James Ray’s Zager ZAD-20 Black Review

James E. Ray <****ray@aol.com>

ZAD-20 Black

Model: zad20black

How did you hear about this brand?
I found it on the E. net, and I bought one the zag 50ce ,about 3 yrs ago and i love it. I have 5 other guitar,s But the zager 50ce is the only one I play because of the ease of playing. I have , a washbon,and several other brands. But the best one I have is my zager,and I love it Keep up the good work.I have tried to play, over 40 yrs, but allwayes would give up because, my fingers would get so sore But with the zager, it lets me play, without my fingers geting sore and I like the sound and tha looks as well.

How does this guitar compare with your old guitar, other guitars, or guitars you’ve tried in stores?
It is the best Guitar, I have ever owned, and I have 5 other Guitar, But it is the only one I play.

What’s your favorite part about this guitar?
The ease of playing and the sound and the looks, James E Ray 442 Spring House lane Louisville, Ky. 40229

If you didn’t know the price of this guitar what would you estimate the price to be?
I would say about 700 to 800 Hundred, I have checked several music stores,

How would you rate customer support?
It must be very Good, but I have not had to use it,I have had no problems with my Guitar. I am very plesed with it.

Would you recommend this guitar to others…if so why?
I have Suggested it to other people, To check out the web sight.

Additional comments:
I am getting ready to order, The Zag 50 Black , I like the looks of it, I just wished I could. get it with the electronis, like cut out has.

Zager ZAD20 Vintage Sunburst Review

Raymond”Andy”Anderson <****andy59@yahoo.com>

Zager ZAD20 Sunburst

Model: zad20sunburst

How did you hear about this brand?
On the internet several years ago , while looking at Martin guitars, What struck me was the EZ play that caught my eye.. After visiting the site, I decided to purchase the zad 50 sunburst, and the case.. Upon receiving the guitar, I was amazed at the quality and craftmanship, and the EZ play was correct.. I started making chords I never could master with my Gibson or Martin…

How does this guitar compare with your old guitar, other guitars, or guitars you’ve tried in stores?
I own a 1972 martin d-41, and it is in really bad shape from age, the glue is coming loose on the neck, and cracks in the finish… My ZAD 50 has taken its place, as well as the others I own.. I dont want to play anything else..What a great sounding,easy playing guitar.

What’s your favorite part about this guitar?
two parts.. Number 1 is the easy play feature.. Its everything you advertised,and more, Number 2 is the on board tuner, and audio adjustment.

If you didn’t know the price of this guitar what would you estimate the price to be?
$2,000. to $3,000.

How would you rate customer support?
Great service, always eager to answer questions or problems…

Would you recommend this guitar to others…if so why?
I highly recommend this guitar to all my friends.. I have had folks come up during breaks and inquire about the name, “ZAGER”” to which I tell them , they need to get one…

John Baca’s Zager Guitar Review – ZAD80CE

John Baca <****aca@frontier.com>

Zager ZAD-80CE

Model: zad80ce

How did you hear about this brand?
E-Bay browsing in 2006 and then followed up to the Zager website.

How does this guitar compare with your old guitar, other guitars, or guitars you’ve tried in stores?
I have a friend with a $4000 Taylor bought about 10 years ago that doesn’t look as good as my ZAD80CE. I like the sound of my ZAD80CE (bought in 2006) just as much as his Taylor and the ZAD was only one fourth the price. I can’t tell any difference in sound except that the Taylor plays a little louder with the thicker strings my friend uses on it. I can not justify $3000 more for a guitar that sounds the same. And, the Taylor has the much sought after Brazilian Rosewood back and sides. Again, the playability of the ZAD is superior and I can’t tell any difference in tone. That makes the ZAGER a better deal in my book.

What’s your favorite part about this guitar?
Ease of playing, the sound, the fit and finish in that order.

If you didn’t know the price of this guitar what would you estimate the price to be?
$2500 – $3500 new at a retail guitar store

How would you rate customer support?
I can’t say enough good things about Zager service. Doing business with ZAGER GUITARS is a pleasure. Outstanding fast support and courtesy is what you get with ZAGER. They have shown me repeatedly that they honor the 100% return policy that is stated in the website. True story – The first guitar I received in 2006 had a slight flaw on the finish that I believe happened in shipping. I contacted Dennis Jr and he immediately responded without question providing me with a return prepaid shipping label and said to keep the extra goodies that came with the guitar (shirt, strings, pictures, picks, etc). He immediately sent a replacement guitar that I have to say is truly beautiful. The grain direction, the finish, the setup are all perfect! I love this guitar! And another set of goodies came with it! I play a lot in my shop which is quite a bit colder than my house. I did not want to keep exposing the ZAD80CE (a full size) to the temperature fluctuations going in and out of the house so I decided that I wanted a second guitar to just keep in the house. I ordered a second, smaller guitar from Zager, a Big Baby Mahogony. When it arrived (in just 5 days from Nebraska to Seattle) I found that I did not like the shortened neck that is standard on the Baby series. I contacted Dennis Jr and once again, he immediately responded without question providing me with a return prepaid shipping label and again said to keep the extra goodies that came with it. I asked Dennis to replace the Big Baby with a ZAD80CEOM Orchestra Model. Dennis sent the more expensive replacement out before I even posted the Big Baby back to him. The OM is on it’s way to me now and the Big Baby is just going to UPS today! Really, that’s good service. No questions asked. Just answers. Well done ZAGER GUITARS!

Would you recommend this guitar to others…if so why?
Already have recommended it, repeatedly. It is the best value that I have found for a guitar. One guy I recommended to bought a ZAD50CE based on the recommendation. He has many guitars and the ZAGER is one of his favorites because of the playability. The “string science” setup is the frosting on top of the cake and finishes making my ZAD80CE the superb instument that it is. Playability of this guitar can not be surpassed without an experienced luthier doing a lot of work. That PROFESSIONAL setup is standard and comes included with the ZAGER.

Additional comments:
A BIG sincere THANKS to ZAGER for their honesty, speedy service, and for such a fine product at a very fair price!

Dave R. Reviews the Zager ZAD-80 OM

Dave R. 

ZAD80 OM Size Acoustic Guitar


Model: zad80om

How did you hear about this brand?
Doing research on line I came across the brand and was interested because of the other reviews.

How does this guitar compare with your old guitar, other guitars, or guitars you’ve tried in stores?
I have owned and played both Taylor and Martin guitars and, while I truly love the sound I get from each – they are very different – the Zager really is an easier guitar to play. The sound is good – comparable to my Martin but the Zager tune allows me to play much longer. I also find that this guitar looks great.

What’s your favorite part about this guitar?
I like the way it looks and sounds.

If you didn’t know the price of this guitar what would you estimate the price to be?
$2000+

How would you rate customer support?
This is where the company shines in my estimation. I bought a guitar and was told there were blemishes – and I got a discount. When I received it I loved the way it sounded but the blemish bothered me. My wife teased me because it clearly didn’t effect the sound at all, just my sense of perfection. I emailed the company and, within a day, they had sent a replacement – which is perfect. I did pay a slight difference in price – which I should have paid in the beginning – but the company picked up shipping and even sent me a second T Shirt. Truly they went above and beyond in every aspect of the customer experience.

Would you recommend this guitar to others…if so why?
I’m one of those people that drives the music store crazy. I look and play and look and play before I buy. In my experience this guitar meets the high expectations the web site builds – it sounds better and plays much, much better than the price would indicate. It is beautiful too!

Additional comments:
Customer service is king these days and Zager exceeded all of my expectations in resolving a problem of my own making – Thanks!

Mike Levar Zager Guitar Review

Mike LeVAR <****ar.mike@yahoo.com>

Zager ZAD-80CE

Model: zad80ceom

How did you hear about this brand?
i was surfing the net a few years ago and ran across some references to Denny Zager E-Z play guitars, and then i checked them out on Harmony Central and liked what they said and i wanted one ever since! but it took me a few years to be able to buy one.

How does this guitar compare with your old guitar, other guitars, or guitars you’ve tried in stores?
i have some excellent, great-sounding guitars, but no expensive big name ones except maybe my older McPherson, which i bought at a bargain price on ebay, but my Zager 80ce-om has a fuller, sweeter deeper sound and it does it much easier than the others. it has a fuller resonance than my other guitars even tho it’s a somewhat smaller orchestra model. it’s a beautiful, friendly-sized guitar with a big guitar sound!

What’s your favorite part about this guitar?
the sweet, mellow tone is absolutely fantastic! and it projects its full deep round sound so easily! the tones are complete and clear and so easy to achieve that my 80ce-om makes me want to pick it up and pick it! the woods are top grade tone woods, put together and trimmed to perfection! it plays so beautifully unplugged that plugging it in and taking advantage of the great Fishman electronics is almost an afterthought! a great guitar should be great plugged or unplugged, and my Zager 80ce-om is great all around All-American guitar!!

If you didn’t know the price of this guitar what would you estimate the price to be?
i would guess at least $2,000-$3,000. i’ve played big name, big reputation, big buck guitars in stores and i wouldn’t trade my Zager 80ce-om for any of them even money! if the price were based on sound and playability my Zager would cost many times what i payed for it new from Denny Zager!

How would you rate customer support?
so far, with the contact i’ve had with Zager & co. i would rate them at the top of my guitar-buying experience! they answer emails promptly and friendly and with caring understanding and reasonable accomodation. i don’t anticipate having any guitar issues to bother them with, given the high-quality of their guitars, but if i did i know they’d help me out to the max!

Would you recommend this guitar to others…if so why?
i absolutely reccomend Zager E-Z play guitars to every player i know, and especially my 80ce-om! it’s the perfect sounding, perfect playing, perfect sized and best looking guitar around! and for the direct-buy price from from Zager it’s a world-beater!!

Additional comments:
i thank Denny and Dennis Zager for their music lovers development and perfecting of the good ol’ flattop guitar, and their company integrity in marketing them. long may they prosper!! thanks again, mike

Zager ZAD-80CE Review – John R.

John R

Zager ZAD-80CE Acoustic Electric


Model: zad80ce

How did you hear about this brand?
Previous purchase- Internet Search

How does this guitar compare with your old guitar, other guitars, or guitars you’ve tried in stores?
I have owned Takamine, Gibson, Martin, Yamaha,Ovation and Seagulls along with a few others. The playability of this guitar beats all others I have owned. I bought a Zad50CE a couple of years ago, and found myself picking it up and leaving the others. (the others were a Martin and Seagull) I recently bought a Zad80CE and found it to be of such superior quality that I am selling everything else, and moving only to Zagers

What’s your favorite part about this guitar?
This is a toss up. Playability, or sound. They are clear, bright and the sustain is second to none.

If you didn’t know the price of this guitar what would you estimate the price to be?
I would expect the price of the 80CE to be in the $1700-$2300 range

How would you rate customer support?
Excellent, I have sent emails that were responded to within minutes.

Would you recommend this guitar to others…if so why?
Without a doubt, Save yourself a lot of pain, both in the wallet and with your fingers!

Additional comments:
My Zad50CE is destined to be the road guitar, as I travel a lot and enjoy taking a guitar with me. They are both beautiful guitars. When I took a 50CE to a shop to show a friend, everyone there wanted a little time on it. I wouldn’t recommend anything else for any level of player.

Sally Hanas Zager Guitar Review

Sally Hanas <****hanas@yahoo.com>
Model: zad50ceom

How did you hear about this brand?
From a friend who has another Zager model

How does this guitar compare with your old guitar, other guitars, or guitars you’ve tried in stores?
My first guitar was a Takamine Jasmine and the Zager is so much better and easier to play.

ZAD-50CE OM Size

What’s your favorite part about this guitar?
The ease of playing….the string pressure is so much nicer and takes so much less pressure to play which makes this an easier guitar to play for any amount of time, especially when learning to play and need to practice a lot. Sound quality is a big plus!

If you didn’t know the price of this guitar what would you estimate the price to be?
At least over a $1,000 which it isn’t.

How would you rate customer support?
Excellent, got my guitar only a few days after ordering and the on-line support is excellent. My questions were answered promptly.

Would you recommend this guitar to others…if so why?
Yes definitely….it is so easy to play and has such a beautiful sound quality. I have friends that play Martins and Taylors and they are definitely impressed with the quality of the sound and the ease of playing it; it’s hard to get them to give it back to me! I am so happy to have this wonderful guitar! I also love this size.

Additional comments:
I believe anyone buying a Zager would be extremely pleased to own one as I have been.

Zager Acoustic Guitar Review by Harry Smith

I have played and experienced a lot of guitar already but Acoustic Zager guitar really is one of the best I’ve ever played.

You might think that Zager’s EZ (easy) Play is exaggerated but the truth is, it’s really easy to play. I purchased a ZAger ZadS20 years back and I’ll tell you, it’s still working great and sound is still good just string maintenance like any other guitars.

It’s a Zager acoustic guitar made out if mahogany wood. It has a flawless gloss finish, solid mahogany sides, top, and back. Rosewood Bridge with tusk saddles, abalone rosette around the sound hole, Grover tuning machines, and ebony binding. It’s really stylish and such a feast to the eye.

Sound Quality: Great rich, solid tone. Sounds better than other guitars that are three times its price. Also sounds great when hooked up to the amp.

I have this baby for a while and no matter how many times I use it, the quality of sound is the same and with lifetime warranty, my guitar is in safe hands.

So far, I love playing this guitar. I recommend it to anyone who wants a really nice sounding, looking, and playing guitar for a great price.

ZAGER ACOUSTIC ZAD-80CE

Price Paid:$995.00 USD
Submitted by Jean Heller Stephens

Features : 10
This acoustic/electric studio-sized cutaway is, quite simply, beautifully traditional. And true to its hype, it does play easily, making me a more nimble and flexible player than I have been on other instruments. The strings lay close to the frets and are spaced slightly wider than normal for easy clean finger placement without the extra width of a nylon-string classical. The guitar does seem heavier than I’m used to, but since it sits on my thigh, it’s really not a problem.

Sound : 10
It has the same rich, throaty tone as my Eric Clapton/Martin, which is saying a lot. I’ve owned it for a week, and it has responded to all my requests, from folk to blues to classic rock.

Action, Fit, & Finish : 10
Perfect factory setup. Everything tight as a drum. The guitar was nearly perfectly tuned when it arrived. The hardware is beautiful, and the strings are so close to the frets you can nearly blow a chord onto them.
Reliability/Durability : 10
I wouldn’t use any guitar on a gig without a backup, but that probably has more to do with the possibility of a string fraying or breaking than anything to do with the guitar itself. I’ve only had it a week, but this instrument seems as if it would stand up to any reasonable use. The finish is very uniform and deep, and everything about the guitar is solid.
Customer Support : 10
Lifetime warranty. Awesome support. My first contact with the Zager company was by email on a Sunday evening, and someone was there. No repairs required yet, but if early experience is an indicator, they will be there when I need them.
Overall Rating : 10
I’ve been playing for 36 years. In addition to the Zager 80CE, I own a Martin/Eric Clapton signature, a Small Martin for travel, and a Cordoba acoustic/electric nylon-string classical guitar. My favorite feature on the Zager is the string positions. My least favorite is the weight. I recommend the Zager line without qualification. The 80CE cost less than half what the Clapton Martin cost, and compares quite favorably.