Everything you need to know about fretwraps: what are they and do you need one?

Close up of a fretwrap on the headstock of a Chapman Guitars baritone
(Image credit: Future/Matt McCracken)

The humble fretwrap may not seem like much more than a simple piece of fabric, but it's actually a powerful tool for getting a cleaner and more controlled sound out of your guitar. Particularly useful in recording situations and for advanced techniques like two-hand tapping, slap bass, and sweep picking, this low-cost tool could be just the thing to help you take your playing to the next level.

I’ve been using a fretwrap for over a year now on my baritone, and I’ve found it made a noticeable difference to my playing. I record a lot of guitars both for my band and when testing products for reviews, and the fretwrap provides an easy way to clean up the sound. It’s a subtle difference, and by no means a substitute for effective string muting technique, but on a drop-tuned guitar, I’ve found it significantly decreases sympathetic resonance during regular playing, and is especially useful when tapping or sweeping.

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Matt McCracken
Junior Deals Writer

Matt is a Junior Deals Writer here at Guitar World. He regularly tests and reviews music gear with a focus on guitars, amps, pedals, modelers, and pretty much anything else guitar-related. Responsible for over 60 buying guides, a large part of his role is helping guitarists find the best deals on gear. Matt worked in music retail for 5 years at Dawsons Music and Northwest Guitars and has written for various music sites including MusicRadar, Guitar Player, Guitar.com, Ultimate Guitar, and Thomann’s t.blog. A regularly gigging guitarist with over 20 years of experience playing live and producing bands, he's performed everything from jazz to djent, gigging all over the country in more dingy venues than you can shake a drop-tuned guitar at. When he's not holed up in his home studio recording new songs or tweaking with pedal settings, you’ll find him making a racket with Northern noise hounds JACKALS