The Best 20 Songs For “Test Driving” A Guitar

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Written By Gary Daws

Chief Music Officer

When it comes to buying a new guitar, professional guitarists have their own way of testing the instrument to make sure that it suits their needs. One of the most common methods is playing a specific song or musical piece that can highlight the guitar’s strengths and weaknesses. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at some of the comments posted on Facebook regarding this topic, and see what songs guitarists play to test their guitars.

Why Test a Guitar?

Before we delve into the go-to songs, it’s important to understand why professional guitarists test their guitars. The answer is simple: to make sure that the guitar is capable of producing the sounds that they want. Different songs require different techniques, and a guitarist needs to ensure that the guitar can handle these techniques with ease. For example, if a guitarist plays mostly blues, they would want to test the guitar’s ability to produce a rich, warm tone. On the other hand, if they play metal, they would want to test the guitar’s ability to produce a heavy, crunchy sound.

The Go-To Songs

Here are some of the songs mentioned by the guitarists on Facebook as their go-to song when testing a guitar:

  1. “Width of a Circle” by David Bowie
  2. “Binge and Grab” by Buckethead
  3. “NIB” by Black Sabbath
  4. “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” by Pink Floyd
  5. “The Walk” by Pantera
  6. “Beatrice” by Sam Rivers
  7. “Ballad of a Crystal Man”
  8. “Misty” in Cmaj7
  9. “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  10. “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin
  11. “Hotel California” by Eagles
  12. “Cinnamon Girl” by Neil Young
  13. “The Fool and Me” by Robin Trower
  14. “Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen
  15. “Roadrunner” by The Modern Lovers
  16. “More Than Words” by Extreme
  17. “Fear of the Dark” by Iron Maiden
  18. “Fly By Night” by Rush
  19. “Caravan” by Wes Montgomery
  20. “Río Funk” by Lee Ritenour