I’d have to say my favorite solo (as far as emotion and feel are concerned)is the solo from “Until The End” from the Diamonds in the Rough album. Every time I hear that solo I feel like I know exactly what was going through Syn’s Head during it. Insane feel
I’m not sure how big your hands are, but one of thing I do for The Stage intro and many other tapping licks that involve string skipping is use my thumb to curl around the top of the neck and fretboard to lightly mute the lower strings. And as I’m using my left hand to hold the note (as I tap with my right hand) I lay my finger across the higher strings while I am tapping said notes. It reduces most all of the noise. Hope that helps!
Marshall make a solid state amp called the AVT 50 Head. That’s what I use and it sounds so amazing just by itself with a cabinet. It’s half tube amp have modeling amp. I get some pretty bad ass tones out of it!