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ZAD50CE Solid Spruce/Mahogany Acoustic Electric Vintage Sunburst

In Stores: $2000+ Regular price Our Price: $1,695.00 Sale price Sale: $1,295.00

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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. Read more

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 low "into" the guitar 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 fretboard without chafing your fingertips.

For 2022 Denny called Bob Fishman at Fishman Electronics (considered the best guitar electronics company in the world) and ordered the Fishman 60 Series electronics package used in our $1500 ZAD80 Series guitars. The electronic transducer system and automatic tuner allow you to plug into any amplifier or PA system and play it like a full blown electric. The onboard equalization package provides infinite sound possibilities with a built in automatic tuner that tunes your guitar in a fraction of the time it takes using conventional methods. When you're tired of electric simply unplug and you'll have the traditional sound of an acoustic.

Pros using the ZAD50CE on stage say it matches or betters $2500 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 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.

  • 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.
  • Built in genuine Fishman 60 transducer system from our $1500 ZAD80CE allows you to plug into any amplifier or PA system and play it like a full electric guitar.
  • Built in genuine Fishman 60 automatic tuner system from our $1500 ZAD80CE tunes your guitar perfectly in seconds and if you're a beginner actually trains your ear for perfect pitch.
  • Built in genuine Fishman 60 equalizer system from our $1500 ZAD80CE gives you infinite sound possibilities allowing you to dial in the perfect sound.
  • 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. (Found on predominantly $2000+ guitars).
  • Hand laid abalone inlay rosette with pearl fret markers.
  • Ivory binding detail and zipper stripe down back (Found in predominantly $2000+ guitars).
  • Genuine Grover tuning machines (best in the world).
  • 100% money back guarantee
  • Lifetime warranty

Featured Videos

2023 Sound demo
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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

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.

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.

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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—one of the most popular tone woods used on acoustic guitars for the last 50 years

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

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 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

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

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 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

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.

Genuine Fishman Built-in-transducer

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.

Genuine Fishman Isys Plus 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 fas

Genuine Fishman Isys Plus Built-in-equalizer

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.

Genuine Grover (silver) Tuning-machines

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.

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

Tusq 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 "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.

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

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

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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 349 reviews
George Maddaloni

How did you hear about this brand?
Searching for acoustic guitars on the internet.

How does this guitar compare with your old guitar, other guitars, or guitars you've tried in stores?
I've been playing guitar for almost 40 years now. In that time I've owned many different brands. Martin, Gibson, Fender, Seagull, Epiphone, Alvarez, Ibanez, Washburn, Cordoba, Squier, Takamine, etc... My Zager Zad900CE is by far the best sounding,playing guitar I've ever owned. The craftsmanship and fine detail that Denny Zager puts into his guitars is exquisite. Looks like a fine piece of art.
If you didn't know the price of this guitar what would you estimate the price to be?

How would you rate customer support?
2nd to none. Best customer service I ever knew.

Would you recommend this guitar to others…if so why?
I would and I have. The ZAD900CE easily competes with some of the best and most expensive guitars there are at a fraction of their price.

Additional comments:
If you're planning to spend a lot of money on a higher-end Martin, Taylor or Gibson I recommend trying a Zager ZAD 900CE first. This is a fantastic guitar not to mention customer service that is 2nd to none. Comes with a lifetime warranty and there's absolutely no risk to try one. If you decide for whatever reason you are not satisfied Zager pays shipping both ways.

William S. Miller

How did you hear about this brand?
I came across the Zager Guitar website shortly after purchasing a Gibson J45. The reviews and photos online peaked my curiosity. I was not 100% satisfied with the Gibson J45 and came across these beautiful looking Zager guitars with stellar reviews by everyone that had one. I saw that there are quite a few professionals using Zager guitars as well and that impressed me most so I decided to place an order. The reviews all looked too good to be true but due to Zager's 100% money-back guarantee I decided to take a chance. While I was waiting for my guitar to arrive I went to a few music stores and played several guitars. Martin, Taylor, Gibson, and other brands as well. Some of the guitars I played were in the $2200-$6000+ price range. Finally I got my Zager. It was packed perfectly and was in tune right out of the box. I was blown away by not only the sound but by the appearance as well. This is a well made, gorgeous looking guitar that sounds great and plays like a dream. Denny Zager has his craft down and does it right.

How does this guitar compare with your old guitar, other guitars, or guitars you've tried in stores?
In my almost 40 years of playing guitar I've owned quite a few. Every brand from Martin, Gibson, Fender, Alvarez, Cordoba, Squier, Ibanez, Alvarez, Sigma, Washburn, Epiphone, Seagull, etc... No guitar I've owned or played can touch my ZAD900CE. The reviews and advertisements for Zager Guitars are all true. You can believe it or not. All I can say is if you're planning on spending $3000+ or more on a guitar try a Zager first. There's nothing to lose as they will pay shipping and insurance both ways if you are not satisfied. Best customer service I've ever come across.

What's your favorite part about this guitar?
It's hard to pick a favorite. I love everything about this guitar but if I had to choose I guess I'd say the sound. Unplugged and plugged in. The Fishman Aura System on this guitar is amazing. It reproduces the natural sound beautifully.
If you didn't know the price of this guitar what would you estimate the price to be?
Easily $4500-$5500. Just the looks and appearance alone compares to guitars that cost that much. The beautiful solid Spruce top with rosewood back and sides, the abalone inlay, the hand bent maple binding, mother of pearl, etc... Gorgeous.

How would you rate customer support?
Dennis, Jr. provided me with the best customer service I've ever experienced. He was very professional in his approach and answered every email (and I sent a myriad of emails to him with my questions) usually within 10-15 minutes of contacting him. Not only that but I ordered the standard wooden hard shell case and was pleasantly surprised to find that he upgraded me to the higher end case for free. Threw in a very nice Zager capo, extra strings, picks and of course the Zager T-Shirt! Zager's record with the BBB, a long with thousands of satisfied, happy customers speaks for itself. I will definitely be buying more guitars from the Zager family. I already have my sights set on the ZAD80CE.

Would you recommend this guitar to others…if so why?
I would and already have without question. This is a very well crafted, beautiful looking guitar that plays like the ads say. My friend owns a nice Taylor which is a very fine guitar. He loved my Zager and couldn't believe how well it played and sounded.

Additional comments:
A great product with the best customer support... What more could one want?!

John T.

How did you hear about this brand?
Searching for a small, high quality solid wood guitar, I came across YouTube videos and the website.

How does this guitar compare with your old guitar, other guitars, or guitars you've tried in stores?
It is a very attractive instrument, and obviously very well-made. Since it is a solid mahogany guitar, it is resonant and has good sustain, given its smaller size.

What's your favorite part about this guitar?
Very pleased about the sound that comes from this 3/4 size instrument. My other 2 guiitars are dreadnoughts, and the purpose in selecting this one was to be small enough to take on trips. This fits the bill, without the tinny sound from other "travel-size guitars that I tried.
If you didn't know the price of this guitar what would you estimate the price to be?

How would you rate customer support?
Excellent, very responsive. Quick replies to even to my simplest questions.

Would you recommend this guitar to others…if so why?
Definitely! It is easier to play, as advertised. I am only a beginner, but our musical family has several (four, to be exact) experienced players, and they are all impressed with the quality of craftsmanship and playability. We regularly have family gatherings, and most times we share music. The Zager is one of the first guitars grabbed when we bring out the instruments!

Al Z

I was searching Ebay for a good used acoustic electric and I noticed an add for Zager easy play guitars. Curiosity got to me, so I checked out the web site, read the reviews,and started researching the Zager brand.

How does this guitar compare with your old guitar, other guitars, or guitars you've tried in stores?
There is no comparison with the guitars I've owned. This new ZAD20CE sounds fantastic, brand new, right out of the box. I'm impressed with the the tone, especially the deep, rich bass. I didn't expect that from a cut away. If it sounds this good brand new, I'm excited to hear it as it ages.

What's your favorite part about this guitar?
The tone, low string height, comfort of the neck, beautiful looks and craftsmanship, over all playability. It's everything it's advertised to be.
If you didn't know the price of this guitar what would you estimate the price to be?
$1800 - $2000.00

How would you rate customer support?
10 + out of ten. I always received a response from Dennis within 20 minutes of sending an e-mail. Denny Zager's company is first class all the way, from his product to the employees.

Would you recommend this guitar to others…if so why?
Yes absolutely. I don't think you're going to beat the quality at the price they sell them for. They also back all there guitars with a 100% guarantee.

Additional comments:
Denny and his son run their company the right way. They have an outstanding product at a great price, with customer service that is second to none. How can you beat that??

David Freitag

How did you hear about this brand?
I was doing some research in preperation to purchasing a new guitar and stumbled across
a You Tube video by Rusty Shackleford showing the new Zager ZAD900CE that just came
in the mail.

How does this guitar compare with your old guitar, other guitars, or guitars you've tried in stores?
I currently have and have had many guitars in the past and I have never seen a guitar as
beautiful and well made as the Zager ZAD900CE especially as inexpensive as it was. Guitars two or three times the cost pale in comparison. The playability is incredible. This is the best setup guitar I have ever experienced.

What's your favorite part about this guitar?
When I first received this guitar in the mail, I excitedly opened up the box and pulled out the nicely cased guitar. After looking through all of the extras that came with the guitar, I finally opened the case to see a work of art. My jaw literaly dropped open and then a big smile came across my face. After admiring the workmanship and quality woods that were used, I finaly got ready to play it. Being delivered during winter on a UPS truck, I was all ready to tune it up first. To my utter suprise it was in perfect tune. I played it for quite a whlie before I could force my self to put it down. I have been playing the guitar for weeks and it hasn't gone out of tune yet. I have never seen a guitar with such perfect setup to stay in tune so long. The tonation is spot on no matter where I go on the neck. Granted I don't thrash the guitar when I play. I'm a soft methodic strummer and picker as Dennis stresses in his videos. I could realy go on for hours how unique this guitar experience is. It's safe to say that I don't beleive I will ever come across a finer guitar than my Zager ZAD900CE in my life time.
If you didn't know the price of this guitar what would you estimate the price to be?
I would have extimated $5000 or more.

How would you rate customer support?
Customer service at Zager Custome Guitars couldn't be better. Quaestions are answered
quickly and Denny is always available when I go online. They're the best.

Would you recommend this guitar to others…if so why?
I would and have raved about this guitar to many and will continue to. Everyone that picks it up is amazed at the sound, quality of the woods and playability.

Additional comments:
I wish I had found this guitar 20 or 30 years ago.