Skip to main content Skip to footer
Call and save 18% off a single item of $49 or more. Call 866-498-7882 for qualifying brands
FREE Standard Ground Shipping (edit) Get Details

More Info About Free 2-Day Standard Ground Shipping

Close Window
Top Seller

Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator

Item #: 
1274034492471
  • Write a Review

BOSS is pleased to offer another "Authentic BOSS" Compact Pedal; the AC-3. How many times have you been onstage or in the studio with your electric guitar, and wished that you'd brought an acoustic al... Click To Read More About This Product

IN STOCK & READY TO SHIP

Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Price:
$12999
    Warranty Options
+ Add to Wish List
Special Financing Offer
Guitar Center Gear Card

Special 6-month financing^ + learn how to earn 5% back in rewards. Valid through 12/31/2018
Get DetailsAbout Special Financing Offers

 
Free Store Pick Up Available Today Fairfax, VA (15.38  mi) View More Stores For Availability Store Information


,
SUN:11AM-7PM
MON-FRI:10AM-9PM
SAT:10AM-8PM

QUESTIONS?
Connect with an expert instantly.

Call us: 866-498-7882

  • Protect Your Gear
  • Free Shipping
  • International Shipping
Overview

BOSS is pleased to offer another "Authentic BOSS" Compact Pedal; the AC-3. How many times have you been onstage or in the studio with your electric guitar, and wished that you'd brought an acoustic along? For musicians who travel light, hauling an extra guitar isn't practical. The AC-3 gives electric guitarists an acoustic effect with a tap of the pedal.

BOSS's COSM Acoustic-Modeling technology is beautifully showcased in this small but powerful pedal, which simulates an acoustic guitar much more precisely and realistically than previous technology has allowed. Derived from BOSS top-of-the-line AD-8, the AC-3 pedal simulates the sound of an acoustic guitar with incredible precision.

Four simulation modes are provided: Standard, Jumbo, Enhanced, and Piezo-equipped; the latter supplies that famous "cut through the mix" direct piezo sound. Previous compact acoustic-guitar modeling-pedals were promising, but now the bar has been raised with Boss AC-3.

Pro Coverage
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Boss pedals - 5 year parts warranty
90 day labor warranty.
1 year warranty - Multitracks, Jamstations, etc.
Check with manufacturer for specific product warranty.


GUITAR CENTER'S PRO COVERAGE
Pro Coverage gives you added warranty protection for your gear. Stepping in where the manufacturer's "normal wear and tear" coverage ends, our Pro Coverage program offers you upgraded coverage if your product ever fails Click To Read More About This Product.

Pro Coverage includes
  • Accidental damage protection
  • Expedited repair or replacement
  • Free shipping (for returns or repairs)
  • 100% coverage for commercial use
  • Extended price protection
  • No lemon guarantee
  • Free transfer of coverage to a new owner
  • Repair costs covered for up to five years from date of purchase
  • Repair authorization-toll-free by phone or via the web
  • Customer Reviews
Loading....

Review Snapshot

by PowerReviews
BossAC-3 Acoustic Simulator
 
4.1

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Another Amazing Boss Pedal

On stage you pick your poison depending on the song; do you want to go with a typical, clean electric sound, or the natural one offered by an acoustic guitar? While not all...Read complete review

On stage you pick your poison depending on the song; do you want to go with a typical, clean electric sound, or the natural one offered by an acoustic guitar? While not all songs go well with the crisp tone of an acoustic, when you DO need one, its allways handy to have the BOSS AC-3 Acoustic Simulator. You will not find a better quality pedal coming from such an esteemed manufacturer, and for just shy of $100, you can't get a much better value. All the little farts and burps an acoustic can make are simulated with this pedal; everything from the rough ringing of hard-plucked strings to the distinguished sound of slapping your palm against the strings, along with the intricate sound an acoustic makes when palm-muted are about as flawlessly simulated with this pedal as they can be. First playing the pedal is an experience all in its own. It's hard not to be skeptical when it comes to this pedal, but playing it will change your mind completely. BOSS has created a masterpiece all in its own, and has created a pedal that outplays the competition and makes your life as a musician much more convenient. Do yourself a favor and buy this thing.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

For At Home Only

I got this pedal for Christmas about a year ago, and was very excited to get it out of the box and try it out. However, I quickly discovered that there is a...Read complete review

I got this pedal for Christmas about a year ago, and was very excited to get it out of the box and try it out. However, I quickly discovered that there is a lot of "static" feedback if you turn up the volume too much. Unless you have a very loud amp and can keep the pedal volume low enough that the feedback is almost inaudible, than I would NOT suggest playing this pedal out at gigs. Otherwise it's a great pedal for just messing around with, and to switch between an electric and acoustic sound quickly. Of course it's not perfect, but it sounds about 95% true to a real acoustic.

Reviewed by 28 customers

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to Top

Previous | Next »

(57 of 68 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Another Amazing Boss Pedal

By Casey

from Lafayette, LA

Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

On stage you pick your poison depending on the song; do you want to go with a typical, clean electric sound, or the natural one offered by an acoustic guitar? While not all songs go well with the crisp tone of an acoustic, when you DO need one, its allways handy to have the BOSS AC-3 Acoustic Simulator. You will not find a better quality pedal coming from such an esteemed manufacturer, and for just shy of $100, you can't get a much better value. All the little farts and burps an acoustic can make are simulated with this pedal; everything from the rough ringing of hard-plucked strings to the distinguished sound of slapping your palm against the strings, along with the intricate sound an acoustic makes when palm-muted are about as flawlessly simulated with this pedal as they can be. First playing the pedal is an experience all in its own. It's hard not to be skeptical when it comes to this pedal, but playing it will change your mind completely. BOSS has created a masterpiece all in its own, and has created a pedal that outplays the competition and makes your life as a musician much more convenient. Do yourself a favor and buy this thing.

(31 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

amazing

By adiotj900

from florida

Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

I find this "amazing" pedal great for playing stairway to heaven and many more songs. I am astonished of how quick one sound can turn into its opposite sound so i reccomend this pedal to every guitarist eager for a fast change of sound.

(22 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Is Amazing

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

This little gadet saved me a lot of money. I own an electric guitar but I lead worship at church and needed an acoustic guitar. Instead of spending alot of money on an acoustic electric, I purchased this pedal. It sounds exactly like an acoustic guitar. It holds battery for a long time, and it is very durable. The sound is so pure and there are different types of acoustics you make it sound like. I highly suggest this for anyone who needs to switch back and forth from electric and acoustic without the hassle of taking off one guitar and picking up another.

(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Closer than you can Imagine

By el_valesito87

from Fresno CA

Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

It may be hard to believe, but this pedal is incredibly close to the real thing. Although it is easy to distinguish it from a actual acoustic guitar, the quality of the sound it creates more than makes of for its small imperfections. The four distinct settings are good. I use the jumbo setting the most, since it gives my a very bright sound that is very useful for the music I play. The brightness is not only useful for a typical acoustic song but can be dialed in to have a very pleasing clean sound that can really give light to other styles. During practices the pedal is easy to dial in and set. However, it can get a little more difficult in a live setting. A recurring problem that can arise is a cracking sound that can occur while playing. This problem can be easily fixed most of the time with a turn of the effect or top knob. The reverb feature that the previous ac-2 did not have is a more than welcome addition to my rig. It is very nice when use with the piezo or jumbo setting accordingly. The other two acoustic setting seem to favor either light finger picking or strumming when the reverb is on. Otherwise it can sound drowned out or hazy. The reverb is also something that needs to be checked well in a live situation. I found that it can make the a hazy sound that can conflict the vocalist if I did not adjust it to a particular song when I was strumming. This can once again be easily fixed, but you make sure for each song change. Overall it is a fantastic pedal to add to your collection. Although it has some ways to go before it a exact replica of an acoustic, it is still a good pedal that gives a bright and clean sound. Dial it in and you guitar will sing with amazing clarity.

(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

For At Home Only

By Brian

from Pennsylvania

Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

I got this pedal for Christmas about a year ago, and was very excited to get it out of the box and try it out. However, I quickly discovered that there is a lot of "static" feedback if you turn up the volume too much. Unless you have a very loud amp and can keep the pedal volume low enough that the feedback is almost inaudible, than I would NOT suggest playing this pedal out at gigs. Otherwise it's a great pedal for just messing around with, and to switch between an electric and acoustic sound quickly. Of course it's not perfect, but it sounds about 95% true to a real acoustic.

(4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator close but no cigar

By Steve

from Bklyn, NY

Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

I used this with my ibanez S series into my mini pa and still it didn't sound like a real acoustic guitar. It is still a good pedal because it gives me a really good clean sound. I like the enhance setting the most. It basically gave my Ibanez a very Fender strat kind of clean sound and since that's not a bad thing I think this a good pedal.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

good for one hundred dollars

By culver van vleck

from washington dc

Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

this pedal is pretty good for its price, when i bought it i wasn't expecting it to sound exactly acoustic and it doesn't. First of all you get this weird static sound when you turn it on, unless you turn it almost all the way down. it also has a bass-like tone so i always need to put the treble up on my amp or put my toggle switch on treble, but then again i would expect nothing more out of a pedal of this price. i have owned this pedal for 7 months and so far no difficulties, this pedal has sounded the same throughout and has been very reliable. This pedal sounds better through a 30-70 watt tube amp than solid state (just like everything else,) it gives off a more natural sound. I like the tonal options of this pedal, it can sound like just a standard acoustic, a jumbo acoustic, enhanced or with piezo saddles. This pedal sounds like django reinhart's acoustic guitar tone, and also can sound like the tone jimi hendrix gets for the clean intro to all along the watchtower. But if you dont have a decent acoustic guitar, dont try and save money by getting this instead of an acoustic.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Lots of static noise

By AL

from Waxhaw, NC

Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

I was excited when I first got my pedal. Especially given the reviews. While Boss has done a great job with the reproduction of acoustic sounds, the pedal is rendered almost ineffective when the static kicks in. It is audible when the strings are hit. Once the unit stops trying to convert the sound, it goes away. But if you're looking to play with a band or plug into a PA for the acoustic portion of the sound, this will not do it for you. While I'm not a great guitar player, I can recognize good or bad sound when I hear it. Unfortunately, the static feedback ruins the pedal.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing pedal

By Matthew Jones

from Shelton, WA

Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

First things first. It works well, This pedal can make any electric guitar sound like a convincable acoustic guitar. With this pedal you can access transitions that could never do with this pedal. With this pedal i have made transitions like going from heavy metal breakdowns to country sounding chords. You can literally, with the push of one foot, switch genres. You can go from acoustic duet to poppy chorus lines, or from metal shred-downs to hill-billy squaredance. Ultimately, get this pedal if you want to make your sound unique.

(1 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

hee ????

By p b

from san francisco, ca

Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

Just bought one from gc. There is no way on this planet that this pedal sounds even close to a real acoustic guitar, you got to be on acid. I tried all kinds of different settings with the pedal, with a gibson classic, with a mesa boogie F 30, with a mesa boogie lonestar. I even called in my wife to ask her opinion. Sounds nice, and adds more body, but thats about it. sorry, that pedal is a waste of a trip to the store.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great if you learn how to use it

By Neil Goldman

from Miami, FL

Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

This pedal sounds like a realistic acoustic guitar. I think it's meant to sound better on a guitar with humbuckers, and on the neck pickup. The Standard and Jumbo settings sound best, Jumbo basically having more bass and body than standard. Just keep the level below 7 or 8 (out of 10), and the top below 9 (out of 10) otherwise it begins to produce the hiss some people mention. Other than that, this pedal is amazing for live use.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

If you know what you are doing,

By Donald Hightower

from Marietta, Ga.

Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

you can get a good acoustic sound. As others have found, put a booster of some sort in front of the AC-3 and it sounds really good. I use a Boss GE-7 EQ as a boost. This will get you the acoustic sound you want. I use this also as an amp switcher.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

noise?

By FRED BOUCHARD

from Detroit, Mi

Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

I have read allot of complaints about the Noise from this pedal? let me say it is a noisy pedal unless use with the right guitar and amp set up... When used with ANY passive pickups and a tube amp there will be noise...if you use ACTIVE pickups(EMGs) NO NOISE... Solid State amplifiers eliminate some noise Bottom Line You Need Good Active pickups and a Good sounding amplifier and the will be NO NOISE...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gotta set it up correct

By MARK HERMANSON

from lake forest california

Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

When I first got this, I thought it sucked, then went on youtube and listened to some pro reviews, lets face it, the manuals for almost all the pedals are the same and suck. The big trick I found, if putting this pedal in line with others is of course placement, mine is first with the cs3 compressor second ( I am counting after my tu3 tuner then my wah pedal) The second thing, use the line out, not the G amp out, made a world of difference in the sound. My settings are smack in the middle, on jumbo. No it isnt EXACTLY like a real acoustic, but overall its a great piece of equiptment. I am running a BUgera 120 watt tube amp, and using either the epiphone les paul or epiphone sg400 pro

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

STILL WORTH IT

By Rolan

from Greeley, CO

Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

The pedal does what it says it will, though what guitar you're using might have an effect. The difference is less marked with my semi-hollowbody, and there is definitely some hum with this pedal. With a very good ground, it is manageable if the pedal is the first one in your chain.

 
5.0

Great on Bass

By Alleycat

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Performances

    Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

    I play an EUB (Electric Upright Bass). It has a good tone, but nothing like the rich tone of an acoustic upright. This pedal makes it close. I would recommend this to any fretless player.

     
    2.0

    Lacking as a true acoustic substitute

    By Matt

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

    This pedal seems to work best with single coils. With humbuckers, you get more of a muddy version of the clean sound. The bass response off the low E and the A isn't great. It doesn't pick it up very well. The only tone I seemed to connect with was the jumbo, and even then it's great for picking or higher chords. I was running directly into a PA, so it may be different into an acoustic amp, an additional EQ pedal or a preamp. If you need a quick switch with a full band, you'll be fine, but as a stand alone acoustic guitar sound, I wasn't very impressed.

     
    5.0

    Amazing

    By roadman

    from Lafayette, IN

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

      It is nice to have an acoustic for some songs doing a show, but I hate hauling a lot of extra gear. I plugged my PRS semi hollow into the Boss Acoustic simulator pedal and with a few easy adjustments found a very usable acoustic tone. It is not like my Taylor E2 system plugged into a quality acoustic amplifier, but is certainly ahead of the early Fishman Piezo sounds. This one is a keeper.

       
      4.0

      Excellent Addition to Any Rig

      By Yoda

      from Brownstown, Mi

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

      • Noise Produced

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Performances

      Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

      The device as with all BOSS stompboxes is very durable and well constructed. The tones that it generates actually produce an excellent representation of an electric acoustic ranging from a deep bodied dreadnaught to the brightest of acoustic electrics. It works best with my Les Paul with the Humbuckers split into single coils. The pedal does seem to produce a bit of noise when you first touch the strings and the COSM begins to process the sound however no more than most amplifiers do and can be overcome with some EQ or a noise gate. I am extremely happy with this pedal and will continue to use it whenever I need to perform an acoustic set with my electric.

       
      4.0

      kind of sounds like an acoustic

      By no

      from no

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Good Selection Of Effects

      Cons

      • only works with single coils
      • slight humming noise ( a noise suppresser fix it

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

      has a slight humming noise, and only sounds good with single coil pickups. But it does what it is supposed to do.

      Displaying reviews 1-20

      Back to Top

      Previous | Next »

      You are changing the Ship-To country.

      Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.