Boss AD-8

Boss AD-8

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AD-8, Multi-Effect for Acoustic Guitar from Boss in the AD series.

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Boss AD-8 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Boss
  • Model: AD-8
  • Series: AD
  • Category: Multi-Effects for Acoustic Guitar
  • Added in our database on: 04/19/2004

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Boss AD-8 user reviews

Average Score:3.4( 3.4/5 based on 8 reviews )
 5 reviews63 %
 1 user review13 %
 2 reviews25 %
MGR/Walter Morgan   AKA   Captian Morgan12/08/2003

MGR/Walter Morgan AKA Captian Morgan's review"Boss AD-6 Guitar Effects"

Boss AD-8
Picked this unit up at Sam Ash for $349

I love the sound gives my acoustic Taylor 310-ce and Guild small-body. I have to turn my gain way down on the P.A. because it boosts the signal. (A big plus) The Boss AD-8 is also very easy to use. It is easy to change the paramaters of the presets (EQ, effects) Four presets are more than enough for my needs.

I haven't found anything yet.

The unit is heavy fot it's size. Very durable.

I have used this unit on gigs and is east to set up. I use the XLR cord on a peavy P.A. head and it sounds great. I can't wait to use it in the recording Studio

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MGR/david's review"Boss AD - 8"

Boss AD-8
I am a musician and I acquired this unit through one of my friends returning from the US. They paid about 400 dollars

Smooth rich music, extremely clear and a rich blend of tones to experiment with.

I like everything about it.

Its very good and compact.Good quality.

Its a great unit to be used for all types of tones. Good quality rich clear output tones.

Its a great unit.

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moosers's review

Boss AD-8
The Boss AD-8 is an acoustic guitar multi-effects processor.  It has a ton of different features and effects and is designed for the acoustic guitar performer who wants all of their effects and sound processing in a signal unit.  The pedal has ¼ inch connections and is powered by the power supply that comes with it.  It isn’t rackable – it is a guitar foot pedal.


The make up of the Boss AD-8 is pretty easy to follow, but there is a lot going on and will take a little bit of time to get used to what everything does.  In terms of parameters, the pedal has knobs for output level, reverb (with three different types of reverbs to choose from), body type, body level, string enhance and a section for EQ that has knobs for bass, two for middle, one of treble and one for presence.  The pedal also has a section for saving sounds, which is a really cool feature in my opinion.  There are also three large foot switches for this memory feature and for turning the effects on and off.  The manual is put together pretty well and if you have access to it I would recommend having it around as there are a lot of ins and outs to this pedal.


While in general I’m not a big fan of effects on acoustic guitars, this pedal does sound good and I can see how it would definitely come in handy for live shows.  The reverb sounds really good but the acoustic modeling section and EQ sections are probably the most useful.  If you are looking to get your acoustic guitar sounding a bit more precise and pristine, the Boss AD-8 definitely offers that possibility.


I’ve only used the Boss AD-8 a handful of times and haven’t used it for any live shows, but I would definitely recommend checking out this pedal if you want to get some effects and sound modeling going with your acoustic guitar for live shows or even for home use.  I wouldn’t recommend using this for recording as I always like to record acoustic guitar clean and do what I want with it later on in the mixing process.  The price is quite reasonable for a pedal of this nature and overall the Boss AD-8 is definitely worth a look.

gibson80's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss AD-8
Acoustic simulation preamp (low of 6 sounds great Guitars: Gibson, guild, martin ...). very complete connectivity because you can go out XLR or jack and also use in mono or stereo. good practice to balance the output signal to a mixer for example.
ad-8 boss also has a intergre reverb.


The grip is so super simple. who does not love me immerse myself 3 days in the instructions for use: l you plug your guitar on it (I use it with a petrucci with piezo or a taylor 414 EC) are you trying dej 6 preset sounds (pots 6 positions), also the reverb and sounds quickly.


I think the first post is a little hard because the sound is much better anyway with the AD8 boss without him. I often people come to me to ask me how to get that sound with my electro petrucci because they are surprised at the results. it's on then it is better to go through a good meal and good speakers sound or acoustic amp quality.


I've had 3 years and I think its new price is a little lev but I do not question its quality and especially the rendering obtained subsidized loan which my sound very convincing electro fawn. I sold my first ad-8 to take a prempli para home lr bags but I came back to the ad-8 which is a little known product but fulfills its functions.

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