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Tech 21 Fly Rig 5-CALI

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Tech 21’s popular Fly Rig Series has a new addition: the Fly Rig 5-CALI. The CALI’s distortion section is based upon their CALI/US Metal SansAmp Char...Click To Read More About This Product

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An all-in-one multi-effects packed with beautiful vintage boutique distortion and tons of other Tech21 effects.

Tech 21’s popular Fly Rig Series has a new addition: the Fly Rig 5-CALI. The CALI’s distortion section is based upon their CALI/US Metal SansAmp Character Series pedals, which were inspired by amps in the mid ‘70s from the then-boutique shop over on the West Coast.

While those hulking stacks are known to sound best at ear-bleed levels, the CALI section can painlessly transform your sound at the kick of a switch. You can completely change the personality of a clean amp tone or use it as an instant mod with a dirty amp tone. Engaging the Boost function is like having an extra “12AX7” pre-amp gain stage. Activated via its own footswitch, you can kick in up to 21dB of pre-amp boost. The range allows you to go from a state of mild overdrive to insane gain. Boost also operates independently to punch up any of the other functions.

The other features are the same as the original Fly Rig 5. At its heart, is the all-analog SansAmp™, which makes it possible to go direct to a PA or mixer. Effects include a reverb voiced to create the rich ambiance of a vintage spring reverb, and a delay with tap tempo and adjustable tape drift-style modulation for authentic textures.

Less than 12 in. long and weighing just over 18 oz., this sleek, compact unit embodies an entire rig you can just pop into a guitar case.

FEATURES
  • SansAmp tube amplifier emulator, is pre-voiced for clean tones. It includes 3-band active EQ, Level and Drive to adjust the overall amount of gain and overdrive.
  • Reverb, within the SansAmp section, is based upon the Boost RVB pedal. It emulates the rich ambiances of a vintage spring reverb without clattery pings, canyons of doom, or other annoying artifacts.
  • Boost, kicks in up to 21dB of pre-amp gain. It can be used independently to boost the SansAmp and/or DLA functions, as well as on its own to boost the gain of your amp.
  • DLA is based upon the Boost DLA pedal. It is voiced to give you the sounds of a vintage tape echo and features Level, Time, Repeats, and Drift, which adds a random element to the modulation for authentic textures. A dedicated Tap Tempo switch makes it super simple to just tap in the delay tempo you want during your performance.
  • All analog signal path; reverb and delay are mixed in parallel.
  • Get 5 “must-have” gigging pedals for 1/3 the cost at 1/3 the size, without sacrificing pro quality tone
  • All-metal housing in gunmetal finish
  • Metal footswitches and jacks
  • 1/4-in. high-impedance input
  • 1/4-inch low impedance output
  • Silent-switching, custom footswitch actuators
  • Utilizes included “auto-switching” 12V DC power supply. Self-adjusts to 100V-240V. It can be used anywhere in the world with the proper plug/travel adapter for the host country
  • The Fly Rig 5 is shipped with 4 knob grippers, one on each Level control

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Tech 21Fly Rig 5-CALI
 
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5.0

Excellent Purchase

By Dennis

from Knoxville

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Ease of use
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Excellent tool for worship
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Church
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Tech 21 Fly Rig 5-CALI:

    I use this in church with dual splitable humbucker G&L. The cleans are excellent and the dirty has superior tone and major flexibility. You can go from clean into 3 gain stages including the boost. Clean boost keeps all of the properties of the clean tones just louder. Imagine that. Super easy to use and quick set up/take down. My P90 guitar has a dummy coil so I am not sure how it will behave noise-wise with regular p90s or other single coils, however it does very well with split coils. It's light weight but very sturdy. The delay is fine but I use it with drift raised and the other 2 knobs at zero where that simulated chorus has made it so I did not have to buy additional pedal. I did get an auto swell pedal for quiet pad and fill kinds of things. It stays on a small board with the volume/swell pedal and a non chained LR Baggs Para DI for when I play acoustic or mandolin. Would by again in a second.

     
    4.0

    Great unit, wish it had a noise gate though.

    By Tim

    from Neenah, Wisconsin

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    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Light and portable
    • Sounds great

    Cons

    • lack of noise gate for high gain tones
    • wish it had a footswitch to set delay to chorus

    Best Uses

    • live rig with stage monitors
    • recording

    Comments about Tech 21 Fly Rig 5-CALI:

    Great sounding unit and incredibly simple to use. Just wish it had a noise gate for the higher gain tones. It would also be awesome if it had a footswitch to set the delay time to zero which sounds like a chorus when the drift is greater than zero (basically toggle it between delay and chorus mode). But for the price, this thing is quite amazing. Rock solid tones regardless. Set ever dial to noon and you are already good to go in every mode. Tweak to taste from there.

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    5.0

    Vastly improved distortion over other FlyRigs

    By GuitarLynn

    from Wichita, KS

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    Pros

    • Compact pedal board

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        Comments about Tech 21 Fly Rig 5-CALI:

        I've been interested in the Fly Rigs since they have come out, but the distortion just never worked for me. I have been thrilled with the Cali standalone pedal, so I took a leap of faith with the Cali Fly Rig. It has been everything that I was hoping for. Very satisfied with the purchase!

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        5.0

        Just what I was looking for!

        By Dezz

        from Pittsburgh, PA

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Tech 21 Fly Rig 5-CALI:

        The sensitivity and tones are excellent. Great control over sound. Great overdrives.

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        4.0

        Cool piece very compact

        By Edge45

        from Ballston Lake NY

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Tech 21 Fly Rig 5-CALI:

        it's cool that you can set two different guitar tones ...then boost them when you need to do a lead
        the fact that it has a delay which is great and a reverb ....so you can DI into a recorder or workstation and get the same great sound is awesome .....Sans Amp always cool
        I'm not that elite of guitar player like some of these reviews....my tone and all that frequency mumbo jumbo
        it gets the job done great for what I need it for .....I haven't had it that long so I can't comment on durability
        I do recommend it .......Gig on ....!!!!

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