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Meet Denny Zager

Denny Zager, of the legendary duo, "Zager and Evans," has been building guitars for decades. His attention to detail and commitment to playability have created a cult following for his boutique, small-batch, ez-play acoustic guitars.

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Roots

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.

The Spotlight

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.

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The Builder

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.

Zager Guitars

Today, Denny is recognized as one of the premier guitar builders in the United States. He’s spent over 40 years refining the specifications of his guitars to make them tonally balanced, beautiful sounding, and effortless to play.