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Zoom A3 Pre Amp Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal

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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
Stay up-to-date via USB

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

SPECIFICATIONS
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
 
3.6

(based on 20 reviews)

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63%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (14)
  • Excellent sound quality (13)
  • Good selection of effects (11)
  • Responsive (8)
  • Versatile (8)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (8)
  • Limited selection of effects (3)
  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (15)
  • Home studio (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (10), Experienced (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(7 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Disappointed

By Big Rand

from Traverse City MI

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

  • Difficult To Use
  • Limited Selection Of Effects

Best Uses

  • Home Studio

Comments about Zoom A3 Pre Amp Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal:

I don't like to write negative reviews, but this pedal has me baffled. First off, I returned this to Musicians Friend and I was very satisfied with the ease of return and the top rate service from Musicians friend. About the pedal, I currently use a Zoom A2 which is great (and discontinued). I thought this would be the next logical step as it has an XLR output and I would no longer need a DI box. When I got the pedal I was impressed with the looks. I hooked it up and started with the body model selection. First thing I noticed was how hard it was to turn the slippery knobs. The sound was good but I did hear more hiss than with my A2. I also noticed a lack of a phase switch. So much for ditching my DI. My A2 doesn't have a phase switch but my LRBaggs Para DI does. Next I decided to add some effects. Fast forward 1 hour. I could not access ANY effects other than the body model. The knobs simply would not do what the manual said they would. I read and re-read the manual but could not get anywhere. I am very adept at using digital equipment, setting parameters, and using recording interfaces and software, but I could not access any effects with this pedal. I assumed the pedal was defective and returned it. Needless to say, I don't recommend it. Too bad as it seemed like a good idea.

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth the trouble of figuring out!!!

By Jon Fields

from Allentown, PA

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Great De-piezo-ing Device
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Zoom A3 Pre Amp Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal:

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.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Correcting the previous review

By BigToe

from West coast

About Me Professional Musician

Comments about Zoom A3 Pre Amp Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal:

I just wanted to correct the previous reviewer and say that there is a phase switch (It is set internally) and the directions to change it are on page 23 of the manual.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Does what it says!

By PeggRav1

from Munford, AL

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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.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A PERFECT first pedal and a must have!

By eh84

from New York, NY

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Input Options
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Zoom A3 Pre Amp Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This pedal does exactly what it says.

    The features are simple to utilize and setup takes all of 2 minutes.

    I have not used this on battery power so I cannot speak about that, but I've used it every gig for a month now and it's been a noticeable improvement of sound. People have approached me after gigs to complement the "something new" that they hear.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

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

    By JK Fraser

    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.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Don't waste your money

    By Guitarman 15

    from Wisconsin

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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.

        (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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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!

           
          3.0

          Just Got the Thing

          By Guitar Bill

          from Avondale, Arizona

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          Pros

          • I haven't even played the thing yet!

          Cons

          • You tell me. I just got mine.

          Best Uses

          • Any time, anywhere.
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Zoom A3 Pre Amp Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I would use it to color the tone of my acoustic guitar.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Delivery was great. It got here fast.

           
          5.0

          Great Sounding Unit

          By Roknrol66

          from Charleston, WV

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Zoom A3 Pre Amp Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal:

            This is a great sounding little unit. There is a small learning curve to program it, but it doesn't take that long to figure out. I don't use very many of the effects live, but the exciter and compressor sound fantastic with my Yamaha APX 700II. The choruses and reverbs are very lush. The only drawback is that you can only use two effects at once (the first effect is reserved for a guitar type). I was using a Behringer ADI 21, which is a good unit as well for the price, but when I A/B'd the two, there was no comparison. If you are just looking to improve your overall acoustic sound live, I would recommend this pedal.

             
            5.0

            Love it.

            By Rockerduck

            from Marietta, Ga

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Zoom A3 Pre Amp Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I found this intuitive to operate. It gets rid of piezo quack, you can add a couple of effects, and a boost switch; plus a mic input and dI out. What else is needed?

               
              2.0

              Not as good as their older A2 unit

              By Lmitch

              from Lincoln, NE

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Selection Of Effects

              Cons

              • Difficult To Use

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Zoom A3 Pre Amp Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal:

              The older A2 Zoom is MUCH easier to use. This was the most convoluted unit I have seen.

              I returned it.

               
              5.0

              Does what it says in a better way

              By Rambling Frank

              from Ankeny, Iowa

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Good Selection Of Effects
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Zoom A3 Pre Amp Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal:

                This unit is designed to support a wide variety of natural sounding acoustic music for recording and sound reinforcement. It's as good as any.

                Where this one stands out for me is that I can use it to instantly reconfigure my set-up when swapping between three to seven different instruments! If I get more things to play, it will keep up. I do not know if this is a unique capability of the A3 but I did a fair amount of looking for something else to compare with the same capability and found nothing. Doesn't matter. The A3 is perfect and I can settle for perfect.

                 
                4.0

                Great pedal but...

                By Greg

                from Lake Isabella, Michigan

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Responsive

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Zoom A3 Pre Amp Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal:

                I really like this pedal. it has enhanced the sound of my RainSong Hybrid but it does have a pretty big learning curve and I am still in that process. I have used it twice for solo gigs, and I run it thru my Bose Compact system.

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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.

                 
                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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