids on my amp at 10, while on my other guitar with an A8 '59/custom hybrid I have mids to spare.
I'm considering having a new maple/maple neck built for the Washburn just to add some attack and midrange. (I like the looks of maple too...)