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Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 Multi Effects Pedal   

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Free yourself from the signal chains of bondage. Emancipate yourself from the oppression of evil backline loaners. Liberate yourself from the tyrannies of over-loaded flight cases and stress of airport security. It is time. For you. To rock. In a free World.

Sleek, compact, and simply awesome, the gunmetal-finish Fly Rig 5 is a tiny tonal titan, a thoroughbred professional unit armed with sweet analog tones. Weighing in at just over 18 oz. and under 12 inches in length, you can rule the road, rehearsal or recording gig. No stinkin' van, no heavy flight cases, no cable spaghetti, no dead weight.

With the Fly Rig 5, no arena is too large and no stage is too small. Just grab your guitar and tap into five must-have pedals in Tech 21's award-winning arsenal: a genuine SansAmp, a reverb, a delay, a powerful boost and the incredible Plexi distortion. All of this in a streamlined, rugged metal housing that will easily fit in your guitar case. There are illuminated mini-controls to show active status, an included power supply and studio-grade, metal footswitches and jacks. It's everything you need and nothing you don't.

With the functionality of a full pedal board, minus the crackling patch cables, dying batteries and ground loops, the Fly Rig 5 is a simple step to the rich, expressive combinations you can use for any session. Even when you want to use the latest digital supercomputer or a vintage tube amp, the Fly Rig 5 covers your ass like yoga pants. It's the perfect instant back-up rig when your boutique gear goes down exactly when you need it most.

At its heart is the omnipotent, all-analog SansAmp - a ground-breaking amp emulator, speaker and mic simulator - that will dial-in your favorite sounds for consistent tone every time. This version has been optimized for lush, chiming clean tones and has a Drive control to add just the right amount of gain from warm break-up to snarling grind, with an incredibly flexible 3-band EQ. The adjustable Reverb is also found in this section, voiced to create the rich ambiance of a vintage spring reverb without clattery pings, canyons of doom, or other annoying artifacts.

The roaring Plexi tone is the stuff of legend, with its muscular crunch, detailed mids and mule-kick low end. Providing the dirty side of the Fly Rig, the Plexi section produces exquisite, ripped-ab rock tones that can be kicked into Hot mode with up to 21dB of pre-amp gain. The Hot footswitch operates independently to boost any of the Fly Rig sections whenever you feel the urge to punch it up.

An inspiring delay section completes the Fly Rig 5. Voiced to emulate vintage tape echo, the DLA features a separate tap-tempo footswitch and adjustable tape drift-style modulation for authentic textures. From thickening slap-backs to deep cascading repeats, the DLA adds space and attitude.

Get the Fly Rig 5 and arrive at your next gig as easily as a happy, magical fairy - with face-melting guitar tones.

¢ 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.
¢ Plexi, based upon the Hot-Rod Plexi pedal, brings in the organic distortion of a stock ˜68 Plexi and includes Level, Tone and Drive controls.
¢ Hot, within the Plexi section, 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.

Five pedals, including a SansAmp, reverb, delay, boost, and and Plexi distortion.

FEATURES
  • 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" high-impedance input
  • 1/4" low impedance output

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Tech 21Fly Rig 5 Multi Effects Pedal
 
3.9

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (15)
  • Good selection of effects (14)
  • Excellent sound quality (12)
  • Responsive (10)
  • Versatile (10)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (11)
  • Home studio (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (9), Experienced (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great, but...

I'm glad I bought this. It almost does as well as advertised.
Plugged straight into a PA, it does sound like a mic'd cabinet coming thru a PA. It does not...Read complete review

I'm glad I bought this. It almost does as well as advertised.
Plugged straight into a PA, it does sound like a mic'd cabinet coming thru a PA. It does not sound like a real Fender or Marshall amp by themselves. Understand the difference. A mic'd amp thru a PA does not sound just like the real thing either. This little pedal sounds like a Fender or Marshall thru a mic, thru a PA, not like the real thing.
There are only 2 real drawbacks: The boost does not give it a volume boost like you'd need for a solo. It just boosts the drive level. Secondly, the thing could really use a tuner. If you don't have or can't use your big guitar rig, you'll still need some type of tuner. I know a lot of players are using the clip-on headstock tuners, in which case this would not be a problem, but if you rely on a pedal tuner, you'll need to add one.
I have been using this mostly as a backup amp, which really saves on space and weight at a gig. If you're like me, you'll never do another gig without it as a backup. I've also used it as a main amp (thru the monitor) at some small gigs where limited floor space and set-up time was a problem and it worked great.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

TRY before you buy: Great tone and design BUT mine is NOISEY

PROs:
The design is great. The compact size is great. The tones are very good.

CONs:
1) Constant white noise when the sansamp is engaged. I...Read complete review

PROs:
The design is great. The compact size is great. The tones are very good.

CONs:
1) Constant white noise when the sansamp is engaged. I don't see too many other reviewers with this problem, so I will update this review if I am able to determine that I happen to receive a faulty unit.
2) The output on the Sansamp requires the user to turn the Level knob up to about 3 o'clock in order to avoid signal loss compared to unaffected signal. This is not a deal breaker to me, because turning the knob up to 3 doesn't add any noticeable noise.. just kind of strange.

As it stands, the CONs outweigh the PROs because significantly noticeable white noise is a deal breaker. I really hope I received a faulty unit. Either way I'm confident if Tech 21 decides to continue producing the Fly Rig they will fix this issue in either design of quality control.

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2.0

TRY before you buy: Great tone and design BUT mine is NOISEY

By Warren

from Philadelphia

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Open Mic
    • Rehearsal

    Comments about Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 Multi Effects Pedal:

    PROs:
    The design is great. The compact size is great. The tones are very good.

    CONs:
    1) Constant white noise when the sansamp is engaged. I don't see too many other reviewers with this problem, so I will update this review if I am able to determine that I happen to receive a faulty unit.
    2) The output on the Sansamp requires the user to turn the Level knob up to about 3 o'clock in order to avoid signal loss compared to unaffected signal. This is not a deal breaker to me, because turning the knob up to 3 doesn't add any noticeable noise.. just kind of strange.

    As it stands, the CONs outweigh the PROs because significantly noticeable white noise is a deal breaker. I really hope I received a faulty unit. Either way I'm confident if Tech 21 decides to continue producing the Fly Rig they will fix this issue in either design of quality control.

    My recommendation:

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    1.0

    I opened the box. it's terrible. Don't buy it

    By ian the blues guy

    from East Wenatchee WA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 Multi Effects Pedal:

        This is the worse effects pedal i ever bought

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        5.0

        Tech 21 Ready to go on the Fly

        By Papa Clay

        from TN

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Small knob for my fingers

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 Multi Effects Pedal:

        I am a old bar band road dog, After years of moving big tube amps for years, my back wanted a break so I have tried many MOD amp boxes from Line 6, Digi-tech, Yamaha Etc.. I tried the Tech 21 Fly Rig 5. I always liked the scans-amp sound.I got my Fly Rig opened it up plugged it right into my PA with all the PA settings flat, then chose a couple of the suggested settings and with a few minor personal adjustments I was ready to go. The Rig delivers a great natural clean sound, in the scans-amp setting, a wonderful Plexi sound and a Hot button to add a kick. Now for the delay it offers many great settings I like the Classic rock setting. Great well built unit

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        4.0

        Just what I needed.

        By Guitarcag

        from Miami

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive

        Cons

        • Small Controls

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 Multi Effects Pedal:

        I play in a praise and worship band and often in small spaces. My 50 watt tube amp was too much power for this situation and I could never turn up the volume past 2 without getting dirty looks from our lead vocalist. With the Fly Rig I plug directly into the PA and have a more controlled sound. I put this in my gig bag with a tuner pedal and I'm good to go. I sometimes use other pedals for more variety. But the delay, overdrive and reverb offer the basic essentials. My only criticisms is that the controls knobs are microscopically small for my middle aged eyes. You cannot see them if the unit is on the floor and the settings get moved around when I take it in and out of my gig bag. I do not find the drift effect to be useful either. I get many compliments on my tone and guitarists are surprised by setup. Tech 21 makes great products and they have good customer support.

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        5.0

        Great Piece of Equipment

        By Fiddler's Friend

        from Lexington, SC

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 Multi Effects Pedal:

          Love the sound this little piece produces. It's light and compact. It saves my back. I use to carry a lot of other gadgets to get the sound I needed and now all I need is this.

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          5.0

          Great unit, easy to use

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          By eastern Oregon guy

          from LaGrande Or.

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Direct To Pa
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording
          • Solo Gigs

          Comments about Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 Multi Effects Pedal:

          Out of the box, plugged into the board and recording within the first 15 minutes...what more can you ask? Sounds are spot on, (although why is there no built in tuner?) I took it to the small gig and plugged into the p.a. Had lots of positive comments from the audience about the guitar sound. This unit will stay in my effects arsenal. I have used Line 6 multi-ffect (PODXT) and various other multiEFX pedals and pedal boards. This is the easiest to use and create clean and soloing sounds yet. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to streamline their pedal board.

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          2.0

          I liked it but....

          By TruthSeeker

          from Northeast US

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Poor Sound Quality

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 Multi Effects Pedal:

          This multi-effects pedal is mechanically robust, and it delivers what it advertises. I was able to dial in the desired effects I was looking for, which was pretty cool. Also, being compact, it was easy to carry and go. Overall, this pedal was disappointing because of the white-noise-hiss produced by the unit. I tried and tried to minimize the hiss, but could not completely alleviate the issue. For some, this might not be an issue. However, for me, I just couldn't get past it. PS: Tech 21 is a very good company, they just missed the mark a-little bit on this one.

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          5.0

          Great multi-effect, good sounds

          By Duo Jet

          from Elkton, MD

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 Multi Effects Pedal:

          The booklet gives great starting points for a variety of genres. It is a relatively simple array of sounds, so it easy to adjust and find tones that I liked. Very compact, easy to pack. Works well thru Tech 21 Power Engine 60 or thru a regular amp. Easy for this to be my entire rig. Nice!

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          (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Useless Plexi, great Echo

          By cybergall

          from New Jersey

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Ill-conceived Design
          • Poor Sound Quality
          • Very Noisy

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 Multi Effects Pedal:

          I was using this in front of an amp for small club gigs. The various effects that are on this pedal are exactly what one would need. The delay is phenomenal and the chorus effect that you can get from it is phenomenal as well. Worth the price of admission. However, the Plexi effect was shrill and extremely hissy. Probably the worst distortion I've ever heard. My other gripe is that the independent boost is in front of the signal chain. Also completely useless. For a working musician, the boost would have been much more useful at the end of the chain so that you can boost the actual level, instead of the gain, while taking solos. It's a shame. I can't imagine how this pedal could have been conceived by actual gigging musicians.

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          5.0

          Game Changer

          By Jazzwah

          from Chicago

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Can Be Hissy
          • No Dc Power Option
          • No Fx Loop

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 Multi Effects Pedal:

          Fantastic sound ! Very responsive. It contains the essentials that I need. I just add a Wah before and a volume pedal after and I'm good to go for most gigs. The Sans Amp is terrific for shaping tone. I can't believe how good this thing sounds. It's so light and small that I can put it in my gig bag along with Wah and volume and I'm cool. It's built very well. You could easily build a great pedalboard around this unit. As a matter of fact, I'm selling a boutique pedal to buy the Ritchie Kotzen version. The only way to make it better in my opinion would be to add an effects loop and make it DC powered. Frankly, I've paid more for distortion pedals alone that weren't as good as the the distortion on this unit. Buy it and don't look back.

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