This has been somewhat of an obsession of mine for the last year or two, and want to know which technique seems more popular. I certainly feel that plucking cleanly, and not hitting the string below the one I'm playing, sounds much cleaner. However, I seem to be far more consistent with my volume, and have less muting trouble when using the rest stroke. I also seem to think less, and groove better. The problem with the rest stroke, though, is that there is plenty of noise from striking the string I'm not playing. This is definitely covered up when playing with a band, but should I let this stop me from trying to play with no noise at all? I'd love to hear some opinions on this, as I think about it constantly.