When it comes to guitars, sometimes looks are everything. That may be blasphemous to the experienced, gig weary Rock God whose guitar has been beaten, burned, and abused before being duct-taped together again by a dedicated roadie. But, for the fledgling guitarist dreaming of licks, riffs, solos, and leads, looks are what matters, or more specifically it’s the mental image of what they will look like playing that counts. That image is what sustains them through the long road from Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to the distant horizon of Crazy Train and Stairway to Heaven. The road is bumpy and sometimes brutal, but it is the image of standing in front of a mirror looking awesome with their new guitar riding at their side that will, at times, be all that keeps them playing.Enter Daisy Rock Guitars.
When my wife came home and announced amidst a choir of rock and roll angels that she wanted to play electric guitar, it was the looks are everything phrase that popped into my mind. After a bit of research I found the Daisy Rock Siren, and once she saw it, she was hooked.
The company was founded by the president of Schecter Guitars’ wife, who wanted to find a way to encourage young girls to pick up the instrument, and has since expanded to numerous product lines and picked up professional endorsees like The Bangles. All which means they are able to target a market mostly ignored by the larger, more mainstream companies.
While the grizzled axe grinder may scoff at the sparkly pink, glitter encrusted look, the Siren fills a very specific void. Weighing less than half of my Les Paul and with a neck profile thin enough for anyone with petite or smallish hands to comfortably fret a barre cord, it is a well thought out and perfectly designed instrument for the female guitarist.
So sometimes, whether we like it or not, looks count. Luckily, the Siren can still sing a good song.
Who it’s for: Girls that want to sparkle, goth guitarists secure in their manhood, and anyone else that wants a feather-light, 22-fret guitar with a smooth neck and thin profile.
What it’s not: The pickups sound a bit thin and lack the growl of their larger cousins. The thin neck profile is a tad uncomfortable for anyone with above average to guerilla-sized hands.
Fret: 22 Medium
Scale: 24 3/4″
Bridge: Tune-O-Matic w/Stop Bar
Tuners: Daisy Custom
Pickup: Daisy Rock High-Output Humbuckers
Strings: D’Addario EXL 110
Electronics: Master Volume, Master Tone, 3-Way Selector
Finish: Atomic Pink (14-6742)
Weight: 6 lbs.