Price paid: $ 140
Purchased from: Used
Sound — 9
I play mostly rock/hard rock, and I really like how it works for that. It can be a little on the bright side, but it is certainly not a thin or brittle type. It also gets some very nice blues and even some fairly decent twang with the coil tap. One thing it does not seem to do well is that really deep nu-metal type tone. If you're looking for that, I can imagine you may end up disappointed. It is wonderful for me though. A nice mid-rangy tone that easily sits in a mix.
Overall Impression — 9
It is a great fit for rock/hard rock. I have been playing for a bit over twenty years, but I have really only been serious and consistent for the last ten. I have a couple of other Daisy Rock guitars (A Rock Candy Classic guitar and Rock Candy bass). For amps and effects, I've used Line 6 Pods for the past 4 years or so and now using a Pod HD 500. For amplification I currently have a little 25W Fender Frontman for portability and also a Crate Blue Voodoo head and cabinet. If I had to replace this, I most definitely would! I just love the neck, and how light and comfortable it is to play for hours! It is a really lovely guitar, sounds great, and (if setup well) super fun to play. What more could I want?
Reliability & Durability — 10
It has never let me down in this area, and I have played and travelled a lot with this particular guitar. I can't comment on the strap buttons as someone else mentioned, I always change those out right away and put strap locks on. I certainly trust and depend on it, and I've even flown out of the country with it going in checked baggage. In a flight case, of course. The finish is starting to show signs of use. Mine is a 'Black Star' with a matte black finish that is starting to get quite shiny in a few areas from playing. As far as the chips and dings, well it is hard to not expect that if you dance and jump around a lot when playing and have a tendency to bump into things.
Action, Fit & Finish — 5
I can't say how this one was from the factory, being used, but I have tried a number of Daisy Rocks off the shelf, and I do think that they could use better consistency on the setups. It is hard to say though, it could also be a lack of care from the particular shop(s) they happened to be in. I am fairly particular about my setups though, and I tend to do them myself. There didn't seem to be any flaws on this one though. I still have to only give it a 6 rating here, because as a brand off the shelf, I've seen a wide range of setup (and build?) quality and even some that were unplayable. I don't think I could recommend one based on this unless you know how to setup a guitar well on your own or have a reliable shop to work with.
Features — 9
This is a 24.75" scale guitar, Les Paul sycamore body, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard. Hardware: Through the body Tune-o-matic bridge, 2 passive Duncan Designed humbuckers, 1 Volume, 1 Tone that pulls to toggle humbucking and split/single coil modes, 3 way pickup selector. The neck and body are very slim and comfortable, making it a very lightweight guitar that is easy to play for hours.