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Having all of the attributes of our Zager ZAD50, the ZAD50CE Acoustic Electric takes it to the next level with a built in transducer and electronics package that allows you to plug into an amplifier and play it like an electric. It has a venetian cutaway box design so you can slide your hand down low for those hard reaches. The onboard electronics package with custom equalization gives you the ability to change the sound according to your playing style. It also has a built in electronic automatic tuner that tunes your guitar in a fraction of the time it takes using conventional methods. Be sure to read the reviews and testimonials on the ZAD50CE as it outperforms guitars costing 3 times it's price.
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Top - Sitka Spruce The most important part of an acoustic guitar is its top. The top acts like a speaker. When a string is plucked energy is transferred to the top and the top starts to move. Spruce offers a tight, punchy low end response with great projection. Players who demand a powerful sound with tons of projection will hear the benefit of a Sitka spruce top. Used on only the highest quality guitars in the world.
Back & Sides - Mahogany One of the most popular tone woods used on acoustic guitars today. If you’re looking for punchy bass, solid mids and sparkling highs mahogany is the wood you want on your next guitar. Acoustic guitars in general tend to live in the midrange portion of the sound spectrum, and mahogany in particular displays this characteristic best. Mahogany's tendency to emphasize midrange tones gives this guitar a rich full sound no matter the playing style. You can fingerpick, strum, or flatpick and mahogany always delivers.
Neck - Mahogany Mahogany—one of the most popular tone woods used on acoustic guitars for the last 50 years.
Headstock - Mahogany Mahogany is lightweight yet strong, and its timeless look is used on many quality guitars.
Bracework - Zager Design (hand scalloped) The technique of scalloping or shaving the braces can have a huge impact on the power and tone of an acoustic guitar. By shaving or reducing the thickness of the brace, it becomes more flexible and therefore lets the top move more freely. When done by a Master Luthier the brace maintains its structural integrity, while making the top more efficient. The result is faster attack, longer sustain, more bass, more power, and an overall improvement in the whole tone system.
Fret Markers - Pearl Used on only the highest quality guitars in the world. Laid by hand on the fret board one piece at a time. It's a very tedious, time consuming process but the results are breathtaking.
Finish - High Gloss High-gloss finish provides excellent protection but at the same time is extremely light and elastic. This is a crucial point in both the sound of the guitar and its ability to age—which is what makes a guitar sound better year after year. A thick finish muffles a guitar's vibration and blocks aging.
Truss Rod - Custom Adjustment Setting Denny designs his guitars with a truss rod adjustment setting that allows you to dial in your guitar to your particular playing style. In this way if you're a heavy handed player you can set the action higher so you can "get on it" a little for more power, and if you're lighter handed touch player you can dial in the action low so you can move faster and play longer with less fatigue.
Built In Transducer - Genuine Fishman Fishman transducers are the highest quality transducers used in acoustic guitars today. A transducer is an amplification device placed under the saddle which allows you to plug into an amplifier and play an acoustic guitar like an electric guitar. This is all run by an on-board electronics package and equalizer that allows you to control the sound. A transducer properly installed by a pro luthier will bring out the bass response and rich ambiance of your guitar's wood. Done improperly your guitar will sound flat and have uneven tone quality.
Built in Automatic Tuner - Genuine Fishman Ask any pro who makes the finest guitar electronics systems in the world and 9 out of 10 will say Fishman. An electronic tuner allows you to tune your guitar in a fraction of the time it takes using conventional tuning methods. Simply hit a string and the LCD indicator guides you into perfect pitch. A red and green light instantly lets you know when the tune is dead on. This is a very important tool for the new player who is trying to develop and train their ear for perfect pitch. It's also helps the professional player who wants to get in perfect tune fast.
Built in Equalizer - Genuine Fishman Fishman equalizers are the highest quality equalizers used in acoustic guitars today. The equalizer is an electronic unit that controls the sound and volume when plugged into an amplifier or PA system. There are adjustments for highs, mids, lows, and presence. Fishman EQ's are used exclusively on high end acoustics by artists such as Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Alan Jackson and Aerosmith to name just a few.
Tuning Machines - Genuine Grover Genuine Grover sealed tuning machines are found on only the finest guitars made. Look at tuners on $2500+ acoustics and you will see the majority have "Grovers." Unlike open gear tuners where the tuning mechanism is exposed, Grover sealed tuners contain a lubricant that keep the tuning mechanism sealed air-tight so the gears turn smooth and continue to for the life of your instrument. Lifetime warranty. If you have a tuner go bad we'll replace it free of charge for life.
Nut - Zager Hand Carved Denny hand carves each nut for each individual guitar so the strings are set lower with custom spacing. Lower string heights make it easier to press down to form chords and it also increases finger speed. Custom spacing allows you to move faster with less buzzes, mutes, and rattles because you’re no longer bumping adjacent strings. Custom string spacing makes it easier for all hands sizes big and small. Lifetime warranty. Break a nut and we'll replace it free of charge for life.
Saddle - Tusq Hand Carved Denny hand carves each saddle for each individual guitar. Denny also adjusts the intonation settings to bring the guitar harmonically in balance with itself. This not only makes your guitar easier to play, but it also makes it sound more powerful. Customers say our guitars fall into tune easier and stay in tune longer...this is one of the reasons why. Denny uses only genuine "Tusq" brand saddles on his guitars which you generally only find on higher dollar acoustics . Lifetime warranty. Break a saddle and we'll replace it free of charge for life.
Strings - Zager Custom Lights (by Martin) Denny only uses genuine Martin guitar strings on all of his guitars. Ask any pro player who makes the highest quality strings in the world and 9 out of 10 will say Martin…since 1833. We have customers using all brands and gauges of strings on our guitars with excellent results but this is the string that Denny sets all of his guitars up with.
Frets - Zager Soft Touch (hand filed) Denny hand files each fret one at a time on every guitar that leaves our shop. By filing the frets Denny achieves two important things. When sliding up and down the neck your fingers will no longer get irritated and sore and you won't suffer from what we call "String Bite" and overall finger fatigue. Secondly, when you file the frets by hand each fret will have the same uniform height. 9 times out of 10 when you have a buzzing string it has nothing to with your playing, it’s because you have a guitar with a fret that’s sitting away from the fret board hitting a string.
Warranty - Lifetime Our warranty is simple. Lifetime on all guitars. A quality guitar should be made to last a lifetime and if it doesn't it wasn't a quality guitar to begin with.
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Dennis, I originally purchased and received my ZAD50-CE in early July, sight unseen, purchased based on the guarantees and the testimonials I'd read. I used it for a gig on the 4th of July; a three-hour show. I had ZERO hand and finger fatigue and ZERO hand cramps after the show. I used it again for another three-hour gig in early August....the same results! In my 40 years of playing I've owned Fender, Ovation, Peavey, Alvarez and Dean acoustics. None, NONE, compare to my Zager. I've also owned Peavey, Gibson and Fender electrics. None of those compare to the Zager for ease of playing. Thank you for an incredible instrument. Now a note about Customer Service. When Dennis says "100% Customer Satisifaction Guaranteed," take that to the Bank!!! I had a minor issue with the pickup on my ZAD50-CE. When I contacted Dennis via email, his response came back to me in minutes.....not hours or days! He provided me instruction on how to possibly resolve the issue at home. When that wasn't successful, I emailed Dennis again and he immediately provided me a UPS pre-paid shipping label. I shipped my "baby" back, and received it back from Dennis in less than 10 days, with the issue completely resolved. Try that with the "Big Name" companies. I'm now a true Zager advocate and am spreading the word. Thanks again for a SUPERIOR product. I'm looking forward to a lifetime of fun playing my ZAD50-CE. It's a real pleasure to be able to provide an absolutely true testimonial!! Sincerely,
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How did you hear about this brand?
I heard about it on the internet and found a link on Ebay while searching for other guitars.
How does this guitar compare with your old guitar, other guitars, or guitars you've tried in stores?
My Zager has better sound than the Martin that I owned. The action is way better than both of those guitars. I can play for at least an hour longer everyday and it is more rewarding to play as it is easier on the fingers. I do a lot of jams and more often than not 3-4 people gather around after the jam to try my Zager. My guitar stands out amongst the others in the jam. The sound is more crisp and the volume is great even without the amp. When I plug it into the amp people cannot believe the quality. I do not have to tune this guitar as often as the Martin and when I do it just has to be moved a 1000th of an inch to bring it right on. I have never owned a guitar that has kept tuned as nice as this one. I sit next to others in my jam sessions who have Martins and they cannot believe the quality of the sound that is coming from my guitar.
What's your favorite part about this guitar?
The quality of the sound and the quality of the guitar. I really take pride in taking this guitar out of the case and putting it on display. I am really proud to own this guitar.
If you didn't know the price of this guitar what would you estimate the price to be?
I would estimate this guitar to be in the 2200 to 3000 range.
How would you rate customer support?
Customer support is the best I have ever experienced. Zager takes pride in having \"delighted happy customers\". I am planning to buy another guitar from Zager.
Would you recommend this guitar to others…if so why?
I am planning to buy another Zager. That is the best recommendation anyone can make. Its one thing to say your happy with the product you bought, its another to say your are so happy that you want to buy another one.
The quality of this guitar is amongst the finest that I have seen. The Abalone inlay is stunning. The action on this guitar is the best I have ever had. Zager has the best web site I have seen. If you want a great purchase experience an easy to play guitar that sounds awesome and the best support available check out ZagerGuitar.com. You will be a delighted happy customer. Zager does not ship to Canada so I had mine shipped to the closest US border city. I drove 120 miles to pick it up. It was worth every bit of my time and I would do it all again for my next guitar from Zager.