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Boss AC-2 Acoustic Simulator Pedal

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Why change guitars when you can simply add the AC-2 to your rig?

This amazing stompbox accurately simulates acoustic guitar sounds from your electric guitar. 4-mode dial lets you select standard or jumbo acoustic sound, or add brilliance with enhance, or a piezo pickup sound. Top and body knobs make it easy to fine-tune your acoustic tones with the simple and sturdy Boss AC-2 effects pedal.

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    4.2

    (based on 34 reviews)

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    Not bad

    Ok? I've heard good and bad about this pedal. I bought it for two reasons. One, I play in a three piece band and I thought this would be a nice pedal to...Read complete review

    Ok? I've heard good and bad about this pedal. I bought it for two reasons. One, I play in a three piece band and I thought this would be a nice pedal to have for opening tunes with an Acoustic sound then switching to electric. Two, this saves me from draggin out two or three guitars for a gig. Now onto the bad reviews. Lets face it guys, this will not make your electric guitar sound like a true acoustic. the only way to get that sound is to have a Taylor and run it through a 31 band EQ and then run it direct into a PA Mixer. Personally I don't have that kind of money. This does a good job at making my electric sound like a electric/acoustic, which is fine with me. There is enough room for dialing on your sound with the top and bootom controls on this pedal to find a happy medium. I've heard some guys say it doesn't do any good through a 1X12 cabinet? Maybe so. I run mine through a Fender Blues Deville with 4x10's. Also I don't have any problems using it with my Les Paul as someone I believe mentioned on here or Harmony Central. For now until technology catches up with us, this pedal suits me just fine. Do you're homeworkk guys. When looking for a product read these reviews on here or Harmony Central. This info is a valuable tool for us musicians. Besides if you don't like it Musician's Friend has a return policy. Good LuckMike/Ohio

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    Kind of Acoustic

    I bought this pedal to run with a Telecaster through a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe amp. At best it sounds SORT OF acoustic. No one will think you're playing a Martin with this...Read complete review

    I bought this pedal to run with a Telecaster through a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe amp. At best it sounds SORT OF acoustic. No one will think you're playing a Martin with this pedal. The only reason I gave it 2.5 for features is because it will allow you to split the signal and send the pedal effect to a different amp than with it bypassed. Luckily I have a Fender Acoustasonic amp that I run the effect side through and it sounds better but not still what I expected or need. I get MUCH better acoustic sound from my Tele by running it through a Fishman Aura Dreadnought pedal. The construction is typical BOSS pedal, it's tough. In reality, if you are looking for a pedal that will get you by for one or two acousic songs in a set it might be OK, but It's not the magic pedal that will turn your electric guitar into an acoustic. Not even close.

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    5.0

    A must have for small setup

    By monkeyface

    from Laguna Hills, CA

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    This pedal is really good for live gigs. It sounds like an acoustic/electric dreadnought run direct. I use this for gigs that I don't want to bring both an acoustic and electric.

     
    3.0

    Pretty Good --- But not great

    By Dosvadonia

    from Arundel, ME

    This pedal offers a great way to "fake" an acoustic live, but there are some drawbacks. The biggest drawback is the loud hissing that comes from the pedal. Whenever it is activated the hissing almost becomes unbearable. BUT in a live setting, people probably won't be able to tell the hissing, as their ears must already be ringing.Besides that, it is a BOSS, and it's a lot of fun to fool around with.

     
    5.0

    Good acoustic sound

    By Bruxo Mantrepaz

    from nevada, ia

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    This pedal works very well. I prefer the jumbo acoustic setting. I use it with an Epiphone DOT 335, usually switched through the neck position, and then run through a Fender Frontman 65. I'm very satisfied with the sound quality. Big, full, and articulate. I don't have any ambient noise problem with this set up. I've recorded it straight into the sound board with good results.I usually play Strats, but I don't feel they work well with this effect. The attack is noticibly more harsh, and there's more of an exagerated nasal quality. In summary, I recommend this effect, but plan on using it with humbuckers rather than single coil pickups to get truly satisfying results.I know...I'm still using multiple guitars, but I find it's still less hassle. You can also set it in front of chorus, trem, flanger, or delay, with some very pleasing results, as well as gaining a big full accoustic sound with and throw in some real nice sustain as well.

     
    4.0

    Nice soft sound...

    By The Band Man

    from Monroe, MI

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    I got this pedal about eight months ago. When I first tried it out it didn't seem like a great acoustic pedal.I was wrong.After playing with it for a while I found some great settings that deliver a nice, soft sound. I wouldn't exactly call it an acoustic simulator, though it comes pretty close to being one. If you're looking for soft acoustic-like tones, (minus the acoustic guitar) this is a good one for you. But there is one problem. With most amps this pedal gives off a terrible hissing sound when you turn it on. But, no fear, because BOSS has a pedal out that is called the NS-2 Noise Suppresor, and will immediately take away the hissing.

     
    5.0

    Perfect for church worship acoustic

    By Victor-xZf5t

    from Denver, Colorado

    I have been playing 2 years with my abiline guitar, and if you know anything about abiline you know it's not made of high quality wood. I was going to purchase another guitar to use for church service because I cannot stand the sound output coming from pre-amp, which is built into the guitar. Instead of this, I tried an alternate method to make the sound more richer, warmer, and resonate just like other high quality acoustic guitar. I started first with BOSS AC-2 acoustic simulator, and I was satisfied with the sound of what my acoustic abiline produces. That's it, that's the end of my research, what else could I want when my goals are met? If you have a low quality acoust-electric guitar, purchase this product today, you will never have to throw unnecessary budget to make your acoustic sound like an expensive instrument after making this purchase.

     
    5.0

    amazing tone...............

    By thedude6001

    from Baltimore MD

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    amazing tone. the best thing about it is the jumbo effect. people may tell you the thing hiss at you when you turn it on, but that is because of a compressor throws it, and causes the hissing noise. + use a keyboard amp with it because the electric guitar amp is voice to sound electric, and the keyboard amp is voiced for any thing thrown at it.

     
    5.0

    People Just Don't Know

    By Thejoe2k7

    from Tennessee

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    I was reading a few reviews on this pedal and those that say this pedal isn't worth the price or they couldn't get a real acoustic sound out of it, either don't know what they're doing or got a bad pedal... I've owned two of these pedals and when this one gives out, I'm getting another one. Mind you that it doesn't give you the sound of a $2,000 or more Martin or Gibson, but gives you a very good acoustic sound if played with the right guitar and amp... I get the best sound out of my Epi 335 and a Marshall stack... If you're a gigging musician then it's a Very nice pedal if you just have maybe two or three acoustic songs and just don't want to worry about switching guitars during the set or spending the extra cash for an acoustic to switch to... The only complaint that I have is that it should have a few more features.

     
    5.0

    A Church Band Leader's Perspective

    By Jason-IQbIO

    from Valparaiso, IN

    I was not planning on buying this pedal. I was messing around at a local shop on my lunch break one day and ended up trying it out just for fun. I had extremely low expectations because obviously no pedal can make your electric guitar sound exactly like an acoustic guitar. Wow, was I surprised and impressed! I decided I had to buy it. To be fair, it definitely does not make your electric sound exactly like an acoustic, but it is close enough for me. I suggest you try it out before you buy it and see if you think it sounds close enough to meet your needs. I run my church's praise band so I have to transport all my big heavy guitar gear to church once or twice a week. Now I can just take the electric guitar and leave the acoustic guitar at home. Having to carry one less thing makes my life easier. For my purposes and convenience, I think this pedal is awesome!

     
    5.0

    Not bad

    By Mike K.

    from Dayton Ohio

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    Ok? I've heard good and bad about this pedal. I bought it for two reasons. One, I play in a three piece band and I thought this would be a nice pedal to have for opening tunes with an Acoustic sound then switching to electric. Two, this saves me from draggin out two or three guitars for a gig. Now onto the bad reviews. Lets face it guys, this will not make your electric guitar sound like a true acoustic. the only way to get that sound is to have a Taylor and run it through a 31 band EQ and then run it direct into a PA Mixer. Personally I don't have that kind of money. This does a good job at making my electric sound like a electric/acoustic, which is fine with me. There is enough room for dialing on your sound with the top and bootom controls on this pedal to find a happy medium. I've heard some guys say it doesn't do any good through a 1X12 cabinet? Maybe so. I run mine through a Fender Blues Deville with 4x10's. Also I don't have any problems using it with my Les Paul as someone I believe mentioned on here or Harmony Central. For now until technology catches up with us, this pedal suits me just fine. Do you're homeworkk guys. When looking for a product read these reviews on here or Harmony Central. This info is a valuable tool for us musicians. Besides if you don't like it Musician's Friend has a return policy. Good LuckMike/Ohio

     
    5.0

    Awesome pedal

    By guitarman-N61.F

    from San Fran. area

    I have had this pedal for about 4 months. While it doesn't sound 100% like a accoustic (hollowbody), you can get an Ovation or a Takamine steel string sound. It also depnds on your amp and pickups you have. I have DiMarzio Tone Zone in the bridge. I can get a very smooth sound. If I ever lost this pedal or for some reason it stopped working, I would buy another one in a heart beat.

     
    1.0

    WARNING!!!

    By K-8

    from Las Vegas

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    this pedal doesn't even come close to making your electric sound like an acoustic guitar. when you start using this pedal, it sounds like you've just turned the bass on your amp all the way up and there is nothing you can do about it except turn the bass down on your amp, which isn't gonna happen.

     
    5.0

    Once you get used to it...

    By thepictureshow

    from florida

    When I first got this pedal, I thought it was defective because of the hiss. Once you get used to it and realize it isn't as predominant once you begin strumming, the pedal is really effective. I like it because of its unique sound.

     
    4.0

    It's good enough

    By thebouncingsoul

    from Grand Rapids, MI

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    This pedal sounds a little cheesy, and certainly won't fool anyone- it just doesn't sound perfectly like an acoustic. However, there is no other good pedal that does what this does, to my knowledge, and sometimes you just need it. I play in a band with some guys, and I don't have an acoustic amp or the ability to mic an acoustic during a live set. So, this is an excellent option. A good idea by Boss. I never use this to go for an "acoustic" song, it would sound a little silly I think, when heard naked... instead I try to use it to add an acoustic element to a full-band song. If you're playing with a full band arrangement the pedal will work perfectly well.

     
    5.0

    Very Cool

    By Alfredrole50

    from Miami Fl.

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    What is Everyone talking about? what hissing noise? I Run my Ac2 with My Ibanez Rg on the Middle single coil pickup. It sounds Almost identical to any Acoustic from the price range of $200 to $500 pluged in. I use it for Church gigs and other gigs and it works Awesome. It only hisses if you have your tv or cell phone too close to your equipment, then again all pedals, Amps, and Guitars hiss when theres too many electronics around. THe pedal rules and thats that!

     
    5.0

    great acoustic sound without the guitar

    By Guitarkid--eyrK

    from Silver spring MD.

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    This pedal is great. I have read reviews about hissing noises which this pedal does have but the thing is it only has it while your not strumming on the guitar on just not doing anything with the guitar while the pedal is on. This is great for all guitars and great with marshall amps. Not that you have to get one. AV adapters are much better than batteries. Get one. A few turns of the knobs and you'll have a great acoustic guitar sound without the acoustic guitar

     
    4.0

    this is the best

    By prsdude

    from Bayamon, PR

    I think you should try it, this pedal its incredible, I have used it with a stupid fender stratocaster and man I was impressed with how that pedal cleans that crappy guitar. I am going to buy it, so you should buy it to.

     
    5.0

    It does what it claims!

    By Mark Neal

    from North Alabama

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    I have been and active musician and teacher for the last 25 years and for a quick fix this does a great job. If you like the demo sound then you will like the pedal.the "acoustic tones" sound better through the P.A. or another amp set up for acoustic. I got this for my church gig and am very pleased. Like all equipment you must research before you buy and then play with it..it really works great sound like my student Petrucci with the peizo...REALLy email me if you like!!!

     
    1.0

    Not Impressed

    By DJaxz

    from Sandusky, OH

    Like many of you, I thought this pedal would provide a quick change from electric to acoustic for the few songs I need it. The fact is, it was a waste of money. When this thing is on, it buzzes and hisses to the point that you can't have it on, especially on stage. Also, it does not really provide a noticably acoustic sound. Running clean sounds about the same. I do not recommend this pedal for your rig.

     
    5.0

    good pedal

    By Kenb

    from Ontario

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    I know everyone so far has given this pedal a rating of less than 10 but if you play electric and want to get a real acoustic feel for not a lot of money, it's a great pedal. Sounds real, I like it.

     
    5.0

    Acoustic-Electric Simulator

    By Mattweiser

    from Winston-Salem, NC

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    This effect is pretty good. I know there are a bunch of people that don't like it, and one of my buddies who has a pretty respectable set up said it was crap! I personally like it. The thing is I think people expect it to sound like an acoustic guitar when you play through this. In reality it will make it sound like an Acoustic Electric. What I mean is I've run both my Acoustic and my electric with the AC-2 through the same amp and they sound very similar. So it does make the Electric sound like you're running and acoustic through an amp, if that makes any sense. Like with all pedals adjust it to your personal preferences and work with it some before you write it off.

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