03/05/2009 Hi Denny,
I just ordered and received a ZAD 20. It looks great, feels great, and sounds great. I've only been playing for a year, but hope to have a success story for you soon. Thanks...
03/02/2009 Denny , Jim was looking for guitars on the net and really found your site purely by accident. This was probably one of the nicest accidents that could have happened. The guitar Gods truly smiled down that day. After many hours of browsing your site, listening to you play and reading testimonials, we decided we just had to order a guitar. Jim wanted one but he wasn't going to get one without me - so we ordered two. The Zad20 CE for Jim and the 20CE OM for me. They are beautiful guitars, to look at and very nice to play. The tone and the resonance of both guitars is amazing . We had 4 other guitars prior - ended up giving one away and haven't picked up any of the others since. Jim plays hisZager guitar every day and I try to squeeze time in as much as I can. We were so excited we ordered the lessons before we received the guitars. Your lessons open the door to a very unique style of playing
Jim says he has played for many years but not really played ( I thought he was playing well ) but he always wanted more from his playing- this is an opportunity to learn a finger picking style far beyond any hopes he had. My skills are minimal and this will give me a chance to learn too.
Thanks to your Zager modified guitars and the lessons we think this will be a long and enjoyable relationship that we will share and treasure.
02/27/2009 The guitar arrived on time, and I must say I am delighted with it.
It is gorgeous and, most importantly, plays like a charm.
My first time playing it was with two friends - both of whom play VERY expensive Taylor models.
Up until this time I had always been a little envious of their guitars...not so anymore!
My new ZAD80 more than held its own.
Sweet and clear in the high register and rich and mellow on the bass - it sounds great.
Thanks again - the guitar is a gem.
I have been enjoying my guitar daily since it arrived. I must admit I was
surprised to find it in perfect tune, and ready to play. I have literally had to
re-learn, because I no longer have to squeeze my fingers to the fretboard like
I had been doing with my poor old warped Goya. I am glad that I found your
instruments on e-BAY, and glad that I called to buy one instead of bidding..etc. Thanks Zagers for the awesome instrument!
02/25/2009 Fun Fun Fun, just received my modified ZAD 20 black. After yrs of not playing, I'm happy to say "I'M BACK". This guitar is everything that Denny says it will be and more. I got up early the day i received the guitar, pure excitement, 5:00 am. Guitar arrived around 1:30pm, well packed and in Tune, next thing i know its 9pm. I don't think i have ever played around for such a long time. And best of all, my fingers were in great shape, and i could have played for hours more. Thanks so much you have brought excitement back to my guitar playing.
02/25/2009 On Monday, I went to the local music store and sat and played a $2,000 Martin...just to get used to the feel, the tone, and the action of such a fine, but expensive instrument. On Tuesday, my Zager 20 OM arrived and I was stunned to see how closely this guitar felt and sounded like the Martin I had just played! Prior to playing the Zager, I was able to practice my Takamine about 30 minutes a day before my hands and fingers became too sore. Day 1 on the Zager stretched to almost 3 hours! This is a very high quality instrument at a most reasonable price. The family owned business gives me confidence that they stand behind the product that bears their name. After playing for 3 decades, I have jumped into Denny's lessons and am hooked. It has given my playing real direction and much needed discipline, which can be lacking when on your own. Many thanks to the Zagers for an excellent product, and for the excellence displayed in customer service. As the weeks have gone by, and my practice has become steady, my improvement is evident. Lessons over the next 12 months should be a lot of fun, just as Denny says they should be.
02/21/2009 Good morning Dennis,
Just a quick note to let you know all three of my family who bought the ZAD 80 guitars are still extremely happy with them. None of us have seen or played an instrument less than $2,000 that can even be considered in their
category, and very few above that price that could equal or exceed ours. Needless to say, we are all very happy.
Believe me, we tell every one we see the same thing..
Best wishes and continued success,
This guitar is absolutely the best. The craftsmanship for fit and finish is outstanding. It is exactly as advertised...EZ-Play. I could not believe how close the strings are to the neck. No more numbing fingers! The sound quality is unbelievable for a guitar in this price range. When I first received it, I played it for two hours straight. I watched your videos on the web before the purchase and already knew how to use the built-in tuner. I don't think I could own another guitar without one. Very easy to use.
I really appreciate the fact that you personally sign your guitars. Having your name as a brand of guitar is one thing, but signing your signature on the back tells me how proud you are of your guitars.
Thanks again for an affordable, high quality guitar.
02/18/2009 I have had my Zager ZAD-20 Sunburst for about a month now, and from day one this guitar has been totally awesome. The tonal quality is superb, and the ease of playing is unsurpassed by any guitar I have played, and I have owned a couple of high dollar acoustics. I got my very first guitar when I was 12 years old and have had numerous guitars since. I'm 57 now and am wishing I had the ZAD-20 40 years ago. The workmanship of this guitar is beautiful.
I think it would be safe to say that this will be the last guitar I will ever need to buy, although I do like the looks of the Zager-80. Thank you Denny
It is definitely a keeper! I have been playing it today and it sounds great and certainly plays easy. The finish on the back and sides is beautiful. Those extra lights make a big difference on the fingers - 3 hours of playing is no problem. I do like my Elixir strings so I will probably put a set of extra lights on the zad-20ce. later on. I am also enjoying the online lessons and look forward to more song arrangements.
I appreciate your quick responses to all of my questions. You guys have excellent service!
02/15/2009 hi denny , i received my zad20ce yesterday, one word to describe it--"awesome"! your product lives up to all the claims and reviews, and quick response (same day) to questions.It is good to know that there is still honest people in business, just wished i would have know about zager guitars years ago. the big name companys should take note. last dec. i shopped around the music stores, taylor, martin ,breedlove,you name it ,finally decided to take a chance on a carvin. i didnt think it could get any better,was i ever wrong. i have small hands which make it difficult to play,but the neck is the thinnest of all (frettboard to back of neck) that i have found. your instrument makes a world of difference. it truly was a pleasure doing business and probably will not be the last.
02/15/2009 Hi Denny. I received my guitar on Friday and was thoroughly pleased. The guitar plays easily, sounds great and looks great also. I was skeptical that a guitar could live up to the claims you made for only $600.00. I played guitars in stores that cost 5 times more and can say that your product is exceptional for the price. I am a beginning guitar player, or sorts and would like to tell you this story. I started playing about 15 years ago. I bought a guitar at a pawn shop for about $100.00, it was in great shape and I thought I was on my way to learning the guitar. I bought books and started playing. It didn't take long for me to give it up. I learned a few cords but choked on the fact that it simply hurt too much to do bar cords, etc. I would pick the guitar up every few months, then every few years, hoping I could make some progress. Needless to say, I didn't get too far. Then I met a friend who has been playing for years, and I played his guitar. It has a modified action and is so easy to play that I could play cords I could never play on my old-------guitar. I started shopping around and decided to give your guitar a try. I couldn't lose. If I didn't like it, I could send it back, no loss to me. I must say that it was not a gamble at all. This guitar exceeded my expectations and I'm sure I'll be enjoying it for many years to come. Thanks so much for making a beautiful, playable, affordable guitar available to "beginners" such as myself. Sincerely,
02/12/2009 Thanks Dennis,
I just want you to know...if you ever need a good reference for your product. My Girlfriend and I are
sooooooo impressed with your guitars. Can't wait to get the new one. Everytime I take my Zager out,
and strum it...heads turn! Then I hear.....Man...does that guitar have beautiful sound!
Thanks for producing a great product at a fair price.
02/09/2009 Hi Dennis, I have had my new Zager now for about four weeks now and I really love it. Being new at this guitar thing, been wanting to play for years and now I am. I'm 66 years of age and just want to say its never to late. Really like the self built-in tuner, a real life saver for a new guy. Thanks again for all you have done. Sincerely,
I received my new, black, ZAD-20CE yesterday. I am very pleased with sound
and playability of the instrument. It has a beautiful, bright tone, which I just
love. Additionally, since I bought one of the discount guitars, I was concerned
that when I received it, it would be unacceptably flawed and I was quite
prepared to return it if that was the case. In reality, the flaws are very minor
cosmetic mars and nothing more than I would expect a pristine guitar to look
like after a week of use. I am a worship leader at my local church and only
recently began leading using a guitar which had an after-market pick-up that our
sound team found challenging to blend with the rest of the band. I am really
looking forward to tomorrow morning when I get to plug in with an instrument of
this quality. I will certainly share my enthusiasm for you guitars with my fellow
02/06/2009 I LOVE the EZ-Play Zager ZAD-20CE Acoustic Electric guitar. I LOVE the
matching case. The latches on the case open and close freely. The
humidity gauge is a nice attribute and it reads 79 degrees with 60%
humidity--that is with my air conditioner set to 77 degrees in the
apartment. Both the guitar and case are extremely light weight.
I just spent the past 45 minutes messing around with the guitar and it is
hard to put it down.
I play bluegrass music, so the EZ-Play
Zager ZAD-20CE Acoustic Electric clearly holds its own against my 1989
Martin D16A made of ash wood.
I better watch out, as I might end up owning one of each model you sell!
As a former corporate banking business support employee, I know customer
service relations is as important as the product you sell. So I sincerely
wish to thank you so much for the recent excellent customer service
correspondences and personal support you provided me,
02/05/2009 Hello Denny,
I just got back in town this afternoon.
What a trip and am I tired, but my new guitar from you was waiting for me and there was no way
I was going to wait until tomorrow to unwrap and play it. I just spent 2 hours with it and I going back in the studio to play it some more.
Man, it is really nice.
Thanks for the shirt too.
I am out tomorrow night at a club and will use this along side my Larrivees. (OMV-10E & DO3E)
Great projection, great tone and harmonics sound excellent! Fingerpicking is phenominal with the
spacing and flat picking is a joy. Fast, clean, and slick. Love the setup! By the way, it looks beautiful too!
Can't wait to show the boys. They're gonna want to take it home, but no way, this is mine.
They'll have to get their own!!
Looks great, plays great, and sounds even better!!
Oh, and by the way, I looked at a Yiari while I was out this week and guess what. Your guitar, (now mine), plays better and sounds as good, if not better!
I am extremely impressed and will show everyone I can this wonderful instrument.
I feel like I've made a new friend in you and you company. The guitar will be used when recording and I can't wait to hear it and how good it makes me sound!
Thanks again and best regards,
02/03/2009 I have a Zad 20 and love it. I took it to the music store the other day and they went nuts over it. I want to buy a Zad 80 acoustic electric soon to add to my collection. Thanks again!
02/03/2009 Dennis. I just got my guitar and I had to stop playing
for a minute just to let you know how great your
guitars are. As I told you before I used to play
acoustic guitar but as my disease progressed and I was
no longer able to push down on the strings hard enough
to get anything that sounded good out of them. These
wern't cheap guitars I had an all Mahogany Martin D-15
and a Taylor 310CE. I was shure my days of playing
acoustic were over and just kept playing my Strat
(which I had a fishman power bridge installed in so I
could get the acoustic tone) and Parker (03) Nighfly M
(equiped with factory piezo). Though I love my
electrics I couls never get the real acoustic feel and
timbre that my new ZAD gets. WOW!! To say you made my
year would be an understatement. I have no pain in my
hands at all and I'v been playing for over 2 hours.
This would have been impossible on either the Martin
or the Taylor (both were set up for a low action from
the store I bought them from but they don't come
ANYWHERE near the playability of my new ZAD. I LOVE MY GUITAR!! You have given me
something back that I was sure was gone forever. I"ve
been playing over 2 HOURS with NO FATIGUE in my hands
or arms...no muscle spasms,no cramps, just a great
sounding guitar and a VERY grateful customer. God
bless you for giving me back such an important piece
of my life. I can't thank you enough. Thanks for the
extra goodies and cool shirt. I will let everyone I
know hear and play your guitar. Dennis,you should be
very proud, your Dad's a genius. Thank you so much for
helping me regain my dream. Please tell your Dad how
gratefull I am and how big a difference his guitar has
made in my life. I used to say I lived to play...and
guess what? I can say it again. Despite the myriad of
pills and infusions, I still live to play and I
allways will. Thank you, Thank you, thank you, with
all my heart,
01/31/2009 Wow what can I say. I am now the proud owner of both a 20ce and 80ce.
These instruments are outstanding. Each has there own individual
qualitys about them. The sound quality is beautiful on both but the 80
has a deeper more mellow sound and the cedar top and rosewood sides make
this a beautiful instrument. The molded Zager cases are also top
quality and I would reccomend these also. I also have taken the Zager
lessons for about 7 months now and I have never, ever enjoyed playing as
much as I do now. It is instant gratification to be able to sit down
and play a song in its completion with all of the parts and the way
Denny puts them together is amazing. I can sit down and play these
guitars for an entire day which I do often and no sore fingers what so
ever. And what can I say about the customer service. I have delt with
Denny Jr. via email quite often and he is a total pleasure. I am 52 and
have never delt with a company like this, I have never waited more then
an hour or so before i get a quick and very understanding email back.
No one would be sorry for buying a Zager instrument or taking the
lessons. What a total joy this entire experience has been for me.
> > These guys are the best!
01/28/2009 Hi Dennis,
I LOVE MY GUITAR (BLACK 20CE) - the more I play it the more I LOVE it! I am learning songs from the radio by ear and I can't tell the difference between the sound of the artists guitars and my Zager! Thank you for the shirt you sent with the guitar - I wear it proudly!
Thanks again for an awesome product!
01/26/2009 Just an update on a love affair. I have had the ZAD 20 for several months now and my other guitars sit around unplayed. I actually gave away 2. This is the most awesome guitar I have ever owned and it just gets better each day. I am still amazed that something of this quality is sold at the price it is. My son will be ordering the ZAD 20 as soon as he sells the two guitars I gave him. He is in love with mine. I suspect some of his friends will be doing the same as soon as they play his. Thanks Denny for making my guitar playing such a pleasure.
01/26/2009 Mr. Zager,
I just wanted to share my thoughts with you about the online guitar lessons.
I had never touched a guitar to play, attempt to play, or ever owned one until the day yours arrived at my home. I have been studying your online instruction for only a few days, following step by step and I am amazed at how easy it has been to pick up. I give you the credit for being such a good instructor. I do have 16 years of piano, classically trained, and never thought I would be able to learn the guitar for some reason. For years I have wanted to play but just never thought I could make the transition from piano. Well, I am learning and I will be playing it for years to come now. A side note, I am just recently disabled with a spinal cord injury affecting my legs and at times I have to make myself stop studying your lessons (haha) so I can rest and relieve the pain from sitting. That is a good thing I am going to say.
Anyway, just wanted to thank you for putting it out there for us, along with a fine instrument (that truly is easy to play), the best customer service I have experienced and your knowledge and instruction, you cannot ask for more.
Thank you again.
01/26/2009 Denny Zager you are an honest man. Everything you have said on your website is true. I ordered my ZAD 20 on Saturday and it came today( Thursday ).The guitar is absolutely beautiful, flawless and plays like a dream.The sound is so rich and clear, and in perfect tune right out of the case.I have spent much of the last month in guitar stores looking for that perfect guitar, every one I looked at had it's weakness, string height, neck, sound , cost or they were just ugly. Then I decided to try Ebay and couldn't believe what I was reading. I searched the internet for days and couldn't find any negativity about your guitars. I sent the link to your website to my guitarist friends and asked for their opinion.Well several of them own Martins, Taylors, and Gallaghers and weren't impressed. Well I took my Zager to the jam tonite and now they are very impressed. I hardly got to play tonite because everyone else wanted to try it. I'm a beginner, so I was more than happy to let them play just to hear what really good guitarist could do with it. I'm pretty sure some of these guys will be ordering their very own in the near future. Denny, I want to Thank You for offering such a fine product at such a fair price, I am so proud of my Zager.
PS-------Thanks for the Zager t-shirt
01/22/2009 I just received my ZAD -80, what a beautiful guitar it is and sounds as mellow as it looks. This is my third Zager, I own a ZAD- 20CE and a Martin DM1. Each one is a very good guitar, but the ZAD-80, I truly love. As always Dennis Jr has answered all my questions and has been a pleasure to do business with. Zager guitar is a company that you do not find to often these days, they want their customers to be satisfied completely. They have the best customer service I have seen of any company that I have purchased products from.. Before I bought my First Zager I was a little concerned about buying a guitar that I could not see or hold in my hand. But since They have a money back guarantee , including shipping back, what did I have to loose? I guess I do not have to say how I felt once I received it beacuse I just purchased my third Zager.
As I have said before it is a pleasure to do business with your company. My freinds like playing my guitars and I always tell them your company is a first class company with wonderfull people behind it. I hope my recommendations about Zager Guitars and lessons bring you many new customers.
01/20/2009 Hi Dennis – you can officially count me as a happy customer! I’ve been working with my ZAD20CE for the last few days, and I have concluded that it is the most extraordinary guitar you can buy for less than $200. The sound is quality, and I can tell that as the wood seasons, it will grow in depth and beauty. The quality of the neck setup is outstanding. I’m pleased with how the guitar plays, and am especially impressed by the string spacing across the neck. Please say thanks to Denny for getting such a great instrument out and available. I will be sure to recommend this guitar to others, especially newer players – in fact, I already have. Best regards, (lead guitar for CCM artist Don Francisco)
So, here I am to testify. I wanted the quality of a decent Martin or Taylor, but did not have $1,700 to spend, I had $900. I went hunting on ebay hoping to get good workmanship at a reasonable price. After cross checking your guitars on Harmony Central (which I will now swear by) I found reviews that indicated exactly what you mention on your site. High end Martin Quality at 1/4 the price. I was also intrigued that your string spacing was wider. I have wider fingers and have had difficulty catching all strings cleanly for a few years.
I have always said that it only takes 30 seconds to know if a guitar is worth buying. My friend, you're guitar is flat out unbelievable. It was in tune out of the box (and it was a cold trip from from what I could tell). I was a bit worried by the 15% volume loss you noted in going with the OM, but I find that your guitar is 20% louder than the Jumbo I just sold! Not to mention the playability is off the chart. Testify? Can I get an Amen?!
The kindest regards,
01/16/2009 My cubicle mate Paul Stevens (and performing partner) just received his
new ZAD-20CE, and after passing it around a bit so we could all play it,
only one word would suffice: WOW!
I don't think I have ever played an acoustic guitar that was set up to play
so effortlessly! I was really impressed with both the action and the
sound. Being in the office, we didn't have any amp to try it with, but
from Paul's description, it sounds like the electronics are good as well.
The built-in tuner is a nice little feature as well.
I can definitely see us adding an acoustic set to our performance package
now that we will be able to play as effortlessly as with our strats. I
never thought that would be possible!
Bottom line: expect an order from me at the end of next week... I've
earmarked part of my annual bonus to go towards one of your fine guitars!
01/16/2009 I have rheumatoid arthritis and have found my Zager 20CE OM to be a godsend .. I've been a Taylor 801 owner for many years, but since being diagnosed, have found it more and more difficult to play the last several years. My Zager is so easy to play, I can go for 3 hours without any pain or stiffness. In addition, the smaller body helps my right shoulder, which sustained a rotator cuff injury 9 years ago. The only thing that gets tired now is my voice, as I almost always sing when I play! After 7 months of owning my guitar, I've noticed he tone has gotten even warmer and richer, and I have received many compliments on the instrument's beautiful craftsmanship.
Many thanks again!
01/16/2009 Mr. Zager,
I currently own a ZAD 20CE and words could not describe how much I like this instrument. Whatever you have figured out on how to brace/build and work the miracle of your string science is nothing short of amazing. After playing your ZAD and then comparing it to guitars from the BIG manufacture's (with big price tags!) one must wonder how they've managed to be successful--building a beautiful wood instrument only to blow it by putting the strings on!
I am currently saving up for a ZAD 80... bottom line is the sound, presence, sustain and playability of my ZAD beats anything else I've ever touched hands down! please keep an 80 in the "wings" for me.
Lastly, is there any way for me to purchase a dozen of so of your Zager picks? I know I can get picks anywhere but they wouldn't say Zager on them.
A proud ZAD owner,
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