Price paid: $ 450
Purchased from: previous owner
Sound — 10
I play a lot of different styles of music and to my surprise my Zager can handle all of them. My biggest concern was how would it handle folk rock? Not a problem once I changed the strings on it. I definitely need to buy another one because, I need two different types of strings to achieve the sounds I'm after. When plugged in I run it into my Laney acoustic amp which sounds great with country music but when I switch to more aggressive folk rock music I switch to a Crate acoustic amp with built in effects which I use. I really turn up the bass on my guitar for this style and so far I have not had any problems with noise such as feed back.
Overall Impression — 10
I have been playing guitar since I was 8 years of age and my Zager is my favorite acoustic/electric that I have owned. Almost 44 years of play time on me! I started with good ole country music and in the past 7 years started playing some folk rock. The only other guitar I would buy to day besides a Zager would be a Rainsong that has been sent to Zager and is now a EZ-PLAY guitar. I would purchase it for my folk rock guitar because of the body style. I love the jumbo size. I had to get use to the size of my Zager compared to the jumbos I have been playing on for years. I own 3 Yamaha compass series guitars a Alvarez and a Martin. Honestly, If Zager ever makes a Jumbo I must have it! There's not a easier playing guitar made. I heard about Zager from a friend of mine that like myself suffers with arthritis. After playing on his when I could barely play on mine, I was sold.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I play out a few nights a week.For the last 2 months my Zager is the only acoustic/electric that I play. I do play electric guitar too so, I take my Parker Nitefly as well. I am seriously going to purchase another Zager for back up just in case I break a string while playing but, for now my Nitefly will serve as a back up for me. As I mentioned before I do play different styles of music and since I have had my Zager I have changed strings 3 times in 2 months just to compare the sound. I have found this to be true with any guitar I play. Strings matter as much as a good quality guitar.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I did buy my Zager used and it did not have anything wrong with it. The day I received it I played it for many hours trying to figure out what makes this guitar so much easier to play than my other guitars. A lot of thought by a experienced player is what it took. I don't question it anymore, I just play it all the time. I have had my guitar for a few months now and still with playing every day I cannot find anything wrong with it or anything I would want to change with it. The bridge is perfect and the neck as well. The sound quality is amazing.
Features — 10
This Zager ZAD50CE was made in May of 2008 in Lincoln Nebraska. For only being 5 years old the sound is incredible and that's unplugged. Plug her in and even though mine has the older electronics (Clear Wave 10) I'm not at all disappointed. What I find amazing is how easy it is to play compared to 3 other name brand American made acoustic and, acoustic electrics that I own. As far as the wood it is made from I believe it is a spruce top and has a beautiful Violin Sunburst finish on it. The tuners are Grover which work very well and I never any problems with it staying in tune. I also received the original Zager case which included a humidity monitor in it. Zager has one of the nicest cases available for their guitars.