« Nice pedal! »Published on 07/06/11 at 14:20
When I first heard about the acoustic simulation pedals I was a little bit leery of how good the simulation would sound. Then I heard Slash from Velvet Revolver and Guns N Roses use one live in some gig I saw on tv. To my pleasant surprise it actually sounded pretty good. He was playing a Gibson Les Paul and those guitars can be very girthy and robust on tone and to get a guitar like that to sound like a wood hollow body it a big feat of strength.
Type Acoustic simulator
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 2 x 1/4"
Power Supply Included No
Batteries 1 x 9V
Weight 0.9 lbs.
BOSS AC-3 Acoustic Simulator Features:
BOSS's most advanced acoustic-guitar modeling in a compact pedal
Four simulation modes: Standard, Jumbo, Enhanced, and Piezo-equipped
Top and Body knobs for fine-tuning the virtual-body resonance
Built-in reverb, optimized for acoustic-guitar simulation
Advanced modeling for authentic acoustic guitar sounds
Fine-tune controls to shape the acoustic sound you want
Versatile output paths
The only difference in this and the AC-2 is reverb. all the same tone and simulation is the same. the tone of this pedal is decent for the playing who doesn't want to carry an acoustic guitar to a gig and only use it for minimal parts. You can just bring this pedal and your favorite electric guitar and have that acoustic sound quickly and easily for live uses.
This pedal does work and works very well. Let me be very clear, it will not replace the tone of a real acoustic guitar no matter how trashy a cheap acoustic guitar sounds. If you have a cheap acoustic guitar, that guitar will sound better and more natural than an electric guitar using this pedal. However, this is great for a gigging musician that has an acoustic part in a sound and needs to switch quickly to an electric part of a song.
At new these pedals come in at around $129, which isn't bad for a pedal like this. You get a great sounding simulation for acoustic and a nice added reverb section.
I would not recommend this pedal as a replacement for an acoustic guitar in a recording session. This pedal will not get the hollow tone or organic feeling of a real acoustic guitar.