Denny began playing guitar in 1949, and after years of practice, at the age of 15 had the #1 song in the neighboring four states.
Over the next decade he put together several well known local bands..."The Devilles" and "The Eccentrics." He soon met Rick Evans and they formed "Zager & Evans," who produced the mega-smash hit, "In The Year 2525."
20 Million Records
"In The Year 2525," became the #1 song of 1969 and the biggest one-hit wonder of any artist, at any time in recording history, selling over 20 million records world wide. You may have seen Denny featured in Time, Newsweek Magazine, and The New Yorker.
Denny has been asked to make numerous television appearances including The Tonight Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Dick Cavett Show, Top Of The Pops, The Music Scene with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and was also asked to play Woodstock in 1969 with Jimmy Hendrix, Santana, and The Grateful Dead.
After touring around the world Denny came back to his roots in Nebraska and focused on his one true passion, building guitars.
- In 1969 Denny rebuilt the neck on his guitar giving it a low oval shape unlike any guitar on the market at that time.
- In 1970 he replaced the frets using a softer, smaller gauge of fret wire.
- In 1971 he began testing saddles and by 1972 he had created a custom saddle that he matched with a custom designed nut.
- In 1973 he began lowering string heights and realized how much easier his guitar played when his strings were lower on the fretboard.
- In 1974 he tested bracing systems and soon after created his own bracing system that produced a huge sound with a light touch.
- In 1975 he tested string gauges and how they not only affected sound quality, but also playability.
- In 1978 he experimented with string spacing and realized how much faster he could move on the fretboard when the strings were properly spaced.
From The Desk of Denny Zager
My name is Denny Zager, part of the legendary duo, "Zager & Evans," who produced the 1969 smash-hit single, “In The Year 2525.” I gotta tell you I never dreamed that song would do so well, and in the end, it sold over 20 million records. It was quite the ride. But life goes on after a hit single, and I’ve been building guitars for the last 47 years since then, and I’m proud to say that when you buy one of my guitars, you’re getting one of the highest quality, most comfortable guitars available.
We don’t sell Zagers in stores, so you don’t end up paying a retail mark-up, which is often 30% to 40% of the price you pay. If you spend $1500 on a guitar, why should you pay $525 to the retail outlet when that money could be spent on premium components in your guitar? Well, that’s exactly why buying a Zager makes sense, because you get more for your money when you cut out the middleman and buy directly from our shop in Lincoln, Nebraska.
I’ve also spent decades focusing on playability, and have developed what many people think, are the easiest, most comfortable guitars ever designed. I use small frets, lighter string gauges, and a wider string spacing, plus a neck profile that is fairly thin, with lighter bracing in the body. All of this works to lower the string tension, lighten the touch necessary to play a chord, and project loud, clear, tonally balanced notes. Zagers are making their way into the top recording studios in the world, because they sound wonderful on recordings, and they’re making their way onto the stages of professional touring musicians, who prize their comfort during long shows.
If you’re considering a new acoustic guitar, I invite you to try a Zager for yourself and see why thousands of people are switching to Zager Guitars. We offer a 14-Day In Home Free Trial, and you won’t pay a penny unless you decide to keep the guitar. Thanks for stopping by and I wish you all the best!