ZAD80CEOM review by Zager

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.5 (23 votes)
Zager: ZAD80CEOM

Price paid: $ 986

Purchased from: denny zager

Sound — 10
Country/bluegrass/rock/blues. Great tone and sustain nice tone and quality sound/very satisfied with sound. All controls easy to set and also have a very nice tuner built in! Best guitar sound I could ask for! Works great with small amp.great sound and can play on low volume with great output! Nice sound any way I have played and type of music! Very satisfied with sound and electronic controls. Look at the rest and then look at Zager if you want the best! Tired of the same'o same'o buy a Zager! Zager equals happy customers!

Overall Impression — 10
Country, bluegrass, gospel music. Z80, Z50, Dean Dreadknot, several Esteban guitars for family to play when they want to learn to play! I also just recently purchased a Fretlight Guitar for helping grand children learn! Have look at several guitars and compared and Zager caught my eye! Price and quality no one can match! Lost or stolen will always be Zager guitars! Period. I hate overpriced equipment for music! They are not always top of the line for a high price! Wish I had a Baby Zager for my new grandson to learn on! He is alsum!

Reliability & Durability — 10
Live play! Will take a picking and keep on producing quality sound time after time! Hardware is top quality solid strap buttons. Will use without a backup guitar. Nice finish and will last! They go the extra mile on all aspects of their work! Real craftsman that knows his trade very well! Great investment 100 percent backed by Denny Zager! No long phone calls long hours of waiting just to get something that they will help with right away! Great people who care and can be trusted to give quality service when you need it! They are the ultimate guitar company!

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Totally setup perfect! True craftsman that cannot be beat! This guitar says it all! I have compared to many other brands and I am so glad I bought this guitar! Pickups work great! Bracing is excellent! Tuners excellent! This guitar has no flaws! Every aspect of this guitar is on the money! Denny Zager is a true craftsman and makes quality you can depend on always! Look at others and it is so easy to find flaws! Not Zager! They do what they say they do with total pride and quality workmanship! Tuners to high quality wood to total setup they always do their work right every time! These guitars be around and still be playable long after the year 2525.

Features — 10
- Style: Dreadnought Style. Dreadnought is the most popular size of guitar in the world. If you want a guitar with bass, volume and power the full size "dread" is the only way to go. - Style: Venetian Cutaway Style. A "Venetian Cutaway" is a guitar that has a section of the body "cut away" by the neck which makes it easier to slide your hand down low to reach chords near the sound hole. Denny braces the cutaways a little differently then his full box guitars so sound quality matches. If you' re a player that spends a lot of time on that part of the neck a cutaway box is invaluable. - Top - Western Red Cedar Top. Western Red Cedar 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. Cedar is softer than spruce, and that softness translates into a sense of sonic warmth. Cedar guitars sound warmer, deeper and slightly richer. Used on only the highest quality acoustics in the world. - Back & Sides - Indian Rosewood Back & Sides. Indian Rosewood One of the most popular and traditional guitar woods of all time. Where mahogany lends itself to the midrange, rosewoods sonic profile is deeper in the low end. Not to take anything away from mahogany as many players will find it difficult to tell them apart, but the dedicated ear will notice a deeper, richer, sweeter tone coming from a rosewood guitar. Many players dont know that Cedar is one of the few woods that can outperform spruce when paired with rosewood which is why Denny uses a Western red Cedar top with Indian rosewood back and sides on his 80 series guitars. - Neck - Mahogany Neck. It is one of the most popular tone woods used on acoustic guitars for the last 50 years. - Headstock - Indian Rosewood Headstock. Indian Rosewood Indian rosewood is commonly found on high-end guitars. This wood is heavier and more dense than mahogany and also is very stable and resonant. East Indian Rosewood is dark brown with sometimes purple-brown streaks giving a pleasant figure. - Bracework - Zager Design (hand scalloped) Bracework. 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. - Inlay - Full Abalone Inlay. Full Abalone Abalone type inlay is found on only the highest quality guitars. Laid by hand one piece at a time, the color and translucence of each piece changes with different amounts of light. Not only does it add to the overall look of your guitar, but it also adds to the value. Our 80 Series guitars have an inlay rosette around the sound hole in combination with inlay around the entire face as well as small cross fret markers going up the fret board. - Fret Marker - Pearl Cross Fret Marker. Pearl Cross Used on only the highest quality guitars. 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. - Pick Guard - Tortoise Shell Pick Guard. Tortoise Shell Tortoise shell pick guard. Standard teardrop shape. Adds beauty and protects at the same time. Lifetime warranty. After years of use we'll replace your pick guard free of charge and make your guitar look new again. This is what makes our 42 year old family owned company different from the rest... We take care of our customers and they continue to come back year after year. - Pickguard - Gloss Black Pickguard. Gloss Black Genuine glossy black pick guard. Standard teardrop shape. Adds beauty and protects your instrument at the same time. Lifetime warranty. After years of use we'll replace your pick guard free of charge and make your guitar look new again. This is what makes our 42 year old family owned company different from the rest... We take care of our customers and they continue to come back year after year. - Back Detail - Zipper Stripe Back Detail. Zipper Stripe Laid by hand one piece at a time. Adds to the overall beauty and sets off the color of the wood. Found on only the highest quality guitars in the world. - Finish - High Gloss 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 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 Built in Automatic Tuner. 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 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 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 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 youre 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 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) Frets. 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 thats sitting away from the fret board hitting a string. - Warranty - Lifetime Warranty. 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. - Dimensions - 41 x 20 x 11

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