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Restores the sound of your acoustic guitar.

The Zoom A3 Pre Amp Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal has presets for 16 body types and 28 models to restore the original sonic characteristics of acoustic guitars that pickups cannot capture. By selecting the body and model type that match your acoustic guitar, you can share its beautiful, rich tone with audiences when playing live.

* The acoustic remodeling function restores original guitar tone that is not captured by pickups. This is not a simulator that creates a variety of guitar sounds from a single guitar. In order to get the right tone, select the body type and model type that match the guitar you are using. (We recommend the use of M1 Active pickups made by L.R. Baggs.)
* If you cannot find body and model types that match the guitar you are using, use ones that are as close as possible. Be aware that combinations of body and model types that do not exist in reality will not produce suitable tones.
* The actual guitars that were used in the development of the acoustic remodeling function are shown in the photograph above.

16 Body types
The A3 allows you to choose from 16 guitar body types to re-create the signatures sounds of differing body shapes. From the Dreadnought body setting, which generates a large tone full of rich low frequencies, to the Orchestra body setting, featuring an outstanding response and tonal balance, the A3 has the ability to remodel the sonic qualities of a wide range of unique body types.

28 Models
The A3 also has the ability to recreate the distinct sound components of 28 of the world's most famous acoustic guitars. The A3 even accounts for the subtlest of differences between these models. The pedal accurately recreates the tone differences between guitars with the same body shape, but different bracing or wood from which they are made (spruce, mahogany, rosewood, etc.).

High quality acoustic preamp for both pickups and mics
The A3's pre-amp, specifically designed for acoustic guitars, can be used with piezoelectric, magnetic and passive pickups. In addition, the pedal's XLR-1/4-inch combination Mic input, which can provide phantom power, allows you to connect a microphone and mix its signal with that of your pickup via dedicated knobs to dial-in your sound. The A3's pre-amp section also features a 3-band EQ for adjusting your guitar tone according to your performance environment, a BALANCE knob to set the ratio of the original sound (DRY) and the sound after adding effects (WET), as well as a super-low noise design.

40 Effects for acoustic guitar
With a focus on spatial effects, including chorus, delay and reverb, the A3 offers over 40 acoustic guitar effects that can enhance the sound of your instrument. Other effects include compressors that suppress input peaks and even out sound levels, air effects that simulate the feeling of space from room tone, detuning effects that create the sound of a 12-string guitars and much more. You can use up to two effects simultaneously and order them as you like.

Anti-feedback function
If you experience feedback from your acoustic guitar during a performance, just engage the A3's ANTI FEEDBACK footswitch. While keeping changes to your tone to a minimum, the ANTI FEEDBACK function will quickly and effectively detect the frequency that is causing the feedback and apply a steep filter to that frequency band. Later, if feedback occurs due to another frequency, just hit the footswitch again, as the ANTI FEEDBACK function can handle up to three problematic frequency ranges at once.

Boost your sound up to 12dB
The A3's boost function can be used to reduce volume differences between fingerpicking, chord strokes and other playing techniques, as well as to increase amplification during solos. The pedal can provide a clean boost of up to 12dB. You can also use the TONE parameter to adjust the sound of the level increase when the boost is active.

All-in-one acoustic pedal that fits in your guitar case
A variety of amazing features for acoustic guitar have been combined in the design of the A3. In addition to its high quality pre-amp and effects for acoustic guitar, the A3 features unrivaled acoustic remodeling, DI box, feedback suppression, a booster, an auto-chromatic tuner and much more. Next time you take the stage, all you'll need is your guitar and your Zoom A3.

Tweak your settings with ease
The A3's front panel features three parameter knobs that also function as buttons. These buttons can be used to open various menus where you can then use the parameter knobs to tweak effect settings to your liking. Adjust the mix position of mic signal, turn the AUTOSAVE function ON and OFF, recall patches and more with ease and efficiency.

Realistic, high-quality audio design
The cutting-edge ZFX-IV DSP processor can execute sophisticated algorithms using 32-bit floating-point calculations. This processor renders super-real acoustic remodeling that restores different original tonal characteristics of a guitar according to its size, body shape and materials.

Onboard auto-chromatic guitar tuner
Hold the footswitch down to activate the built-in chromatic tuner in an instant. Even on stage during a performance, all you need to do is move your foot to enable tuning. You can choose between a BYPASS mode that turns all the effects off and a MUTE mode that allows you to tune silently.

Tap the tempo using the footswitch
Use the Tap Tempo feature to set the tempo in real-time to the rhythm of a song as you play guitar. You can also use it to for delay times and modulation effect frequencies.
* The tuner cannot be used when the tap tempo function is active.

Program the order of your patches
With the A3, you can program which patches are recalled and the order in which they appear. For example, you could select three patches-(A) ARPEGGIO, (B) RHYTHM and (C) SOLO-so that you can cycle through them each time you press the footswitch. You can create and save up to 10 original tones in this way.
* You can program the recall order of up to 20 patches (A-T).

Balanced XLR output for DI use
With the A3's balanced XLR output, you can avoid using DI boxes completely and directly connect the pedal to any mixing console to maintain a balanced, high quality signal. The GROUND switch can also be used to eliminate hum caused by ground loops.

Dedicated jack for pickup input
Piezoelectric pickups tend to capture high frequencies well, but are deficient at the low end and result in producing a thin sound. On the other hand, magnetic pickups are very effective at capturing low frequencies and produce more of an electric sound. The A3 has a pickup input compensation function that cancels the effect of frequency ranges that are lost or emphasized by the pickup. This feature processes the signal optimally according to the characteristics of each type of pickup.
* You can use the FLAT setting to bypass pickup input compensation.

Stereo output and headphones jacks
The stereo output jacks allow you to take advantage of chorus, reverb and other stereo spatial effects for your acoustic guitar, as well as use line connections for the direct recording of its powerful guitar sounds. In addition, the ability to directly connect headphones to your A3 lets you easily listen to your sound no matter where you are.

Super-low noise design
The A3's noise floor of -100 dBm and signal-to-noise ratio of 120 dB virtually eliminate background noise and the ZNR noise reduction removes feedback and other unwanted sounds, providing you with clear tones, along with natural release decay and reverb tails.

Up to eight hours of operation on batteries
Using four AA alkaline batteries, you can operate the A3 for up to eight hours continuously. From rehearsal to the main stage, you can use the A3 with confidence. Power the pedal via AC adapter (sold separately) or USB bus if you want to use it longer without worrying about battery life.
* When +48V phantom power is being used, the unit can operate continuously for about 5 hours.

Stay up-to-date via USB
When connected to your computer and Zoom's website via USB, you can perform system firmware updates to keep the functions of your A3 on the cutting-edge.

FEATURES
  • 16 Body types
  • 28 Models
  • High quality acoustic preamp for both pickups and mics
  • 40 Effects for acoustic guitar
  • Anti-feedback function
  • Boost your sound up to 12dB
  • All-in-one acoustic pedal that fits in your guitar case
  • Tweak your settings with ease
  • Realistic, high-quality audio design
  • Onboard auto-chromatic guitar tuner
  • Tap the tempo using the footswitch
  • Program the order of your patches
  • Balanced XLR output for DI use
  • Dedicated jack for pickup input
  • Stereo output and headphones jacks
  • Super-low noise design
  • Up to eight hours of operation on batteries

Make your acoustic guitar sound better than ever. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

A3 Pre Amp Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal

  • Effect Types: 40
    Model Types: 28
    Simultaneous Effects: 2 effects + 1 model
    Patch Memory: 20
    Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz
    A/D Conversion: 24bit, 128times over-sampling
    D/A Conversion: 24bit, 128times over-sampling
    Signal Processsing: 32bit floating point and 32bit fixed point
    Frequency Response: 40Hz to 20kHz (+1dB / -3dB) (10kÎ load)
    Display: LCD
    Inputs PICKUP IN: 1/4'' phone jack
    Rated input level: -20dBm
    Input impedance: 1MÎ
    MIC IN XLR-1/4'' phone jack
    Rated input level: -20dBm
    Input impedance: 1kÎ
    Outputs: R 1/4'' phone jack
    Maximum output level: +5dBm (Output load impedance 10kΠor higher)
    L/MONO/PHONES: 1/4'' stereo phone jack (LINE / PHONES)
    Maximum output level: [LINE] +5dBm (Output load impedance: 10kÎ or higher), [PHONES] 5.7mW + 5.7mW into 32Î load
    BALANCED OUT: XLR jack
    Output impedance: 100Î(HOT-GND, COLD-GND), 200Î(HOT-COLD)
    GND LIFT: (Switch selectable)
    S/N: 120dB
    Noise Floor: ˆ’100dBm
    Power AC adapter: DC9V / Center negative / 500mA (ZOOM AD-16)
    Batteries: AA/LR6 battery x 4
    Battery Life: 8 hours (with alkaline batteries)
    Dimensions: 160.3 (D) x 108 (W) x 54.9 (H) mm
    USB: Firmware Update
    Weight: 630g (without batteries)
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ZoomA3 Pre Amp Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal
 
3.4

(based on 14 reviews)

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54%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (10)
  • Excellent sound quality (9)
  • Good selection of effects (6)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Responsive (4)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (6)
  • Limited selection of effects (3)
  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (10)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (8), Experienced (5)

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Worth the trouble of figuring out!!!

I've been using a Zoom MS-50G for a few months and know the basics of the UI for the A3. Even so it took a little work to figure the A3 out. The...Read complete review

I've been using a Zoom MS-50G for a few months and know the basics of the UI for the A3. Even so it took a little work to figure the A3 out. The manual is written in a way that is really confusing if you don't have the A3 powered up and in your hands at the same time.

The A3 gives you two effect slots and one guitar model per patch memory. You control the guitar model target in the patch and you control the description of the source instrument through a knob and switch. Compared to a Fishman Aura, it sounds best at 100% processed mix, which would sound horribly chorus-ie for the Aura. It does a really nice job making my solid body Traveler MkII (LRBaggs Active Element) sound good (it normally sounds mediocre -- but for travel you make some compromises) and it takes my RainSong S-OM1000N2 up a notch to (near?) perfection. For the solid body Traveler I went with a D-28 target, and a Yamaha Silent Guitar plus Piezo source. For the RainSong I used the Taylor 314c target and the single cutaway plus Piezo source. A touch of tiled room reverb and the Neumann U87 microphone model (set pointed at the sound hole) nicely fatten up the amplified tone. Now at this point (target guitar model + reverb + microphone model) I've completely consumed all three simultaneous effects, which means no added chorus, delays, etc. without dropping the mic model or the reverb. I am looking for a nice clean signal and don't see that as a limitation for me.

I did turn off the auto save feature to make sure I did not trash my saved patches by mistake. There are knobs for equalization and I found a little treble roll-off was good for both of my guitars.

The Traveler through the Zoom A3 gives my Telecaster Acoustasonic (Fishman Aura Image Casting equipped "solid body acoustic") a decent run for the money. I think you could choose to like either the best, though I prefer the Tele Acoustasonic.

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Concept good, execution poor

I purchased this because I thought it was an upgrade from the A2. I was wrong. The A2 has more versatility and usefulness. For comparison: the A2 offered an option for either...Read complete review

I purchased this because I thought it was an upgrade from the A2. I was wrong. The A2 has more versatility and usefulness. For comparison: the A2 offered an option for either 3-band parametric EQ, or 6-band EQ, this only offers 3-band EQ. While this offers XLR out [for DI] and two 1/4" TS outs for stereo signals instead of the single 1/4" TRS out for stereo signals in the A2, that is the only edge this features. The A2 had separate functions for compression, modulation FX [chorus, flanging, phase shift, tremolo], delays/reverbs/ and noise reduction, which allowed the user to mix compression, noise reduction, mod FX, and reverb/delay all at once, the A3 only allows use of two FX simultaneously, and if one uses noise reduction and compression, one has used both FX and cannot add any type of mod FX or delay/reverb, which makes the A3 less versatile at a cost which is double that of the A2. Zoom needs to take this back to the drawing board and reconfigure it to give users what they want instead of what Zoom dictates they should have. They should ditch the ersatz guitar sims because they don't sound realistic and waste memory on the IC. If they decide to keep the sims, then they should be just another swappable effect, instead of tieing up one whole memory bank.

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3.0

Good sound, useless as a DI, needs a software update

By JKFraser

from Michigan

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

  • High pitched whine in DI out
  • Needs software update
  • noise gate shouldn't be an effect

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Zoom A3 Pre Amp Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal:

I really like the design and functionality of this pedal for use with an acoustic guitar, but it seems like Zoom has abandoned it. The A3's models are great and understated, though there is a bit of redundancy in the way the pedal is designed. you select the body type of your instrument, then you select an emulation, which takes up a slot in your patch. it would be better if the emulation was selectable via the options menu, and you could assign them to each body size, that way the 3 effects would still be open. I have the same issue with the noise gate. PUT IT IN THE OPTIONS MENU. Finally, I also have a zoom g1xon, which was updated a year after it came out with 21 new effects, several of which would be wonderful on acoustic guitar. the exciter would be great, the spring reverb and the particle reverb would be fun as well. Also, it would be wonderful to be able to assign the useless anti-feedback filter button to a tap tempo or bypass...

The largest issue with this pedal is the DI. Mine has a high pitched whine no matter what instrument, power source, or location i use. I've tried different cables, different guitars, different locations, batteries, wall warts, and even sent it back to zoom. Yet it always has the whine. It isn't super noticable, but i bought this pedal to skip bringing a DI everywhere I go. when you go through the 1/4 jack out there is no whine at all, so that's what I've been doing for 2 years. To be honest, if I had known this, I would have bought a different pedal for less, and bought a DI as well... I keep hoping for an update or a hack of the software to make this a better pedal, because for what it does, it is great.

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4.0

This is gonna work out just fine!

By Alex Bevan

from Cleveland, Ohio

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Zoom A3 Pre Amp Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal:

    A steep learning curve at the beginning... then pretty good programming flow.... well thought out for performers.

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    2.0

    No , I wound't buy it until Zoom Co. addresses the noise

    By acousticjazz

    from Chicago

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Events

    Comments about Zoom A3 Pre Amp Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Unfortunately I was disappointed to have to return this unit due to its output high pitched noise . Unable to to get rid of that noise in any way I tried. However, It is important to note that the noise can be interrupted when the user operates the switches and pots / selectors on top of the unit. The noise is very likely to be generated inside the circuitboard where the pots are 'soldered' on. The noise can also go away if the treble/mid/bass knobs are slightly tilted sideways but surely I won't hire a 2nd person to hold those knobs tilted while I'm playing :) Will try to contact Zoom directly to inform them and hopefully they can 'catch up ' to this issue and fix it quickly.

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    4.0

    Know why you want it

    By Fred

    from Muskoka, Canada

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Zoom A3 Pre Amp Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I purchased the Zoom A3 to be used with a Martin HD-28 and a Fishman Loudbox Artist. My desire was to thicken up my sound as I'm the only guitarist in my band. I went looking for a delay/reverb/compression and came home with this on the advice of the store attendant. It was not what I was looking for. BUT it did thicken up my sound. The piezo pickups do a good job of capturing the sound in the Martin, but the A3 really enhances and gives tonal control of what actually goes out to the amp. In addition the onboard effects, while difficult to set up, and nearly impossible to smoothly change during a gig, they offer a great enhancement of sound when used with discretion. Essentially, I use this pedal to sculpt my sound - and then I just leave it on. It's not the same as a multi effect and while they may market it that way, I don't think that should be the intention of the buyer. I have a couple of presets that I cycle through, and then have a Bypass set up. Overall, the A3 is not smooth or easy to use, but the sound is great.

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    4.0

    A set and forget kind of pedal!

    By Archie Carry On

    from Tempe, AZ

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Durable
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Large Learning Curve

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Zoom A3 Pre Amp Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This pedal has been a one of my most useful pieces of equipment while touring. It fulfilled exactly what I was looking for:

    A DI replacement
    More robust EQ
    Effects to enhance my guitar
    Feedback control
    Mute and Tuner function

    The problem I think people have with this unit is they are expecting something that this isn't designed for which is active use while performing. This unit helps me mold the guitar sound into what I want and need out of my guitars. After getting the sound I want, I wont touch it unless I need to tune or use the feedback control in case something comes up.

    If I need a specific sound or effect that is separate & only for certain songs, I use other pedals! This unit is all about getting the sound exactly where you need it to be!

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    3.0

    Sent it back.

    By Callfox

    from Wisconsin

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    Pros

    • Compact Design

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Zoom A3 Pre Amp Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal:

    The unit had a very high frequency noise in the background no matter what I plugged into it or where I plugged it in. Used 4 diifferent amps and my PA, still had the noise. Tried new balanced cables, different guitars, same noise.:(
    No problem with MF with return THANK YOU. I got the Radial PZ-PRE. Will try that, hope it works well.
    I have 3 other Zoom products and like them all. This one was disappointing.

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    1.0

    Don't waste your money

    By Harry

    from undisclosed

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use
      • Limited Selection Of Effects
      • Not Responsive
      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about Zoom A3 Pre Amp Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This pedal is not what it is describe as. The effects are poor when they work. My martin guitar actually sounds better without the pedal than with it. It didn't improve the sound of my Ibanez either. It is hard to use and changes can not be made on the fly. I have been trying to make this work for a few months now and have given up. I would not recommend this piece of useless metal to anyone. I used other Zoom products and been happy with there performance but not this one.

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        4.0

        Does what it says!

        By PeggRav1

        from Munford, AL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Amazing Fedback Control
        • Compact Design
        • Easy to set up
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Could Have Easier Switchi
        • No Changes On Fly

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Zoom A3 Pre Amp Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal:

        It has an amazing array of sounds that really does what it advertises. Only drawback is switching effects on the fly. Its easy to program, and sounds incredibly clean. Overall Im happy, but would like an easier switchability of effects during play with my foot.

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A3 works as advertised

        By Steven J

        from Albuquerque, NM

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Zoom A3 Pre Amp Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Greatly improved the sound of my acoustic/electric. During mix down the amount of eqing was minimal.

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        2.0

        Concept good, execution poor

        By 12Stringer

        from NW Missouri

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Limited Selection Of Effects

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Zoom A3 Pre Amp Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I purchased this because I thought it was an upgrade from the A2. I was wrong. The A2 has more versatility and usefulness. For comparison: the A2 offered an option for either 3-band parametric EQ, or 6-band EQ, this only offers 3-band EQ. While this offers XLR out [for DI] and two 1/4" TS outs for stereo signals instead of the single 1/4" TRS out for stereo signals in the A2, that is the only edge this features. The A2 had separate functions for compression, modulation FX [chorus, flanging, phase shift, tremolo], delays/reverbs/ and noise reduction, which allowed the user to mix compression, noise reduction, mod FX, and reverb/delay all at once, the A3 only allows use of two FX simultaneously, and if one uses noise reduction and compression, one has used both FX and cannot add any type of mod FX or delay/reverb, which makes the A3 less versatile at a cost which is double that of the A2. Zoom needs to take this back to the drawing board and reconfigure it to give users what they want instead of what Zoom dictates they should have. They should ditch the ersatz guitar sims because they don't sound realistic and waste memory on the IC. If they decide to keep the sims, then they should be just another swappable effect, instead of tieing up one whole memory bank.

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