Acoustic Guitar Review

Van Fayard’s Zager Guitar Review

Van Fayard <****fayard@centurytel.net
Model: zad50ce

How did you hear about this brand?
Surfing the Web

How does this guitar compare with your old guitar, other guitars, or guitars you’ve tried in stores?
Awesome workmanship and easy on the fingers and hands to form chords

What’s your favorite part about this guitar?
How easy it is on the fingers and hands to play

If you didn’t know the price of this guitar what would you estimate the price to be?
$500-$1,000

How would you rate customer support?
Superb

Would you recommend this guitar to others…if so why?
Absolutely, top quality construction, hardware and sound quality at a ridiculous low price.

Additional comments:
I hope to add to my collection in the future with more Zager guitars. Thanks So Much.

Wayne Orvik’s Zager Guitar Review

Wayne Orvik <****d river carriage @msn.com>

How did you hear about this brand?
I Googled “easy play guitar” and the Zager web site was first on the list.

How does this guitar compare with your old guitar, other guitars, or guitars you’ve tried in stores?
My other guitar is a Fender 12 string I purchased in the mid 1980′s and is a fine guitar but when I developed arthuritis in my left thumb I could only play it a little and then not at all. The other acoustic guitars I tried in the shops didn’t have the neck I was looking for so I went on line and came accross the Zager guitars. I had nothing to loose so I ordered one. When I took it from the box and tuned it it took a few minuites and I was playing again. The neck reminded me of my Old Fender Mustang from the 60′s with a good fast action. The Zager has the neck I was looking for.

What’s your favorite part about this guitar?
The smooth action of the neck and the sound resonance

If you didn’t know the price of this guitar what would you estimate the price to be?
around $1500.00

How would you rate customer support?
Excelent

Would you recommend this guitar to others…if so why?
I recomend this guitar because it is everything that it was said to be and more. I told a friend about it and he bought one too.

Additional comments:
The Zager family needs to cary on the tradition and don’t pay attention to what the critics say. They must not have been there.

Zager Guitar Review by Jerry Schlegel

Jerry Schlegel <****legel@v-link.net>

How did you hear about this brand?
I was looking around on the internet, wanting to buy a new guitar. I ran across your Zager name, and read about your guitar, your warranty,pricing, and models.

How does this guitar compare with your old guitar, other guitars, or guitars you’ve tried in stores?
It is easier to play, and sounds great. I have a guitar that I bought many years ago, which doesn’t play as easy.

What’s your favorite part about this guitar?
The playability, fit and finish is excelant, and it’s pretty too.

If you didn’t know the price of this guitar what would you estimate the price to be?
I would guess about 995.00. I was looking at Martins on the internet, and their low end was under 2000.00.

How would you rate customer support?
Good, so far I haven’t needed much.

Would you recommend this guitar to others…if so why?
Yes and I have already done that several times. I gave your web to several people, but I don’t know if it has helped you.

Additional comments:
Everone that has seen my guitar likes the look of ir. I play with a group at Veterans Home, nursing home, and our Jackson Senior center about 6 times per month.

Greg Clark Zager Guitar Review

Greg Clark <****aloma@yahoo.com>

Zager ZAD-80CE

Model: zad80ce

How did you hear about this brand?
I just found the website on the internet when researching guitars. I was suspicious at first, but am so glad I took the leap of faith and bought the guitar.

How does this guitar compare with your old guitar, other guitars, or guitars you’ve tried in stores?
I have owned many different guitars including high end models from Martin, Takamine, and Ovation. I have played Taylor and others in the stores. This Zager is a very nice, wonderful sounding guitar. It is much easier to play than any other guitar (with steel strings) I have held.This guitar just feels perfect in my hands.

What’s your favorite part about this guitar?
What is my favorite part? The whole guitar is my favorite part. I just enjoy playing it. It sounds great, it looks great. It is a very sweet guitar that feels very good in my hands and sounds magical to my ears. It sounds great unplugged and it sounds great plugged in.

If you didn’t know the price of this guitar what would you estimate the price to be?
This guitar could easily be sold for twice the price if it were sold in retail store. I would say somewhere around the $18-$1900 point would be very realistic. I have played some much more expensive guitars that do not sound or play as good as the Zager. This guitar proves a person can spend too much for a name on a guitar.

How would you rate customer support?
Customer support at Zager Guitar should be the model for customer support in America! I have always received prompt responses to my e-mail questions, doing business was very easy and seem to have a personal touch to the transaction. It is sad that other businesses seem to have lost the ability to really go out of their way to earn someone’s business. Customer service with Zager guitar could not be any better in my opinion. I was very satisfied in doing business with them.

Would you recommend this guitar to others…if so why?
Yes I would. I have had an outstanding experience. I found this website accidentally and learned about Zager guitars. it takes a certain amount of risk to buy something as personal as a guitar over the Internet. I have had a couple of negative experiences doing this on eBay. However, this company offers a money back guarantee and even agrees to pay for shipping both ways if I didn’t like the guitar. I took a chance, I bought the guitar, and I have been very impressed with my purchase. I now own a guitar that appeals to my eyes, ears and let’s not forget, hands! I can play this guitar for hours on end and not be sore. Because of this, I know I will progress faster in my knowledge and ability to play the guitar because of me not wanting to put this guitar down.

Additional comments:
For anyone who reads this testimonial, I am not working for this company, nor am I being compensated. I’m just a customer who took a chance on something I read on a website and researched what other people posted for about two years before buying a Zager guitar. An acoustic guitar is a very personal instrument. It has to feel good in your hands, it has to sound good, and you should get good value for your money regardless of who makes the guitar. From my own personal experiences, it is very easy to get into the brand name game. People will debate whether a Gibson is better than a Martin or a Martin is better than a Taylor and the debates rage on. There is also pressure put on players b the big companies who pay the stars to play or endorse their products. I am not here to tell you that my Zager ZAD80 Electric Acoustic is greater than a 1957 Martin D 28 or a Gibson J200. That’s just something that is too subjective and not realistic. What I am going to tell you is that it is easy to get caught in brand debate. I have been there and done that with some guitars purchases I have made in the past. My new Zager guitar is a high-quality instrument that stands on its own merits. It is beautiful to look at, it rings out like a harp, the action is the best action I have ever had in a guitar. It has high quality Grover tuners and a Fishman Tuner/ Eq/Preamp. I look forward to playing it every day. My fingers are never sore after playing it. I am proud to own this guitar and it also proves something at least to me: I didn’t have to break the bank to get an outstanding guitar and a very reasonable price from a company that is very good to do business with. Had I purchased this guitar first, is highly probable that I would if not purchased the other guitars and saved myself a lot of money. I love my new Zager guitar. It is a keeper and seems to be “the” guitar I was looking for!

Zager ZAD-50 reviewed by Stewart

zad50celh $ 695

This guitar was manufactured in May of 2011. It is a full size dreadnought acoustic guitar with no electronics. The body has a solid Spruce top, a rosewood fretboard and the sides and back are made of Mahogany. It has the inlay design and a tortoise pick guard. The top is a natural color with a gloss finish. The tuners are sealed Grover tuners. The guitar came with a couple pics and a stand and it came strung with genuine Martin strings and an additional set of Martin strings.

The guitar is excellent for my style. I am a beginner and was looking for a great sounding guitar, one that sounds full and resonates well. I wanted to make sure the guitar sounded great so I could concentrate on my abilities. This Zager fits the bill. And because I am a beginner, an acoustic was the least expensive way to go. The sound is full bodied and has impressed a all of my frends that have been playing lots of other guitars for many years.

The guitar was ready to play right out of the box(it was shipped through UPS). It only needed a couple minor adjustments to bring it into tune. Nothing that was not expected. This guitar is a Zager E-Z play guitar wich means that it has been hand made to have a very low string action and the strings have been spread to help improve the ability to play. It is exactly as described on the website. I did actually purchase mine as a “second” (at a discount) and I was told there was a mare in the finish on the back. When I opened the box up, it was just like it was stated to me.

As an acoustic guitar it is well made. It has the cross members and is entirely made of wood, which allows it to breathe, expand and contract with the enviroment it is in. The all wood design and the great Grover tuners are above what I was expecting to get as my first guitar. I expectd to end up getting a guitar that was barely finished and felt like a thin piece of unfinished balsm wood for my beginner price range, but I found this guitar on the web and decide to spend a little bit more than a “starter” guitar would cost me at my local shop and got a well made, extremely well finished(this thing has a lot of coats on it)with excellent sound that I will be able to play and enjoy for a lifetime without looking to upgrade to a better guitar in a few years! The strap button is the only thing I would change, because there is only the one on the bottom of the body. The other will have to be added by a shop(at my expense) or by myself(which they do provide a video on their website to walk you through the process). The guitar is solid and very light!

I had many interactions with the Zager Guitar Company, through e-mail, before I purchased the guitar and each and everyone was answered in a very quick time line and the responses were not “pre-fabed” answers. They were complete answers to my question and not just a response by a salesman. Since I am a beginner, I was very concerned about investing in a guitar that I may not be abe to play or wouldn’t want to play for very long. I was asured by The Zager Guitar Company that I would be satified with the guitar and that it was not only a great guitar for long time guitar players but it was also the best guitar for a beginner. They assured me that if I did not agree after I received the guitar they would take it back and they would pay the shipping of it(no cost to me). That says a lot about a company. The guitar also offers a lifetime warranty. I have not had any reason to take advantage of this warranty.

I have been playing for a short time and this is the only guitar I own. I asked ALL the questions I needed to ask (Zager, guitar shops and my friends) before I purchased, probably more than I needed to. If this guitar was stolen or lost I would buy another Zager E-Z Play guitar, although I would invest in the electric acoustic model. I did not buy the electric acoustic to begin because of the additional cost and the fear that I may not be able to play the guitar or stick with it, but after just a short period of playing this E-Z play guitar, I am sure I will be playing the rest of my life. It really is easy to play and the sound is what you want to hear coming from something you are investing your time and energy into. I was not able to do a one on one comparison due to the fact that Zager’s are only available on-line, but I did look at a lot of starter guitars and some solid wood guitars from Takamine, Taylor, Yamaha and Washburn and all of the solid wood models were in the same price range but were not designed as an “E-Z Play” guitar. That is what drew me to the Zager and it was the right decision. This guitar looks good, sounds great, plays great, my friends are impressed and I don’t have to look for an upgrade now that I will be playing for a long time to come!

Gritz Guitar Magazine Review

Hi gang! Let me start this one off by saying that this review will not be so much about the particular guitar we are giving away but what has been done to modify it. We won’t be going through the normal steps of a guitar review like we usually do here. What I will attempt to do is to explain the Zager EZ-Play String Science System. The modifications used in this system make this guitar the easiest playing guitar I have ever played.

I wish all of you the best of luck as you enter to win this guitar. It has been modified by Denny Zager with this patented system, is hand signed by him, and has a retail value of just under $600.00. As I mentioned this review is not really about the guitar so much but what the Zager Guitar system has done to the guitar to make it what it has become. We at GRITZ want to thank Zager Guitars for giving me the chance to test this new system, and for giving you our readers a chance to win this amazing instrument.

First let’s talk a bit about the man behind this new design, Mr. Denny Zager. Denny Zager is part of the legendary recording duo “Zager & Evans” who wrote “In The Year 2525,” the number 1 World-Wide smash hit of 1969 and the biggest one-hit wonder of any artist at any time in recording history. You may have seen Denny featured in magazines such as Time, Newsweek, and The New Yorker. Denny has been asked to make numerous television appearances including The Tonight Show, and he was also asked to perform at the original Woodstock. For more on Denny Zager’s biography see this page.

Now let’s talk about the Zager EZ Play “String Science” modification process. Without getting too technical and into the geometry of what happens let’s just say that Denny Zager takes an existing guitar and does a couple of really neat things to it. The ease of playing comes from two distinct processes that Mr. Zager applies. The first process is to lower the strings to a height that seems impossible to accomplish without creating tons of fret buzz. He has figured out how to lower the strings, or the action, on an acoustic guitar so low that you have trouble slipping a piece of computer paper under the strings! This makes the guitar so easy to fret you feel like you aren’t applying any pressure at all. Imagine if you had had a guitar like this when you started playing. Can you imagine giving a guitar like this to a new student just learning to play? The confidence level of the new player would shoot through the roof!

The second thing Mr. Zager does is to widen the distance between the strings. The distance between each string on a Zager guitar is wider than on any guitar you have ever seen or played. This widening of that space is crucial to the ease of playing these guitars. If you play, you know that sometimes your big old fingers get in the way when making a chord and sometimes you hear the dreaded thud of a string that has been muted by an adjacent finger that is too big to fit in the narrow space between the strings. That spacing coupled with the normal strings on a student guitar being too high and feeling like steel cables is especially frustrating to beginners. By changing these two fundamentals, Zager’s system will allow students the time to stick with that learning process and will give them a better shot of reaching some basic goals without giving up. The Zager E-Z play “String Science” takes all of the early worry and hassle away. The extra distance between the strings also makes finger picking much easier as well. If you thought you could never master a finger picking style on guitar before, I’m here to tell ya Brother’s and Sister’s if you win this guitar be ready for all that to change.

Mr. Zager recently was asked to go to a very well known and major guitar manufacturer’s facility in the USA, to demonstrate the “String Science” to them. I really am not at liberty to name names, but let’s just say if I said the name you’d all know who they are. I will give you a hint; the name of the company has two initials then a name. The result of that visit was a proclamation by the company that no guitar they had ever produced or even seen had strings that were so low to the frets with no fret buzz at all. Let me tell you friends, this company has a reputation of making easy to play guitars and they had never seen anything like this.

Mr. Denny Zager’s new E-Z play “String Science” has made playing an acoustic guitar 10 times easier than it ever has been before. I urge all of those who read this that play guitar already or are interested in learning to play to enter this contest right now. If you do not win, and I certainly hope you will enter and try to win, I urge you to visit Zager guitars on line at www.zagerguitars.com and order a Zager E-Z play acoustic guitar for yourself or as a gift. They offer a couple of brands in different color and option combinations for sale on the web site. If you are serious about becoming a better acoustic guitarist or have always wanted to try to play the guitar, give yourself the edge that only Denny Zager can give you. Mr. Zager offers on line instruction as well at www.zagerguitars.com. I highly recommend these guitars and the exciting new breakthrough that Denny Zager has developed.

Making the guitar easier to play is a giant step in bringing many more people to the instrument and music. It is also a huge advantage to the existing player, as you will have confidence you have never felt before. Mr. Denny Zager has done the world of guitar playing a tremendous service in developing his “String Science” and I applaud his efforts! Mr. Zager does each modification himself on each instrument sold on the website. He pays a great deal of attention to each guitar and stands behind his work. Denny also follows up each purchase with e-mails or phone calls just to make sure the guitar is performing to his high standards. He takes so much pride in his work that he hand signs each and every guitar that he modifies. His commitment is to make us all better players, with a much easier instrument to play is a great thing. What excites me the most about this Zager system is that beginners now have a real chance to make progress on the guitar before they become frustrated from the pain of trying to fret painfully high strings on poorly set up entry level guitars. With the Zager system, a new student can take one of these moderately priced guitars and start playing almost immediately!

Making music is a wonderful thing to do for yourself or to give as a gift to someone you care about. I really love to see new people pick up a guitar and make music and I believe that’s what Denny Zager is all about as well! That is what this column is all about folks! We LOVE to see people pluckin the plank we love!

The Gritz Guitar Review