Review: TC Electronic BodyRez Acoustic Pickup Enhancer Pedal — Video


Using any combination of aftermarket undersaddle and soundhole acoustic guitar pickups, or just onboard electronics, will play an important role in amplifying your acoustic guitar.

But once your acoustic instrument is plugged into a PA or acoustic amplifier, what gets lost in translation are the overall low-end, upper-end harmonics and warmth from your acoustic.

Thankfully, TC Electronic has found the solution to these common problems with the BodyRez Acoustic Pickup Enhancer, a small-footprint pedal that restores your acoustic guitar’s natural tone in astonishing detail with the turn of a single knob.

BodyRez is true bypass, with 9-volt operation, and features phase-reversal technology for feedback suppression, and a built-in mute function for dead quiet cable removal when switching instruments. The pedal has only one knob, for body, which blends custom filters and compression to subtly bring back the fullness of your acoustic sound.

Using a soundhole pickup, I found BodyRez to be absolutely essential in making my acoustic sound livelier and downright gorgeous. The compression softens the harshness of my acoustic’s soundhole pickup while emphasizing the necessary feel that was lost in amplifying the signal. Moving the knob past the midway point cleverly added depth and body, giving my acoustic a rich warmth I’d never heard before, which made me wonder how the hell I lived without this pedal.


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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.