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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

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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.

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BossAC-3 Acoustic Simulator
 
4.2

(based on 92 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (56)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Simply A Failure ...

Really, I'll say it again. Look at the other ratings, and please look for this issue online. I
I'm very disappointed in this unit. I just sent it back for a full...Read complete review

Really, I'll say it again. Look at the other ratings, and please look for this issue online. I
I'm very disappointed in this unit. I just sent it back for a full refund today. There is an incredibly loud "hiss" that is always present. You can reduce the "hiss" if you turn the volume on your guitar down to about 5, and dial back the "TOP" knob on the AC-3 to almost zero. However, when you do this, you loose any resemblence of a true acoustic guitar sound.

I have a Standard American Strat, a Delux American Strat, and a Delux American Tele. They all had the same result. I only play through monster cables (no shortage of quality there), and through the required Boss 9v adaptor. I tried all my guitars, different cables, and differnt adaptors. Same result.
Do you homework on this before buying it. You'll see comments like mine all over the internet.
Honestly, I wouldn't use this in a live, studio, or practice scenario even if it were give to me for free.

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5.0

A Must Have

By Rodeo

from Idaho

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

    Love it. Use it all the time. A must have on your pedal board.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Eliminate Hiss Using Line Out

    By korayalpaslan

    from Turkey

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events

      Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

      Folks,

      I had the same hiss issue with Boss AC-3 and here is the ultimate solution:

      Connect your pedal line out to a DI with an amp sim; could be H&K Red Box 5, Joyo JDI-01, Behringer Ultra G, Palmer Junction, Radial JDX Direct-Drive etc...

      My personal choice is Palmer Junction DI with 'Bright' setting. Use an XLR cable from the 'Balanced Out' to PA or sound card.

      If you want to have total control over the acoustic simulated tone on stage, use an EQ right before the AC-3. If you have a plug-in running on your computer, keep in mind; you might want to set the 'Reverb' on AC-3 to zero and use that effect after the EQ plug-in.

      Hope this helps, cheers.

       
      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.

      (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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wish I had bought this YEARS ago!

      By Karl

      from Pierce, NE

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Extra Output
      • Voice Selection

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • Performance

      Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

      I play in a Praise Band at our church, where a lot of the songs start out acoustic, then build and rock out at the chorus. As I am currently the only guitar player in the group, I've had to pick & choose which guitar to play....not anymore!! What sold me was watching the video demo on the BOSS website. If you run the line out separately through the system, it acts like a bypass & you can leave your other pedals (overdrive, distortion, delay, etc.) set for your electric sound.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Works Great Only When Using Both Outputs

      By blujonz

      from NY

      Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

      I play in multiple cover bands. I'm the only guitarist in most of them. In those situations, this pedal works great. Make no mistake, we're not talking about replacing anyone's precious acoustic. But for that quick change from acoustic to lead tones (e.g. Marshall Tucker's "Can't You See") it's great, and I get lots of compliments.

      The key is you must use both outputs and the Line Out must go to a PA channel, powered monitor or acoustic amp. It's the only way the COSM emulator will sound anywhere near an acoustic. If you can't do this, don't bother, it will sound horrible through a guitar amp. Simple as that. But what's cool is when you use both outputs, it acts like an "AB box" in that your signal will go to the PA/monitor when engaged, and to your amp when disengaged. This allows you to pre-set your amp to a solo channel right after accompanying a verse on "acoustic" (think "Can't You See" again - I also do this for "Wonderwall").

      I've had this pedal over 2 years now and I gig regularly. It's stood up to constant stomping (like a Boss does) and its tone is convincing enough for audiences, and does have an "acoustic feel" when you strum. Other guitar players that have heard me play have bought one after hearing it. Like I said - both outputs with Line Out to PA… or don't bother.

      I did have trouble on some house PA systems with the pedal sending a noisy and/or ground loop signal to the house. I bought Radial's JDI passive DI box to correct this and it worked beautifully. So now, I'm sure to send a clean, balanced signal and doing that made the pedal sound even better (more definition).

      Hope this review helps…. and no, I don't work for Boss although it would be cool if they comp'd me a pedal for this review!! : )

      Peace.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good pedal, just play it carefully

      By Valdomero

      from San Jose, CR

      Pros

      • Good With Soft Picking
      • Nice Cleans

      Cons

      • Can't Strum Hard
      • Catches Too Much Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Band practice
      • Training

      Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

      This pedal is really nice, contrary to what must say. Regardless of your pickups and guitar, it WILL sound like an acoustic, my guitar is an Ibanez with EMG's yet the pedal manages to clean it up. This pedal picks up every detail in your sound, including fret buzz sadly. The only way to get away with dead low action is to use a noise gate with this pedal. You can't also strum too hard with your volume way too up or the pedal will be nulified. My bandmates like it, and I like it. It's not the best pedal for cleans out there, but it does its job really good, just try and get one used if you aren't too sure wether to buy it or not.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Not quite what I was looking for

      By Walt

      from Billings, MT

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Built well
      • Simple Controls

      Cons

      • Artificial Sounding
      • Strange Tone

      Best Uses

        Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

        My experience was that this pedal seemed ok with a single coil pick up, using my strat, but sounded pretty terrible if I used a guitar with humbuckers. The tone is too twangy and bright, even if the top the control is dialed down. If you dial it up hang on…Ovation on steroids! In the end it took a clean sounding electric and made it sound like a strange sounding clean electric. Best results were using the line out function to go directly into the pa with the acoustic production from the pedal. If it was in a effect chain it was bad.

         
        5.0

        Amazing Pedal !!

        By Carlos Ibarra

        from Lardeo TX

        Comments about Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator:

        This pedal really surprise me, sounds like the video demo in youtube, you have 4 options or modes to setup: Standard, Jumbo (this is the best for me), Enhance or Piezo, the sound is rich and deep, you can also adjust the Body and Top knobs (its like an EQ), or add a bit of reverb, if you want emulate the sound of your favorite acoustic guitar this pedal really works... And don?t need carry your acoustic to every show.

        (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

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