Zoom’s AC-2 pedal promises to restore guitar tone lost through acoustic pickups

Zoom has announced the latest in its line of acoustic preamps, the AC-2 Acoustic Creator.

Building on the AC3, the AC-2 offers 16 guitar presets (from dreadnought to orchestra, parlour, single and 12-string) to reproduce guitarists’ acoustic tone.

Players choose their guitar type, then piezo or magnetic pickup, before adding reverb and tweaking the sound via the three-band EQ.

Elsewhere, the unit packs an anti-feedback button that automatically locates and eliminates problem frequencies, while a tuner is also onboard.

What’s more, the pedal automatically adjusts input gain to the correct level, while up to 9dB of additional gain is available via the boost footswitch.

The Zoom AC-2 Acoustic Creator is available now for $199.99 – see below for the full list of features, and visit Zoom for further info.


16 source guitar type/body presets for accurate tone reproduction
¼” input
XLR balanced out
Two ¼” outputs for mono or stereo connection to guitar amps, headphones, and audio interfaces
Reverb effect
High-quality, low noise preamp
Piezo/magnetic input pickup select
3-band equalizer
Input and output gain/sensitivity adjustable via single volume knob (patent pending)
Anti-feedback control
Boost switch for up to 9 dB of additional gain
Built-in chromatic visual-LED tuner
USB connection for firmware updates
Dual output jacks for connection to guitar amps and mono or stereo PA systems
Three power options: 2 x AA batteries, the included Zoom AD-16 power adapter (9V DC in), or bus power via micro-USB port

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.

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