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Daisy Rock’s First Guitar to Be Inducted into The Museum Of Making Music (10/15/06)


Daisy Rock Guitars Makes History as the World’s First “Girl Guitar” is added to Collection of Groundbreaking Musical Innovations.

On October 15, 2006, the world’s first “Girl Guitar,” created by Tish Ciravolo, President and Founder of Daisy Rock Guitars, is scheduled for induction into the Museum of Making Music located at the NAMM Headquarters in Carlsbad, California.

This yellow, daisy-shaped guitar (signed by Courtney Love) was the very first instrument manufactured by Daisy Rock Guitars, the original girl-guitar company. Tish believed that the cumbersome, overweight, generic-looking guitars saturating the market prior to Daisy Rock were stopping many girls from becoming guitarists and bassists. By altering traditional guitar and bass designs to make slimmer, lighter instruments featuring unique, eye-catching designs, Daisy Rock was the first guitar manufacturer to make guitars and basses for a completely neglected group - women. The company was embraced by girls of all ages, and has doubled in size each year since its inception in 2000. The number of girl guitarists has also doubled since the company first started, going from 5% of the total guitar market share in 2000 (where it had hovered throughout the entire 20th Century) to an all time high of 10% in 2006, with all signs indicating continued growth for years to come.

The induction of the world’s first girl guitar into the Museum’s collection of musical innovations is a very special honor for Daisy Rock Guitars. It acknowledges Tish’s success as a designer of a completely new line of instruments. It also signifies a turning point for the guitar industry, marking the moment when female guitarists and bassists were embraced by the industry for the first time - the day Tish Ciravolo launched Daisy Rock Guitars.

Daisy Rock Guitars and the Museum of Making Music are inviting people of all ages to participate in a daylong celebration scheduled for Sunday, October 15, 2006. All proceeds will benefit the San Diego Affiliate of the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. This exciting event will be hosted by Museum of Making Music, located at the NAMM Industry Headquarters at 5790 Armada Drive in Carlsbad, California.


2:00pm – Girl Guitar Workshop with Janet Robin
The day will start with a two-hour girl guitar workshop hosted by internationally-renowned guitarist and Daisy Rock clinician Janet Robin. Students will learn guitar tips and tricks from one of the finest guitarists in the world. Janet, a student of guitar legend Randy Rhoads, has toured, written and recorded with several well-known artists, including Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac), Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart), Melissa Etheridge, Colin Hay (Men At Work), Meredith Brooks, Marcy Levy (who co-wrote “Lay Down Sally” with Eric Clapton), and Michelle Shocked. In addition to being the clinician on Daisy Rock Guitars’ instructional videos, Janet has also performed on TV shows from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to the “Dr. Phil Show.” The class is open to the first 30 registrants. Two options are available:
ROCK STAR PACKAGE - $125: Includes 2-hour class plus a Daisy Rock Pixie Acoustic Guitar (SRP: $279) – you save $179!!
STARLET PACKAGE - $25: Includes class only (Daisy Rock Guitars will provide a Pixie Acoustic Guitars for students without an instrument)

Parents can register their children by contacting Jillian Jepsen at (760) 438-5996, extension 212.

6:00pm – Induction Ceremony and Reception
Following the induction of the world’s first girl guitar into a permanent display in the Museum’s prestigious collection, Tish Ciravolo will be on hand to thank the Museum, and discuss Daisy Rock Guitars and the company’s ongoing mission to “Provide females with whatever it takes to learn to play guitar and enjoy music.” Tish will also talk about Daisy Rock’s continuing efforts to help raise funds for breast cancer research, including the raffle of two signed Daisy Rock Guitars to help benefit the San Diego Affiliate of the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Raffle tickets, for a chance to win either a White Pearl 12-String Stardust Retro-H Guitar autographed by Wanda Jackson or a Champagne Sparkle Rock Candy Guitar autographed by The Donnas, will be sold at the event. The Raffle will begin mid-September and the drawing for the raffle will be held at the end of December 2006. Wine and cheese hors d’oeuvres will be served during the reception.

7:00pm – Live Musical Performance featuring the Legendary Wanda Jackson
The evening will be capped off with a very special performance by the legendary “Queen of Rockabilly,” Wanda Jackson, Daisy Rock’s first celebrity endorser, and the first woman of rock & roll. Wanda will be backed by her producer, Danny Harvey, along with her recording band for this exclusive event. Wanda will be performing songs from her latest CD, I Remember Elvis, as well as some of her greatest hits, which will be included in The Best of Wanda Jackson songbook scheduled for release later this year by Alfred Publishing.

Starting out as a teenage country singer, Wanda was encouraged to move from country music to rock & roll by her boyfriend, a young entertainer also just getting started — Elvis Presley. From 1956 to 1963, Wanda recorded a string of rock & roll and country hits, achieving success both at home and abroad. She has been nominated for the Grammy Award twice as the Best Performing Female Singer, and inducted into the Oklahoma Country Music Hall Of Fame, the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, the International Hall of Fame, the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, and the German Country Music Hall of Fame. Wanda has also received the Oklahoma Native Daughter Award, and an award from the National Endowment of Arts.

Tickets to this performance, which will take place in the intimate 160-seat performance venue at the Museum, are available for purchase by calling Jillian Jepsen at (760) 438-5996, extension 212. Tickets are $30; $25 for museum members.

We hope you will join us at this very special event. With the continued success of the company, and the new wave of skilled and talented female musicians, what we are witnessing is certainly not a fad; it may very well be a revolution.

The Museum of Making Music, located at NAMM Headquarters in Carlsbad, CA, exhibits a century of musical instruments and innovations the helped shape popular music from the 1890s to the present day. It features over 500 vintage instruments on display, audio samples of popular music from the past century and a unique interactive area where visitors can create their own music on a variety of modern-day instruments. For more information, please (760) 438-5996 or visit www.museumofmakingmusic.org.

NAMM is the not-for-profit trade association of the international music products industry. Primarily comprised of retailers and manufacturers of musical instruments and related products, the 9,000-member association’s focus is to improve people’s lives by connecting them with the proven benefits of making music, regardless of their age or skill level. For more information about NAMM, please visit namm.org.