Tested by Michael MolendaJames Brown could have been singing about the guitar community when he belted out the unpolitically correct chorus of his 1966 hit “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” By design, guitarists are a macho lot, and our tools tend to be big, ballsy, and serious in the extreme. This is why Daisy Rock is so refreshing. Headed by a woman (Tish Ciravolo) and dedicated to seducing more rocker girls into the joys of guitar playing, Daisy Rock guitars are whimsical, fun, outrageous, cute, colorful, and easy to play (the models offer some of the thinnest and slimmest necks in the industry—which makes the fretboards extremely user friendly for those with smallish hands). But with last year’s Retro-H (reviewed November ’03) and the new Rock Candy series, Daisy Rock is also producing fabulous professional-quality models that can be had for under $400. And even an unrepentant budget-oblivious spendthrift such as myself can appreciate a bargain—especially if that means I can acquire yet another groovy guitar without squirreling away my lunch money for a couple of months. The Rock Candies are humbucker-equipped, single cutaway machines that perspire classic rock with a slightly dandified bent. The fretboard star inlays are just giddy enough to lend a little bemused style—kind of like Jimmy Page wearing an ascot—but only true peacocks and attention-starved rockers will feel comfortable with the Rock Candy’s atomic pink and champagne sparkle finishes. The craftsmanship on both guitars is good, although epoxy is visible around the inlays, some frets betray slight file marks, and the interiors are a tad rough (one of the wires had its insulation torn during assembly). Each Candy also exhibits an ever-so-slight intonation blur. When you play an open-D chord on the Special, for example, the B string is a little sour when you barre the same chord at the tenth fret. On the Rock Candy, it’s the G string that goes a bit south. Finally, the action is set very low on both models—low enough to create excessive buzzes above the 12th fret (a trussrod tweak and/or adjustment of the bridge height should cure the problem).
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