Zoom AC3 Acoustic Guitar FX

Effect Pedal for Acoustic Guitar

  • Multi FX & Pre-Amp
  • 16 source guitar models / body presets for precise sound reproduction
  • 15 target guitar models / body presets for sound optimisation
  • 6.35 mm jack input
  • Two balanced XLR outputs
  • High quality noise-free preamplifier
  • 9 Effects with adjustable parameters
  • Choice of piezo or magnetic pickups
  • Integrated compressor
  • 3-band equalizer
  • Control for the inputs and outputs: The sensitivity is adjusted via a single volume knob (patent pending)
  • Overload indicators
  • Anti-Feedback control
  • Boost foot switch for up to 9 dB more gain
  • Integrated chromatic tuner with LED display
  • USB port for firmware updates
  • 2 Output jacks for connection to guitar amplifiers or PA systems (mono / stereo)
  • 3 Power supply options: 2 Type AA batteries, AD-16 (9V DC) zoom power supply, or bus power via the micro USB port
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Sound samples

  • Andalusian Off/On
  • Country Off/On
  • Fingerstyle Off/On
  • Indiepop Off/On
  • Picking 2 Off/On
  • Picking Off/On
  • Resonator Off/On
  • Swing Violin Off/On
  • Ukulele Jazz Off/On
  • Ukulele Off/On
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Further information

Modelling Yes
Incl. Tuner Yes
Expression Pedal No
Headphone Output Yes
USB Connection Yes
MIDI Interface No
Battery Operation Yes
PSU included Yes

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Sounds great but needs an effects loop

IanIreland, 22.10.2018
I bought this unit to save me from having to carry my marshall acoustic amp to gigs to DI out to the PA system. I use a Martin DC16GTE so set the input to dreadnought and the output to D45 and it sounds amazing through any PA systems I have connected to. The only issue I have is that I also use a loop pedal which has to be placed after the AC3 so I lose the DI out option which is a shame. I really think this unit needs an effects loop option.

The different guitar sounds are great and give a very authentic acoustic sound.

The effects are good but not really suitable for live performance as there are no presets but these could come in useful when recording. I really only use the reverb and the EQ, both of which are great. There is also a compressor which works really well. I also leave the anti feedback option on and so far have had no feedback issues.

The tuner is very accurate, I'll be selling on my Boss TU-3 as this has now become surplus to requirements.

I was originally looking for a boost pedal to give me boost for fingerpicking and solos when I came across this unit. This gives me EQ, effects, a tuner and a boost and also an authentic acoustic sound. The build quality is also great, its very well built and feels like it will last forever.

Would definitely be 5 stars if it had an effects loop!
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I keep this zoom device!

Matthias4464, 01.01.2018
First of all, I congratulate all those who buy the device now, to a price reduction of 40 euros, which unfortunately was not awarded to me, I paid 2 months ago, full 299 euros for it.
I use the device live and also in home recording. Not only acoustic guitars, but also the electric one goes very well with the part, as long as you want to stay clean. After experimenting with digital speaker simulators for some time, it seemed to me that the different source and target guitars on the A-3 had a similar sonic effect. One has more heights available through the goal of transmitting the acoustic guitar. With a little experimentation, many sonic wishes can be realized quickly (that's what counts !!!). The effects section is useful in itself, only the delay could tolerate a rework via update.
The one-button compressor works without complaint, but the one-button input & volume control is not the last word for me. It seems to me that sometimes peak peaks march through, and that gives unpleasant consequences in the following chain. Since I also work with the rival Boss device temporarily, I come to the conclusion: Boss offers the slightly higher effect quality, but Zoom keeps the naturalness of the guitar signal pleasing through all switching variations. Great is the antifeedback button, this brings an immediate result.
Conclusion: A good device with simple operation - not only for the acoustic guitar - it brings out many strings beautiful sounds!
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