ZAD50 Acoustic

In Stores $1,095+
Our price $895.00
Sale $695.00
1 in stock

Quick Look

  • Compares with Martin D18, Taylor 4/5 Series
  • Sitka Spruce/Mahogany produces a punchy bright character
  • Full size dreadnought the most popular guitar size in the world.
  • Solid wood construction sounds better every year as it ages.
  • Venetian cutaway box design allows you to slide down low into the box for easier playability.
  • Hand carved bracing for greater movement of the soundboard providing a richer sound.
  • Slim neck design feels natural in your hand making it easier to form chords.
  • Custom string spacing for greater speed and accuracy (and less rattles).
  • Zager soft touch fret design for less string bite and finger fatigue.
  • Adjustable truss rod to raise or lower action depending on your playing style.
  • Special ultra thin high gloss finish allows more movement of the body for deeper sound
  • Hand carved bone nut and saddle.
  • Hand laid abalone inlay rosette with pearl fret markers.
  • Ivory binding detail and zipper stripe down back
  • Genuine Grover tuning machines (#1 rated)
  • 100% money back guarantee
  • Lifetime warranty

About the ZAD50 Acoustic

Possibly the last guitar you'll ever buy. 60 years of playing, performing and teaching guitar has given Denny an advantage over the majority of guitar builders today. Denny understands the demands of the professional player because he is one. He discovered there are certain key elements that make a great guitar, and with that knowledge he created the Zager ZAD50 Series. Elements like solid wood construction, high quality hardware, a custom neck design that feels good in your hand, string spacing that allows you to move faster on the fretboard, that simultaneously prevents buzzes and rattles, combined with a special bracing system that produces one of the best sounds in the guitar industry today

In designing the ZAD50 Denny wanted to build a guitar that had the special details you see in only $2500 instruments. Things like a Venetian cutaway box design that allow you to slide your hand down "into" the body for easier playability. Hand scalloped bracing that gives the guitar a more powerful robust sound. Hand filed frets that allow your fingers to glide over the fret board without chafing your fingertips.

Pros using the ZAD50CE on stage say it matches or betters $2000 instruments, but with easier playability and a much lower price since you're buying direct from our workshop in Lincoln, Nebraska. Be sure to read our artist comments and magazine reviews on the 50 as it consistently rates in the top 5% of acoustics made world wide. 100% money back guarantee including shipping fees both ways. It's a lifetime instrument so it comes with a lifetime warranty.

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ZAD50 Acoustic features

  • Dreadnought Size Dimensions

    Dreadnought Size Dimensions

    Height: 41 inches
    Box length: 20 inches
    Waist: 11 inches
    Widest bout: 15.5 inches
    Depth: 4.75 inches
    Scale length: 25.5 inches
    Neck width at nut: 1.74 inches
    Distance from E to E strings at nut: 1.52 inches
  • Full Body Style

    Full Body Style

    Dreadnaught 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.
  • Sitka Spruce Top

    Sitka Spruce Top

    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.
  • Mahogany Back-sides

    Mahogany Back-sides

    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.
  • Mahogany Neck

    Mahogany Neck

    Mahogany—one of the most popular woods used on acoustic guitars for the last 50 years. Lightweight yet strong.
  • Mahogany Headstock

    Mahogany Headstock

    Mahogany is lightweight yet strong, and its timeless look is used on many quality guitars. The guitar head stock configuration is a registered trademark and is used under license from C.F. Martin & Co. Inc. of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • Zager Design (Hand Scalloped) 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.
  • Abalone Rosette

    Abalone Rosette

    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 look of your guitar, but it also adds to the value.
  • Pearl Fret-markers

    Pearl Fret-markers

    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.
  • Zipper Stripe Back-detail

    Zipper Stripe Back-detail

    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.
  • High Gloss Finish

    High Gloss Finish

    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.
  • Custom Adjustment Setting Truss-rod

    Custom Adjustment Setting Truss-rod

    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.
  • Bone Hand Carved Nut

    Bone Hand Carved Nut

    Denny hand carves his nuts from bone for each 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
  • Bone Hand Carved Saddle

    Bone Hand Carved Saddle

    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 bone 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.
  • Zager Custom Lights Strings

    Zager Custom Lights Strings

    Zager custom strings are designed by Denny exclusively for his Guitars. We have customers using all brands and gauges of strings on our guitars with excellent results (Elixir, Martin, Fender, Gibson, D'addario) but these are the strings our customers seem to like the most on our guitars. Hand wound daily in our shop in Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • Zager Soft Touch (Hand Filed) 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 that’s sitting away from the fret board hitting a string.
  • Lifetime 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.

Premium Grover Tuners


The #1 rated tuning machines used on acoustic guitars today. Grover tuners provide exceptional tuning stability and long-term reliability. The 18:1 ratio provides for finer tuning and greater stability.

Custom String Spacing


The nut is standard width, and the neck is not wider than any other acoustic, but the string spacing is, which make Zagers an absolute pleasure to play, almost as easy as an electric guitar.

Abalone Rosette


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 look of your guitar, but it also adds to the value.

African 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.

Hand-Scalloped Bracing


When done by a master builder the brace maintains its structural integrity, while making the top more efficient. The result is faster attack, longer sustain, more power, and an improvement in tonal clarity.

Maple Binding


Figured Maple binding is not only beautiful to look at but it also protects your guitar from bumps and nicks in daily use. Found generally on guitars exceeding the $2,000 price point.

BODY
Body Material African Mahogany
Body Shape Dreadnought
Body Finish Lacquer
DIMENSIONS
Height 41 inches
Waist 11 inches
Depth 4.74 inches
Scale length 25.5 inches
Nut width 1.74 inches
E to E 1.52 inches
NECK
Number of Frets 21 frets
Nut Material Bone
Tuners Grover 18:1 Silver Tuners
Bridge Material Tusq

100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE

Zager Guitars is a 47 year old family owned guitar company that does most of its business from friends referring friends and family. We like our customers happy and this is why we’re the only guitar company with a true 100% money back guarantee that includes all shipping fees (both ways) within 14 days of the purchase date. We are musicians and we understand you need to take time with an instrument to see if you’re comfortable with it. And that's why we include our 14 "Try Before You Buy" Guarantee. If you're not absolutely impressed with the quality, sound and playability of your guitar, simply contact us to arrange return shipping. No restocking fees, no hidden charges, no nonsense. This means you can try one of our guitars without risking a penny.

WARRANTY

Our warranty covers everything except for damage from neglect. Our electronics are fully warranted for 2 years just like Taylor, Martin, Fender and Gibson. We even go the extra mile so in the event there was some neglect we’ll help get your guitar working again. Almost all of our business these days comes from friends referring friends and family, so we like to know our customers are happy.

Is There A Case Included With My Guitar Purchase?

Yes, we include an ultra-light hardshell case with all new guitar purchases. These cases include a humidity sensor, to help you maintain your instrument. We have two types of cases and offer them at wholesale cost on our cases page, if you would like to purchase one separate from a guitar.

If I Order Today, When Will It Arrive?

If you order Monday through Friday we have most guitars out the same day after Denny's final inspection, and average ship time is 3 business days. Saturday and Sunday orders are shipped Monday. If you need a guitar faster, just contact us and we'll get you an exact quote. Average 2 day is $89, overnight $135. International shipping ranges from 5-7 days depending where you are located.

Is There A Catch To The 100% Money Back Guarantee?

No. Zager Guitars is a 47 year old family owned guitar company that does most of its business from friends referring friends and family. We like our customers happy and this is why we're the only guitar company (that we're aware of) with a true 100% money back guarantee, that includes all shipping fees within 14 days of the purchase date. No restocking fees, no hidden charges, no BS. This means you can try a guitar without risking a penny. We are musicians and we understand you need to take time with an instrument to see if you're comfortable with it. This cannot be done in a noisy music store with a salesman hovering over your shoulder trying to make a sale. Buying online also saves you money because you're buying directly from the builder, bypassing the retail store and their middleman price mark up. This is why if you were to see Zager guitars in stores prices would be double.

Do You Build Left Handed Models?

Yes. Denny builds a small amount of left handed models annually, so we do have them, but they're limited. If you're interested in a left hand model, email dennis@zager.com and we'll check our inventory and provide a list of our left hand models available.

What Is The Shipping Cost To Alaska, Hawaii, APO & International?

We've been sending guitars around the world for over 47 years. If you provide your shipping address we'll get you an exact shipping quote, with no mark-up. My father truly appreciates our customers around the world and as a way of offsetting higher shipping fees we provide our international clients a lifetime membership to Denny's Guitar Instruction Library free of charge ($200 Value) and a years worth of free Zager strings ($89 Value).

What's Covered Under Your Lifetime Warranty?

My father has the same warranty on his guitars as the other high end acoustic guitar makers. Our warranty covers everything except for damage from neglect. Our electronics are fully warranted for 2 years just like Taylor, Martin, Fender and Gibson $10,000 guitars. We even go the extra mile so in the event there was some neglect we'll help get your guitar working again. Almost all of our business these days comes from friends referring friends and family so we like to know our customers are happy.

Where Can I Try A Zager?

My father only offers his guitars direct from our website meaning there is no middleman price mark up. In this way quality control is perfect since he’s the last one to handle your guitar before it’s delivered to you, and our prices are 50% less since you’re buying direct from our workshop in Lincoln, Nebraska. To remove all risk we're the only guitar company in the world with a true 100% money back guarantee, meaning you can try a guitar in your home instead of a crowded noisy music store, with your own equipment, and without risking a penny.

What Makes A Zager Easier To Play?

If you look at our guitars closely you’ll notice some key characteristics that you won't find on other guitars. One is a very comfortable natural neck design that's easy to get your hand around. You’ll also notice lower string heights and much lower string pressures. This allows you to come over the strings at a more perpendicular for better accuracy and you can form chords with much less finger pressure which allow you to move faster on the fretboard. Another thing you'll notice is custom string spacing which creates room for your fingers so when you're forming chords you're not accidentally touching other strings creating buzzes and rattles. You'll also see a special fret design with softer material that takes away string "bite" and overall finger fatigue, as well as a custom nut and saddle design, and a custom bracing system which produces one of the best sounds in the acoustic world today. It's because of Denny's lifetime of research that Zager guitars receive some of the highest ratings in the guitar world today.

Why Can't I Find Zager In Retail Stores?

If you were to see our guitars in retail stores prices would be double. Many people don't realize that when you buy a guitar in a retail store almost half the money you're paying is going to the retail store...not your guitar. Retail stores need to pay for their bricks and mortar buildings, their salesmen, their advertising and all the expenditures that go into operating a retail location. By buying direct from the builder you get twice the guitar for your money and your guitar goes from straight from Denny's hands to your hands which ensures perfect quality control.

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100% Money-back Guarantee

Zager Guitars is a 47 year old family owned guitar company that does most of its business from friends referring friends and family. We like our customers happy and this is why we’re the only guitar company with a true 100% money back guarantee that includes shipping fees both ways. No restocking fees, no hidden charges, no BS. This means you can try a guitar without risking a penny.

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