Dr. Boye’s Zager Guitar Review

Dr. Edward L. Boye <****eb@bellsouth.net>

Dr. Edward L. Boye

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?
This guitar is a work of art! I have never picked up a guitar that has the incredible clear, deep sound as my ZAD50CE.

What’s your favorite part about this guitar?
The sound, the beauty, built in tuner, and especially the easy action. I have never been able to bar chords, until I got this Zager!

If you didn’t know the price of this guitar what would you estimate the price to be?
Much higher than I paid for it. $1500 to $3000.

How would you rate customer support?
Exceptional. I have never worked with any company that is as people friendly and eager to answer your questions as Zager. It doesn’t even feel like a company, but more like family.

Would you recommend this guitar to others…if so why?


Oh, yes. I teach a guitar class and I am sure when my students see, hear, and play this guitar there will be more orders coming your way.

Additional comments:
I cannot image what would happen if other companies ran the way Zager does. We wouldn’t be in the economic crisis that we are. You should send you business structure to the White House! Thank you Denny for a fantastic guitar. It is literally a work of art. And thank you Dennis for you incredible time and patience with my questions. I will continue to be in contact; probably take some lessons; and definitely be singing praises for you, your guitar,and company.

Rodger’s Zager ZAD-50CE Guitar Review


Zager ZAD-50CE

Model: zad50ce

How did you hear about this brand?
Saw reference to e-z play music, and googled it. Wanted the notes for a classical piece of music! Instead, I found your website

How does this guitar compare with your old guitar, other guitars, or guitars you’ve tried in stores?
The action is superb, comparable with that on my Gibson Les Paul (I’d have to be honest if pressed and state that the Les Paul’s action is better, but not by much, and then, it would also be many times more expensive to buy new). The tone is more pleasant, mellow yet bright, than my old guitar

What’s your favorite part about this guitar?
The action! Barre chords are easy now!

If you didn’t know the price of this guitar what would you estimate the price to be?
Pass – I have no idea about guitar prices, since I don’t shop for them often. I feel the price I paid for this guitar was very reasonable, though

How would you rate customer support?
Excellent: I made a typo in my mailing address, and there was a mixup on the courier’s part, which customer support alerted me to and put right immediately. As this was a Christmas gift, and in the 7 days before Christmas, I was very grateful they took so much time to ensure the guitar arrived where it should

Would you recommend this guitar to others…if so why?
Yes I would, for tone, playability, looks (it’s gorgeous!) and affordability

Additional comments:
Pity Zager don’t ship overseas. Plenty of people would understand there’s an extra cost and be willing to pay it, I’m sure.

Zager EZ-Play ZAD-80CE Acoustic Electric Guitar Review

Product: Zager ZAD-80CE Acoustic Electric
Submitted 12 /05/2010 at 12:52pm by shannon johnson

Features : No Opinion
I do not know the year, but I bought it in 2011 new. Solid spruce top. No controls. No pickup. No electronics. Mahogany back and sides. Natural gloss finish. Full size Dreadnought. Grover tuners. Rosewood fretboard. Hard case. Abalone inlays. This doesn’t have any extra features. They offer models with features but I like a simple guitar no frills. I use my own pickup which I prefer to built in electronics.

Sound : 10
Zager guitar suits my style better than any other guitar I have owned. This is number 4. I play modern praise and worship music. I am using it with my own pickup. This guitar sounds exactly like a Martin which is why I bought it. I figerpick usually but I just picked up some faster tempo strumming. I was very disapointed in my last guitar because fingerpicked it sounded great. But hard strumming sounded absolutely hideous. I played Martins at the store and fell in love, but money is an issue. I am so excited about the sound of this guitar. It sounds great both strummed and fingerpicked. Now I don’t have to try and carry around two guitars. Very full sound. Its bright but whith allot of chime and not at all overly high pitched. I like the high end, its not to tin sounding like some. The high end is not whimpy either! And keep in mind I am using extra light strings. So that is amazing! I really can not think of anything that I do not like about the sound. The sound is really the best I have played so I am thrilled with that.

Action, Fit, & Finish : 9
Ok, the set up is superb. I have owned 3 other guitars. Each one came with a terrible set up. I had to take them into my guitar shop to be set up which costs about 50-75. But….often it was not done right and I had to take them in for more work. I can not say that I have really ever been satisfied with my guitar set ups in the past. I have only been playing for almost 2 years and to be honest my fingers are usually killing me. This Zagar? No set up flaws. Came ready to play with very low easy action. It was even in tune when it got here. Packed nicely too. As far as finish goes I have seen better. Its plain. Nothing fancy or to get excited about. I just had a violin finish Ibanez which looked so killer you would not believe. But….you should not choose a guitar by how it looks. I learned that the hard way. The action is a 10 all the way. I give this a 9 because of the finish. They could improve the finish a little. I ordered one with just very minor blemishes, but it bugged me. So they replaced it immidiately no questions asked.

Reliability/Durability : No Opinion
I think it can withstand live playing. I don’t see anything on it that looks like it would break. But I have not played it long enough to really have an opinion. And I only play at home groups and church things so I don’t really know.

Customer Support : 10
I have never had such good customer support. Really, I was almost shocked because these days there are just so few companies who back up and deliver what they say they will. The nicest people. Very fast shipping, no hassle at all. I don’t think you would have any risk involved here, they offer a 100% money back guarantee, even on shipping costs! I am most satisfied.

Overall Rating : 10
I have been playing only like a year and a half. The only thing I wish is that I would have bought this guitar at the beginning. I have very sensitive fingers and I almost wanted to stop playing because even after my first year playing daily, my fingers always hurt. I went through three guitars and just could not solve the problem. I would play Martin and Taylors at the store and wanted one so bad because of the good play, but I just could not spend that much. I was leary to buy a Zagar cause I had never heard of it, but I was so desperate, I gave it a shot. I am so happy I did. I now can play for about two hours solid with no finger pain. You know another thing is that I played it right away. I did not have to spend much time getting used to it. It is a nice fit. I am so thankful! I love this guitar because I strum the heck out of it and it sounds great. I also love the set up. I wish it looked like my Ibanez violin finish, he he. But I realize these are modeled after Martins and Martins are simple looking guitars. No frills. But great sound and play.

Zager ZAD-50 reviewed by Stewart


This guitar was manufactured in May of 2009. 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!