Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Zager ZAD-80 reviews by nbui

all ratings are based off of a perfect guitar. i.e. Martin- OMJM Custom made guitar, solid ceder w/ laminated indian rosewood back and sides. the laminated back and sides are what brings this down to a 9. High quality tuners, abalone inlays in the sound hole and outer bindings. Custom Frets
Action, Fit, & Finish:
Action is quite nice but not as good as the hype. There are glue smears every where! on the neck and higher frets. The wood is nice and polished whistle clean, it squeaks in my case. Custom set up is worth the money.
Sound Quality:
I'm not feeling the sound, it seems muffled when i do heavy picking and the mid seems to over power the high. Relatively good sound, but i expected better. John Mayer would not approve.
Well built, i'm sure the overused glue will keep everything in tact. Inlays are nicely done, i'm sure I will keep this guitar for at least 10 years. Btw, be prepared to baby your guitar, it's just so beautiful :)
Customer Support:
Defiantly the best i've ever encountered, it's like the Nordstrom of the guitar world. Ask them anything and they will reply with pleasure and promptly.
Overall Rating:
I did my own appraisal for this guitar. I've played 90% of the expensive martins, taylors, etc. so i have some credibility. the sound ranges in the $1,200-1,600 area.Action ranges from $1,000 - 6,000 i guess. (kind of hard to estimate that). Wood, features such as 3 piece back and grover tuners, $2,500-3,000 guitar. So I firmly believe this guitar is worth at least $2,000-2,300 if sold in guitar center with Martin slapped on the headstock.

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