How to Eliminate String Noise on a Guitar

by Joe

Hi, I was wondering if you can tell me , What can I do about the screeching noise the strings make when you slide your fingers up and down the frets? Thank You.


Hi, Joe

First of all, the string noise is not all bad and is even sought after by some guitarists. That said, it must be bothering YOU, so here are some observations.

You don't say whether you are playing acoustic or electric. Acoustic strings tend to have more noise than electric.

New strings tend to be noisier because they have not yet absorbed the oils of your hand. Also, strings that are set low tend to be easier to play but noisier.

So--what can you do? First, I DO NOT recommend using the commercial preparations that are designed to be sprayed on your hands. They just gum up your strings and fret board.


Some of the noise can be controlled simply by improving your technique in switching between chords. Try lessening the pressure on the strings as you move to the new chord.


This is a very simple solution: Get coated strings. They tend to eliminate noise. Here are some examples (since I don't know whether you are playing acoustic or electric, I included some of both):

Elixir 80/20 Bronze Anti Rust Polyweb Medium Acoustic Guitar Strings

DR Strings EXR-11 Extra Life Clear Coated Acoustic Phosphor Bronze Guitar Strings

DR Strings SIE-11 Silver Stars Coated Medium-Lite Electric Guitar Strings

Cleartone Medium Gauge Coated Electric Guitar Strings

Hope this helps!


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