Zager ZAD-80 Reviews 5

After playing an Epiphone FT-140 for about 15 years, I began poking around on the web to see what I could find in the way of a great guitar. I went to ebay to see what's there since I didn't want to spend a fortune & wouldn't mind a 2nd hand guitar if it was really good. Anyway, I found & checked it out. Although I had some misgivings about ordering a guitar without playing it, the guarantee & the great price ($545 for the ZAD-80 & $95 for a hard shell case)made me take the leap.

It arrived very quickly even though I live in the extreme boonies. The package included an extra set of a strings & a T-shirt. The Zager ZAD-80 is an incredibly beautiful instrument, but more importantly, the way it plays & the tone of the guitar just knocked me over--I couldn't put it down! My wife even noted my enthusiasm for my new guitar in our Christmas letter this year. I've played it at our local jam session, community events, & church and received lots of compliments on the sound it produces. A number of my friends have tried it out and are most impressed. I also like the fact that Denny Zager Sr. personally does the work & signs each guitar. He obviously is very gifted in his work as a guitar craftsman & I always liked the song he co-wrote, "In the Year 2525." Denny Zager Jr. was prompt in replying to my email enquiries. This family runs the kind of company I like doing business with.

There is absolutely nothing I don't like about this guitar or the way this company does business.

Anyone who wants a high end guitar at a reaonable price needs to check out a Zager guitar. My final comment is, "In the year 2525, if I am still alive, if my music still survives, you will playing my Zager ZAD-80 acoustic guitar." Blessings, Ben Zandstra

Ben Zandstra rated this unit 5 on 2005-01-31.

I found it on the internet at and ordered from the company. I was impressed with the string science and the testimonials on both the Zager and E-Bay websites. The guitar is $545.00

Denny Sr. and Denny Jr., I feel I owe you guys a testimonial since that is what helped push me over the edge to try a Zager. I had gotten a Martin guitar for Christmas a couple of years ago. I picked a Martin because I love the sound. Unfortunately a couple months later I couldnít get used to the high action. I was very upset because of how good it sounds. I told my wife about a year later that I need another acoustic guitar that I could play for a decent amount of time without killing my left hand. She thought I was crazy. I was teaching guitar to a friend of mine and she had gotten a much cheaper guitar that had a way better action than mine. I didnít sound as good but I sure could play it a lot better. I had made up my mind that I would get one of those guitars this Christmas. I am one of those types who will do months of research before I will order. I already had a guitar picked out 12 months ago or more and I was just about to order it when I decided to look for any more reviews on the internet. In my search a result came up for Zager guitar. I never heard of it so I clicked on it just out of curiosity. I read about the string science which sounded exactly what I was looking for. I really wasnít all that convinced because people seem to make all kinds of claims to sell their products. I emailed Denny Jr. just to ask a couple of questions just out of curiosity. The response came back very quickly and it was late at night also. I was impressed but still very skeptical. He suggested I go to e-bay and check out their customer rating and check out the magazine review. Which I did. I decided I would go with the Martin DR-41 with the Zager string science because after all it was a Martin. I wrote back to Denny Jr. and told him what I was looking for and what guitar I wanted. He suggested that the ZAD-80 would be a better fit for me because of hand size. I was disappointed because I really wanted another Martin. He was also talking me into a lower priced guitar. Well I made up my mind that I will give this ZAD-80 a try and just be willing to accept the fact that I may waste $600. I nervously called the company and Denny Sr. answered the phone. I thought he would just take my money and be done with me. Well he spent about 20 min making sure all my questions were answered and how he was going to back his guitar with the money back guarantee if I didnít like it. This was all before I even told him what guitar I wanted. I was quite impressed talking to him on the phone. I ordered the ZAD-80. The guitar came in Nov. and since it was a Christmas gift I was only allowed to inspect it for damage. I opened it up and was pleasantly stunned by the guitarís appearance. But looks can be deceiving. I pulled it out of the box and played a couple of chords and it was in tune just like other testimonials said. Now it is past Christmas and now I can give a fair evaluation of the ZAD-80. Most companies make claims that their products just canít achieve. I see this all the time. I can honestly say that Zager gives you more than what you pay for. I know it is hard to believe. This guitar is beautiful. I feel the pictures on the web site donít do it justice. I asked my wife, who could care less about guitars, what she thought about it. She said it looks nice but is sounds just like your other guitar (which is a Martin). I think that is quite a compliment. I am not saying it is a Martin copy not at all it is a Zager with its own great sound and much easier to play. The quality of this guitar is outstanding to say the least. This guitar tunes better and stays in tune better than any guitar I have ever owned. I have played the top of the line guitars from different companies and when you play a very special one you can just feel it. I get the same feeling playing the ZAD-80. I just wish I would have found your company years ago. I really hope this helps both the Zager guitar company and anyone who is looking for a great instrument at a more than fair price. Thanks again, Joe Mackin

There isn't anything I don't like about the guitar. It is great!

There quality and contruction easily surpass the price of the instrument.

The best sounding, looking and easy to play acoustic Guitar for the money period. Easily comparable to Martin, Taylor ect.

Joe Mackin rated this unit 5 on 2005-01-27.

I was in the market for a new acoustic guitar and had been doing alot of research both on the internet and by visiting alot of music stores. I ran accross by accident. Of all the guitars I had been playing in the stores, none of them felt "right". I knew it was a long shot ordering a guitar on the internet i had never seen much less played. But, with the Zager guarantee the will even refund your shipping charges both ways if you don't like it for ANY REASON!!! On first look it struck me as a "nice" guitar, but when i held it and played it, I knew I had found the guitar for me. I have never played a guitar that was as fast and fingered as easily as this one. My daily playing time has almost doubled. I guess my highest praise is to say I would buy this guitar over, and over.

The extremely low action, without buzzing. The speed and ease of fingering.

I haven't found anything so far.

This guitar is of quality construction with excellent materials.

If you have a few grand you want to waste go ahead, but if you want the easiest playing and best sounding guitar you have ever had in your hands, then zager is it.

Ron rated this unit 5 on 2005-01-27.

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