Best Acoustic Simulator Pedals – Reviews 2018

Posted in Gear | Last Updated on March 13, 2018

Picture with the 5 best acoustic simulator pedals: Joyo JF-323 Wooden, AROMA AAS-3 AC, Hotone TPSWOOD Wood, Mooer MAC1 Akoustikar

I remember getting my first electric guitar… the feeling of excitement was insane.

I imagined all the wonderful things that i could do with this instrument.

I was in cloud in 9

An electric guitar gives you this feeling that is just impossible to describe. You need to have one to know what I am talking about.

And then immediately I remember my trusty old acoustic guitar and I just felt sad.

See there is this special attachment I have to my acoustic guitar...well cos she was my first one.

Now the problem was… how do I play and electric and acoustic guitar?

It is well impossible except you have some called an acoustic simulator pedal.

What this piece of equipment does is that it helps you simulate acoustic guitar sounds on your electric guitar.

Great right? This is exactly how i felt

But the truth is that there are so many brands out there in the market that making a choice is confusing.

In this buyers guide we will be looking at the top 5 best acoustic guitar simulator pedals, things you need to consider before getting one, and how to make sure you get the best from your pedal.

Things to consider before making a purchase

1. What features does it have

This is probably one of the most important feature you need to consider.

If you are a seasoned pro then you can easily fiddle with some knobs and get the sound that you want.

But if you are a beginner, then you absolutely want to check out the features that the pedal comes with and make sure that it fits with what you have in mind.

Here are some of the features to look out for

  • Standard - This is the simplest and the one that is commonly used by most people. It is the closest you will get to sounding exactly like an acoustic guitar.
  • Piezo - This mode gets you a much cleaner and brighter sound.
  • Jumbo - If you are going for a much deeper sound with a lot of bass, then you should go with this mode.

Quick Tip:

One thing you should be aware of is these are just simulators.

While they can tweak your sounds, they are not going to sound like the real thing.

Keep this in mind when making a purchase

2. How much does it cost?

As much as I love my acoustic guitar, I am not ready to spend thousands of dollars on an acoustic simulator.

At the same time, I should be ready to spend at least a couple hundred to make sure that I get something that is of high quality and gets the job done.

Same thing applies to you.

Think about what you hope to get and make sure you budget accordingly.

3. It should be portable

The one advantage of the acoustic simulator is that it helps you simulate an acoustic guitar.

This means you should not be carrying more than one guitar around.

As such you want something that is preferably small and easy to transport.

If you get something bulky and extra large then the aim is totally defeated.

Our Top 5 Best Acoustic Simulator Pedals

Mooer MAC1 Akoustikar Acoustic Guitar Simulator

This is one of the most common and popular acoustic simulator pedals in the market today.

It has 3 working modes - the standard, piezo and jumbo modes which gives you lots of flexibility and options to choose the one you want.

It comes housed in a full metal shell that protects is from damage and wear and tear.

It is very small, compact and exquisite making it very easy to transport and carry about.

It has a true bypass which makes it very easy for you to switch it on or off.

This is probably one of the best acoustic guitar simulators in the market today.

  • It has an articulate and precise tone.
  • It is very quiet and does not make noise when in use.
  • It has three modes which gives you lots of options.

  • You may notice a slight drop in volume when the pedal is engaged.

Hotone TPSWOOD Wood Guitar Effects Pedal

This is a true bypass footswitch that gives you a pure wooden sound when used.

It’s outer cover is made from zinc alloy making it very durable and does not easily corrode.

It has a transparent top knob and 2 cool small black knobs which gives you a wide range of options to easily turn your electric guitar into natural, realistic acoustic ones.

  • It has a unique wooden acoustic sound.
  • It is very quiet and does not give out a lot of sounds.
  • It is very easy to setup and use and also very portable.

  • The stand is of low quality
  • Due to the fact that it is very tiny, you have to be careful so you do not lose it.

Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator Pedal

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This is a true acoustic guitar simulator made by the well known Boss brand

It’s range of tonal controls that gives you the exact sounds that you require.

It is made from the same sturdy and reliable construction that all Boss brands have.

It has an input and output connectors that make it very easy for you to connect your accessories.

It has an aesthetic design which makes it very pleasing to the eyes at all times

If you are looking for a tried and tested simulator, then this is the ideal choice for you.

  • Trusted brand and reliable quality.
  • Well built with an aesthetic design.
  • It gives a clean and pleasant acoustic sound.

  • It is way pricey than most simulators but you can be absolutely sure of the quality.
  • It is much heavier than others.

AROMA AAS-3 AC Acoustic Guitar Simulator

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This is one of the cheapest models in the list. But make no mistake about the price, it is delivers pure acoustic sounds when used.

It has 3 controlling knobs and 1 switch which makes it very accurate and sensitive.

The volume knob control which gives you control over the output level, the body knob which helps to regulate the resonance and the top knob which adjusts the gain.

It comes housed in full metal shell which makes it very durable and exquisite.

  • It is very budget friendly.
  • It has three controlling knobs which helps to control the kind of sound you want.
  • It is very light and portable.

  • You may notice a slight drop in the signal when used.

Joyo JF-323 Wooden Sound Acoustic Simulator

This is one of the true wooden acoustic simulators out there.

It has four knobs which control the high, mid, bass and the volume

Its built in preset sounds are simply awesome out of the box

It is very small and compact making it ideal for transport and storage

If you are looking for that unique retro wooden sound, then you need to get this bad boy.

  • Unique retro wooden sound.
  • It is small, compact and portable.
  • It has a great design.

  • You will need to get a 9V adapter as this does not come with the pedal.


While a simulator is not exactly the same as the real thing, it is much better than not having anyone at all.

So before you make a purchase, always ensure that you take the time and get something that is of high quality and has the features that you require.

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