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Daisy Rock rebuts claims St Vincent's Ernie Ball is the first female signature guitar made for the mass market

Laura  Barnes
Daisy Rock rebuts claims St Vincent's Ernie Ball is the first female signature guitar made for the mass market

Female-owned guitar maker Daisy Rock has hit back at claims that St Vincent’s Ernie Ball signature model is the first for mass market designed by a woman, asking for the industry to “give credit where credit is earned”.

In a recent interview with St. Vincent (aka guitarist and musicians Annie Clark), VICE reporter Mary H.K. Choi stated that with the release of her new Ernie Ball signature guitar model, Clark was the “first woman ever to create her own electric guitar for the mass market”.

Daisy Rock Guitars president and founder, Tish Ciravolo, has called this statement “categorically false”, as she has been designing guitars for the mass market since founding the company in 2000.

In addition, Daisy Rock has released several signature models designed by female players.
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“The Bangles designed and released their own signature Daisy Rock guitar in 2008,” Ciravolo said. At its time of release, The Bangles’ guitarist Vicki Peterson (pictured) stated: “We've got a signature model of a Daisy Rock which we've had the chance to make our very own – it's a really awesome guitar. We want to get young girls into playing the guitar because we need more female rockers.” 

Daisy Rock Guitars and Wanda Jackson designed the Wanda Jackson Signature Wildwood Acoustic Guitar in 2005 and Daisy Rock Guitars and Annie Clements designed the Sugarland Bass in 2011. 

“There are literally hundreds of female artists that we have worked with in designing their own signature guitars, some for mass market sales, and some just because they love what Daisy Rock does and stands for. St. Vincent, as the author claims, is not the first woman to create a guitar with her name on it for the mass market” said Tish Ciravolo. “I wish VICE and Mary Choi would have done their research. Had they done so, they would have uncovered all the great women who were pioneers in encouraging other women and young girls to play guitar, in conjunction with my company.”

There are literally hundreds of female artists that we have worked with in designing their own signature guitars.

Tish Ciravolo, Daisy Rock

During the VICE interview Clark also shared the sentiment that “as a kid trying to work out Pantera riffs” she was “offended” by pink or flower-shaped guitars that were made by guitar brands “catering specifically to women.”

In regard to this statement by Clark, Bonnie Gallanter, Director of The Women’s International Music Network and President, Muse Artist Management, commented: “Why would the availability of a guitar that might appeal to girls offend a player? If you don’t like a pink or flowered guitar, buy something else. But don’t deny that guitars made for girls has made guitar playing more appealing to girls, and that guitars of all shapes, colours and sizes should be available to players of all shapes, sizes and genders. Many of my younger artists were inspired to pick up and learn guitar because of Daisy Rock Girl Guitars."

"When women stop tearing down other women in our industry, then we all win. Giving credit where credit is earned and building up women, showcasing women, congratulating women should be our motto," said Ciravolo.

Daisy Rock claims to be the only girl guitar company in the world, with the first designed guitar for females displayed in the NAMM Museum of Music.

For more information visit DaisyRock.com

Tags: ernie ball , Daisy Rock , women in music , St. Vincent , Daisy Rock Guitars , VICE , female guitarists , Tish Ciravolo

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