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9 Acoustic Preamp Pedals for Stage or Studio

9 Acoustic Preamp Pedals for Stage or Studio

Wherever you’re looking to plug in your acoustic, these stomps have you covered with a wide range of functionality and sounds.

A good preamp plays an important role in making your acoustic guitar sparkle. Here are options in a wide price range that will keep your 6-string singing.


LR BAGGS Venue DI

This stomp includes a full-isolation DI output, 5-band EQ with adjustable low- and high-mid bands, variable clean boost, and a chromatic tuner all in one acoustic pedal.

$328 street

lrbaggs.com

RADIAL ENGINEERING PZ-Pro

This 2-channel acoustic preamp offers precise tone-shaping and effects control. You can seamlessly integrate dynamic or condenser mics, switch effortlessly between channels, activate a booster and an effects loop, and mute the signal for hassle-free onstage tuning.

$639 street

radialeng.com

ORANGE AMPLIFICATION Acoustic Pedal

With all the know-how of Orange’s acclaimed Acoustic Pre TC preamp and Crush Acoustic 30 amplifier, this do-it-all, compact preamp pedal will help you battle feedback or brighten a dull instrument.

$169 street

orangeamps.com

TRACE ELLIOT Acoustic Transit A

This portable rig includes a 3-band active EQ, chromatic tuner, built-in pre- and post-XLR balanced output, dry output, headphone output, carry bag, plus user-definable boost, chorus, delay, and reverb.

$349

traceelliot.com

TECH 21 Acoustic Fly Rig

Whether for recording or live performance, this unit is jam-packed with useful features: a 100-percent-analog SansAmp, parametric EQ, boost, compressor, tap-tempo delay, independent reverb, tuner, headphone capability, and XLR output.

$249 street

tech21nyc.com

FISHMAN Platinum Pro EQ

This all-analog universal instrument preamp box features a discrete, high-headroom class-A preamp, switchable guitar/bass EQ modes, adjustable volume boost, a balanced XLR DI output, and much more.

$319 street

fishman.com

GRACE DESIGN ALiX

This full-featured acoustic preamp is designed to be portable and rugged but still deliver true studio-quality sound with the same level of performance as the company’s pro audio range on the live stage.

$765 street

GraceDesign.com

BOSS AD-2 Acoustic Preamp

With just three knobs, this stomp will do the trick. Controls include resonance, which processes your acoustic’s natural sounds, ambience or reverb, and a notch filter, plus normal or balanced DI outputs.

$119 street

boss.info

FENDER Acoustic Preverb

Combining three distinct reverb voices with an acoustic preamp, this pedal is a powerhouse. Other features include a notch filter, damping control, and mute switch.

$179 street

fender.com

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A technicolor swirl of distortion, drive, boost, and ferocious fuzz.

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$199

Danelectro Nichols 1966
danelectro.com

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