I'll try to post images later.
I 1st purchased a Zager guitar years ago, a Martin copy made overseas that he had modified to play "30% easier, for longer practice". Sounded good to me. Everyone who has tried this guitar is completely blown away, it plays like a guitar 4-5 times the price. Denny Zager retired for awhile so I thought I was holding a collectors item and any hope of having another guitar from his hand was gone. I talked to his son about a year ago who confirmed Denny wasn't working on any more guitars.
I visited his website a couple of months ago and, oh yeah, Denny not only came out of retirement, he is now making his own guitars!! His thing is to make a guitar that plays like a dream for much less than, say, a Martin at 3-5x the price. I have no connection to Zager, just passing on good news to anyone in the market for a guitar that plays and sounds like it should be much, much more expensive. The 50 is less than $600.00. I can't believe the sound and feel.
I think it's a labor of love for Denny since he's also a musician. He wrote that ballad "In the Year 2525". Remember that tune? Sort of a Moody Blues feel to it.
I found the Martin on Craigslist for $750. It lists for $1700, though you can get it for a few hundo less. It also plays like a dream with a full low end sound. I strongly recommend this model for anyone who must have a Martin but doesn't want to shell out for the mid-upper range guitar expense. It's a smaller dreadnaught style but has a full size sound.
The previous owner wasn't a flatpicker so I have a practically fresh, new fret board. Man, I feel lucky. I'm enjoying going back and forth between the two and fully basking in the golden strengths of each. Heaven, I tells ya.