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TC Bodyrez for Acoustic Guitars?

Post by Telefunkin » Sun May 01, 2016 1:45 am

I don't do a lot of acoustic guitar gigs (mainly electric), but when I do I'm usually a bit disappointed by my guitar sound. Its my own fault. Although I use a Taylor for recording, for gigs I use an low-end Ovation. Its neck and fretboard radius make it much easier for me to mistreat it and play it like an electric, especially with light strings. So, I've sacrificed acoustic tone for playability, but I'm a dog that's too old to change its ways (by adapting my style and playing a proper instrument with decent strings and a wooden back).

Today, I saw the TC BODYREZ pedal and it really looks like it might offer a solution. For the money its worth a shot anyway, but I just wondered whether anyone else had tried one. The next thing that crossed my mind was whether there might also be some benefit when recording, although I think that is less likely. The videos look impressive though.
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Re: TC Bodyrez for Acoustic Guitars?

Post by mojobone » Mon May 02, 2016 9:53 pm

Well it IS a handy, gig-friendly package; my understanding is it's a slightly less sophisticated version of Fishman's Aura preamp that uses a convolution engine and sampled resonance. Hard to tell from a YouTube video, (it does seem a little sweeter) and the demos mostly feature guitars that don't suck to begin with; maybe find a store with a good return policy? I haven't been able to find one to audition yet and I'm not sure if I'm interested enough to drive to Indy.


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Re: TC Bodyrez for Acoustic Guitars?

Post by mojobone » Wed May 17, 2017 10:05 am

You should maybe also have a look at Zoom's A3; it's double the price, or half what Fishman charges, but also offers way more flexibility. I love it for live work, cuz it outputs Lo-Z line level on XLR, great for sending to FOH, whilst feeding a monitor rig from the quarter inch outputs. There's also a blendable mic input with phantom power and a very nice, super-quiet preamp.
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Re: TC Bodyrez for Acoustic Guitars?

Post by Telefunkin » Wed May 17, 2017 10:44 am

Hi Mojo, I couldn't agree more. In fact, I bought a Zoom A3 on Ebay about 6 months ago. Terribly user unfriendly, but I eventually found my way through, and the sound is worth it. I really like what it does, and the reverb/delay too, so its a keeper. Before purchasing I'd recommend having it demoed in a music store or watching a Youtube video first though, so you can decide whether you can live with its operating system. Each time I get back to it I spend a few minutes wondering where my sounds are :roll: :lol:
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Re: TC Bodyrez for Acoustic Guitars?

Post by mojobone » Wed May 17, 2017 11:04 am

Telefunkin wrote:Hi Mojo, I couldn't agree more. In fact, I bought a Zoom A3 on Ebay about 6 months ago. Terribly user unfriendly, but I eventually found my way through, and the sound is worth it. I really like what it does, and the reverb/delay too, so its a keeper. Before purchasing I'd recommend having it demoed in a music store or watching a Youtube video first though, so you can decide whether you can live with its operating system. Each time I get back to it I spend a few minutes wondering where my sounds are :roll: :lol:
Yes, the operating system is a bear, and long overdue for a firmware update, but there's nothing else like it at the price point; the tuner sucks, but there's something present for just about anyone who gigs with one or more acoustic instruments. One of the coolest things is what it does for my solidbody uke bass; I use the bass body resonance and a module called 'air'. Applied judiciously, you can't tell it from a real upright. Always available boost and adaptive anti-feedback, mag and piezo compensation on the instrument input and importantly for me as a Baggs Double Barrel system user, a combo connector for the mic input, which is switchable, pre/post the effects. You may not be aware, but the left/mono output doubles as a stereo headphone output. Navigating memory presets OTOH, is a PITA.
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