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Boss AD-3 Acoustic Guitar Multi Effects Pedal  

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An acoustic guitarist's best buddy!

Developed exclusively for live performance, the Boss AD-3 Acoustic effects pedal gives guitarists a warmer, richer sound thanks to its tone-shaping controls specially tailored for acoustic-electric guitars. Boss includes high-quality reverb and chorus as well as a built-in feedback eliminator with this versatile stompbox. Quite simply, the compact Boss AD-3 Pedal is an acoustic musician's best buddy.


 

AD-3 Acoustic Guitar Multi Effects Pedal Specifications:

  • 5-year warranty.
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BossAD-3 Acoustic Guitar Multi Effects Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoor events / games (3)
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      • Experienced (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    The AD-3 will make your guitar sound better

    Pros:They say the AD-3 was exclusively developed for live performances, and they got it right, mostly. It is built like a tank, easy connections, clean enough sound, excellent Studio-Quality...Read complete review

    Pros:They say the AD-3 was exclusively developed for live performances, and they got it right, mostly. It is built like a tank, easy connections, clean enough sound, excellent Studio-Quality Reverb, with an outstanding Chorus. When things work, they get used! I play a $3-k Taylor, but also host an Open Mic and this box has made every musicians guitar sound great no matter what they paid for it. I have gigged with the AD-3 religiously for the past three years and it does what it was designed to do. The acoustic guitar has that full bodied tone with just the right amount of ?Wet? when using the Reverb. BOSS is well known for their Chorus effects and this one fattens things up nicely and works equally well in mono or stereo mode. The Bottom and Top tone-shaping controls do an adequate job and a little either way usually does the trick. If you already have a pre-amp in your guitar with an UTS pickup, it will mask that ?Quack? sound that Piezo?s are notorious for. The ?Anti-Feedback Auto? button works well when you are in the middle of a song and your guitar begins to ?Howl?. Simply step on the Anti-Feedback Auto button and the ?Auto? eliminates whatever frequency is causing it. I use the ?Special Guitar Amp? output for impedance and tonal balance when connecting through a PA system. Cons:Few things are perfect and the AD-3 is no exception. Come on Boss, you made this for live performances and didn?t include XLR connections? And if you trade-up to the AD-8, there?s no Chorus Effect? And about the power supply, you must spend another $40 bucks if you plan to use it live since this thing eats batteries for breakfast. Although the Bottom and Top tone-shaping controls work well enough, it tends to produce a booming bass and care must be taken to get the right amount or ?Punch? in the mix. Ideally, a hybrid of BOSS?s AD-3 and AD-8 would be the ideal pedal for the gigging acoustic musician. The AD-3 lacks XLR inputs, Body/String Modeling, tuner, Presets and EQ, and the AD-8 lacks the Chorus effect. Although I use a Chorus effect rarely, it is essential on certain song choices when you don?t feel like packing a 12-string along with your other gear. Bottom Line:The AD-3 will make your guitar sound better no matter how much you paid for your instrument. It works well during ?live? applications as a set-it-and-forget-it processor.

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    Not partuculalry useful

    I found this to be so overkill for smaller acoutic guitar applications that it was useless. It was difficult to tame. I had to go throu a lot just to get anything useful out...Read complete review

    I found this to be so overkill for smaller acoutic guitar applications that it was useless. It was difficult to tame. I had to go throu a lot just to get anything useful out of it. Perhaaps it's just made for a bigger amp and playing environmnent but if you're looking for a true acoustic effects box that puts the emphsis on the acoustic, this is not it. It seemed more like an ellectric guitarist's snarling dog box. I reccomend the Behringer amp with the built-in fx that let you twark your acoustic just right easily. Zoom A-3 was way over top too and hard to use.

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    5.0

    Nice Pedal

    By MSC

    from Eastern USA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Boss AD-3 Acoustic Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

        I've had this unit for several years now. Like so many on here have said, it does not come with multi effects. However, this pedal will fine tune your sound to just exactly your desires given the time & effort are put in. It is durable, well built & sounds very nice. I've used it with a variety of steel string guitars from Washburn, Yamaha, Martin, Fender Stratacoustic, Ovation, & currently using it with a Recording King. For whatever reason I must say my current set up with the Recording King seems to be my favorite. I've also used it with a nylon string guitar (Hohner electric classical) & it did very well. I've used it through various amplifiers Fender, Marshall, etc. & also directly into the PA system at gigs. It performed flawlessly under each circumstance. I use it on every acoustic gig I do, though I have found myself without it a time or two. Did I miss it? You bet I did; it is like icing on a cake; just that little extra edge that makes all the difference in the world when used properly.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good pedal for control on stage

        By SwordWord

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Sturdy

        Cons

        • Limited Selection Of Effects

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Boss AD-3 Acoustic Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

        This box is what it is: a pre-amp with some nice ability to round out the sound of your guitar, add mixes of reverb and chorus to suit your taste, and allow you to add or reduce 'bottoms' and 'tops' off the sound frequencies.

        I use the AD-3 with a Carvin AC275 thinline acoustic, which is essentially an acoustic guitar on an electric body. The Carvin never played well through the PA -- always thin sounding and lacking volume to compete with full band sounds. But the AD-3 opened up that world (thanks to its pre-amp), has made the Carvin sound really sweet, and that combo is now my performance 'weapon of choice'. Players and others have complemented the sound.

        Calling it a 'multi-effects' pedal kind of overstates the case. It really only gives you reverb and chorus to mix together. No other "effects". No simulations. But it does a great job for what it is.

        I also like that you can use six AA batteries for situations where power may be an issue or require an awkward set up (i.e. sitting in for a few tunes and/or not wanting to mess with a tedious set up, or run long extensions to get your power). I've used the pedal already in 3 gigs of 4 hours each with just the batteries and it is still going strong. I checked the batteries on a meter and I could probably even get one more out of it. It's very efficient. Manual says it should give you 17 hours on batteries. I believe it. Powerwise, it also takes well to my 1Spot 9V DC adapter.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Not partuculalry useful

        By Jimmy Mack

        from Virginia Beach

        About Me Experienced

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Limited Selection Of Effects
          • Overkill
          • Too Powerul For Acoustic

          Best Uses

          • Events

          Comments about Boss AD-3 Acoustic Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

          I found this to be so overkill for smaller acoutic guitar applications that it was useless. It was difficult to tame. I had to go throu a lot just to get anything useful out of it. Perhaaps it's just made for a bigger amp and playing environmnent but if you're looking for a true acoustic effects box that puts the emphsis on the acoustic, this is not it. It seemed more like an ellectric guitarist's snarling dog box. I reccomend the Behringer amp with the built-in fx that let you twark your acoustic just right easily. Zoom A-3 was way over top too and hard to use.

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Choice

          By brushycreek

          from Brushy Creek, TX

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Boss AD-3 Acoustic Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

            This is a great pedal. I did a lot of research before I decided to purchase this pedal. I have a Martin DCX1RE and I love the sound of it so I did not need any modeling. I just needed some reverb and some good chorus on demand and that is exactly what I got. Boss's world renowned chorus plus one tap anti-feedback which is great when playing through an amp. I use this every week through our church's sound system and it sounds fantastic!

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Impressed for years

            By Woodroce

            from NY State

            Comments about Boss AD-3 Acoustic Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

            This is one awesome pedal.

            I run my Martin D-35 through this pedal in stereo and via a stereo mixing board then out Mackie speakers. I love this pedal! It's all I use besides a volume pedal.

            People are always complimenting me on my sound. I have a Fishman Rare Earth blender pick up in my Martin, which is the best acoustic pick up you can buy in my mind, but through this Boss AD-3, my sound is incredible.

            This pedal is indestructable. It's been gigging with me for over ten years and have NEVER had the slightest problem.

            If you are thinkng of getting this, just do it. You won't be sorry!

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            Comment on this review

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Wonderful Toy

            By Feedback 320

            from Colorado

            Comments about Boss AD-3 Acoustic Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

            I was having serious feedback and hearing problems when I was playing live (tried the hole plug didn' work) so a friend of mine let me borrow his as a possible solution. I used it for the first time last week and now I want one.This thing is awesome. Not only does it eliminate any feedback and control issues, but now I have no problem hearing myself on stage.Only thing it needs though is a tuner.

            Comment on this review

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A world of difference

            By petemullikin

            from Cheyenne, WY

            Comments about Boss AD-3 Acoustic Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

            I had my Taylor stolen and have been playing my Yamaha FG-460S I bought in 1988. The guitar is quality, but the piezo pu stinks. I purchased the AD3. I play live every week. The AD3 took the guitar from distracting to inspirational. If you need to improve the sound of your guitar live this is a great say to do it. It illiminated that annoying "quack". I wish it had mid range control, but it sounds great just the same.

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            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The AD-3 will make your guitar sound better

            By Keith Godwin

            from St Augustine, FL

            Comments about Boss AD-3 Acoustic Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

            Pros:They say the AD-3 was exclusively developed for live performances, and they got it right, mostly. It is built like a tank, easy connections, clean enough sound, excellent Studio-Quality Reverb, with an outstanding Chorus. When things work, they get used! I play a $3-k Taylor, but also host an Open Mic and this box has made every musicians guitar sound great no matter what they paid for it. I have gigged with the AD-3 religiously for the past three years and it does what it was designed to do. The acoustic guitar has that full bodied tone with just the right amount of ?Wet? when using the Reverb. BOSS is well known for their Chorus effects and this one fattens things up nicely and works equally well in mono or stereo mode. The Bottom and Top tone-shaping controls do an adequate job and a little either way usually does the trick. If you already have a pre-amp in your guitar with an UTS pickup, it will mask that ?Quack? sound that Piezo?s are notorious for. The ?Anti-Feedback Auto? button works well when you are in the middle of a song and your guitar begins to ?Howl?. Simply step on the Anti-Feedback Auto button and the ?Auto? eliminates whatever frequency is causing it. I use the ?Special Guitar Amp? output for impedance and tonal balance when connecting through a PA system. Cons:Few things are perfect and the AD-3 is no exception. Come on Boss, you made this for live performances and didn?t include XLR connections? And if you trade-up to the AD-8, there?s no Chorus Effect? And about the power supply, you must spend another $40 bucks if you plan to use it live since this thing eats batteries for breakfast. Although the Bottom and Top tone-shaping controls work well enough, it tends to produce a booming bass and care must be taken to get the right amount or ?Punch? in the mix. Ideally, a hybrid of BOSS?s AD-3 and AD-8 would be the ideal pedal for the gigging acoustic musician. The AD-3 lacks XLR inputs, Body/String Modeling, tuner, Presets and EQ, and the AD-8 lacks the Chorus effect. Although I use a Chorus effect rarely, it is essential on certain song choices when you don?t feel like packing a 12-string along with your other gear. Bottom Line:The AD-3 will make your guitar sound better no matter how much you paid for your instrument. It works well during ?live? applications as a set-it-and-forget-it processor.

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Versatile and Sounds Great!

            By Jude

            from Overland Park, KS

            Comments about Boss AD-3 Acoustic Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

            I've owned mine for over a year now. Never had any problems. I play a Martin with a sound hole pickup through it. I also play my Godin A6 (semi-hollow) through it for a different sound. Even my piezo pickup on a Parker Fly sounds booming and sweet when running through this processor. I recommend buying it, playing through it and seeing for yourself! My best friend played his brand new Taylor through it, and it sounded so sweet - even going through a standard stereo system. That's another great thing about this pedal. It has a switch for playing through PA (line) or through an amp. You can do Mono or Stereo. And it has a knob for gain adjustment. Plenty of ways to tweak your sound to make it "just right!" Good luck!

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            (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            missing power supply

            By The Heater

            from Pawleys Island SC

            Comments about Boss AD-3 Acoustic Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

            This product is not worth the money. A simple chorus would do the same thing for less money. It does make your acoustic/electric sound a little bit better, but little bit is not good enough.

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