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Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig Guitar Effects Pedal 

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The Richie Kotzen Signature RK5 Fly Rig is not simply another version of the Fly Rig 5 with his name screened on it. The RK5 was developed in close c...Click To Read More About This Product

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An all-in-one pedal with a tube amplifier emulator and four essential effects just like the rig Kotzen plays himself.

The Richie Kotzen Signature RK5 Fly Rig is not simply another version of the Fly Rig 5 with his name screened on it. The RK5 was developed in close collaboration with Richie, whose input was invaluable. Meticulous about every facet of his playing, singing, songwriting and tone, Richies attention to the details of this pedal was nothing less. For the bulk of his 2014 tour with the Winery Dogs, Richie used the final prototype while we were busy getting everything lined up for production. Richie is also using the prototype for his 2015 solo tour.

While Richie primarily uses his RK5 live in conjunction with his standard amp rig, this sleek, compact unit embodies an entire rig on its own. At its heart, is the all-analog SansAmp, which makes it possible to go direct to a PA or mixer. For effects, you have the essentials: a reverb, a delay with tap tempo, a powerful boost, and Richies Signature OMG overdrive.

For fly gigs across the globe, jamming at the local hang, and last minute sessions, youll be the first one ready to go. You can stop stressing over what to pack and agonizing over what to leave behind. You can stop dreading cheesy backline loaners and overheating at the mere thought of your touring rig going down. Just pop your RK5 into your guitar case and head for the door.

FEATURES
  • SansAmp tube amplifier emulator, is pre-voiced for clean tones with 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 and emulates the rich ambiances of a vintage spring reverb without clattery pings, canyons of doom, or other annoying artifacts
  • OMG overdrive, based upon Richie' Signature OMG pedal, brings in the organic distortion of single power tube Class A amplifiers, but with a tighter, quicker and snappier response. Includes Level, Tone and Drive controls
  • Boost, within the OMG 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 and 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
  • 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
  • All-metal housing
  • Metal footswitches and jacks
  • 1/4" high-impedance input
  • 1/4" low-impedance output
  • Silent-switching, custom footswitch actuators
  • Utilizes included œauto-switching 12V DC power supply which self-adjusts to 100V-240V and can be used anywhere in the world with the proper plug/travel adapter for the host country
  • Dimensions: 11.5" x 2.5" x 1.25"
  • Weight: 18.6 oz.

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Tech 21Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 14 reviews)

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Pros

  • Compact (13)
  • Good selection of effects (11)
  • Responsive (10)
  • Excellent sound quality (9)
  • Versatile (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (11)
  • Home studio (9)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (7)

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It sounds good but it has limited usage

It sounds good in certain applications. Very responsive. Lots of depth and warmth. Better than any multi effects pedal board I've ever owned (and I've tried them all it seems). If you...Read complete review

It sounds good in certain applications. Very responsive. Lots of depth and warmth. Better than any multi effects pedal board I've ever owned (and I've tried them all it seems). If you are buying this to use direct into the PA or powered speaker for jams it's absolutely perfect. If you are buying it to go direct for a live show. I'm guessing it will work well if you are a one guitar band but would probably get lost in the mix if there are two guitars. The OMG overdrive sounds really nice. However, not a lot of mids there. Pretty dark sounding. Almost too much gain all around. So it feels a little compressed and squishy. I boost the mids with a Boss overdrive to cut through. Which sort of defeats the purpose. And the gain isn't really metal (80s or otherwise). It's not really hair metal 80s sounding at all. It's more like a dark Fender solid state distortion tone but with more feel and dynamics. Overall it feels more tube than Solid State. I've found the unit sounds the absolute best through the Effects return on a solid state amp I own. Don't like it through effects return on my tube amp. The effects are great when using it direct or through the effects loop. Very nice reverb and great delay. However, they are useless in front of an amp with any gain coming from the amp. Also, the unit is noisy no matter how you use it so putting it in front of an already gritty amp like a marshall exaggerates it. Finally, the boost is pretty much useless. It's only going to actually 'boost' if you aren't using a lot of gain before you hit it and like I said earlier there's almost too much gain from the OMG regardless of where you set the dial. If you are looking for a simple direct unit that can pass for tube sounding and you enjoy the Fender overdrive and distortion sounds, this pedal is for you. If you need a back up that will sound really sweet if you're tube amp goes down mid show. Perfect. If you are looking for a marshall sound in a tiny pedal. Look elsewhere.

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The jury is still out

I've used this once in a club setting through the effects return of an open back tube amp and it sounded a bit dark. I want to try this through a full range speaker...Read complete review

I've used this once in a club setting through the effects return of an open back tube amp and it sounded a bit dark. I want to try this through a full range speaker system before final judgement.

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4.0

It sounds good but it has limited usage

By jdog1

from Minnesota

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  • Compact Design
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig Guitar Effects Pedal:

    It sounds good in certain applications. Very responsive. Lots of depth and warmth. Better than any multi effects pedal board I've ever owned (and I've tried them all it seems). If you are buying this to use direct into the PA or powered speaker for jams it's absolutely perfect. If you are buying it to go direct for a live show. I'm guessing it will work well if you are a one guitar band but would probably get lost in the mix if there are two guitars. The OMG overdrive sounds really nice. However, not a lot of mids there. Pretty dark sounding. Almost too much gain all around. So it feels a little compressed and squishy. I boost the mids with a Boss overdrive to cut through. Which sort of defeats the purpose. And the gain isn't really metal (80s or otherwise). It's not really hair metal 80s sounding at all. It's more like a dark Fender solid state distortion tone but with more feel and dynamics. Overall it feels more tube than Solid State. I've found the unit sounds the absolute best through the Effects return on a solid state amp I own. Don't like it through effects return on my tube amp. The effects are great when using it direct or through the effects loop. Very nice reverb and great delay. However, they are useless in front of an amp with any gain coming from the amp. Also, the unit is noisy no matter how you use it so putting it in front of an already gritty amp like a marshall exaggerates it. Finally, the boost is pretty much useless. It's only going to actually 'boost' if you aren't using a lot of gain before you hit it and like I said earlier there's almost too much gain from the OMG regardless of where you set the dial. If you are looking for a simple direct unit that can pass for tube sounding and you enjoy the Fender overdrive and distortion sounds, this pedal is for you. If you need a back up that will sound really sweet if you're tube amp goes down mid show. Perfect. If you are looking for a marshall sound in a tiny pedal. Look elsewhere.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Why Did I JUST Get This?

    By Bradley

    from Oklahoma City America

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Why on Earth did I JUST discover this... About a month ago, my amp cratered just before a show and I borrowed one of these from our engineer who keeps one all the time as a backline backup. Wasn't expecting anything special. Was I ever surprised. I will never do a show without this with me ever again and.... last weekend I did a show with no amp and this direct to PA and it worked great. Added a Keeley Modded Boss TR-2 Trem to the output prior to the PA, added a Ernie Ball volume pedal and a TU-2 tuner in front and voila... rock and roll show. Rig-up took about 5 minutes after unpacking. Tech 21 really has captured a totally organic tone here and to add in RK's OMG drive pedal makes this just about perfect. Given it's physical size (really small, yet plenty big for adjustments and foot switch access), I'd give it 6 stars if that was an option. Couldn't be happier.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Keep it simple but still sound Amazing

      By fatjack

      from Bakersfield,CA

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Wish I found it sooner

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances
      • Small bar stages

      Comments about Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I have lots of pedals and boards. Large and small. This amazing RK5 Makes late night gig life Kick (insert profanity). It has all the basics anyone would ever need. Pro or beginner. Can't believe the low price for all this packs. My band loves it. I love it. I don't use anything but this now. I run it through a clean fender hot rod deluxe III My fenders,G&L and Les Paul sound great with this set up. Don't be the guy bending over adjusting the large pedal board all night trying to dial it in. Keep it simple and enjoy playing guitar again. It cost less than some single pedals I purchased. Oh well, live and learn.

       
      4.0

      Replaces Amp for Most Applications

      By CJ

      from Maine

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I got this to use for band practice, restaurant work, recording, open mics. It does what I want and saves lugging a guitar amp. I just go straight into the PA. For a full band playing live, I may have to go with back-line amp, but that's not the immediate work I have coming up. However, I would still plan to take the RK5 as a backup. All I am adding to it is a tuner pedal, and sometimes a compressor. It has a choice of gain stages, reverb and delay - just about all I need. I like the boost button.

         
        5.0

        This pedal is a BEAST!!

        By Cody

        from Denton, TX

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig Guitar Effects Pedal:

          The mobility is insane! Lots of tones without having to carry a board or amp around. The delay is fantastic. Heavy distortion that rivals my MESA.
          I had hard time choosing between the RK5 and the Plexi FR. I give it 5 stars for sound, convenience, and quality; however, I am returning it for the FR5 Plexi tones to add some versatility to my full rig (vs. the redundancy of the Mesa and RK5. It's an excellent backup, though).

          Also, the OMG distortion sounded better through my old Drive practice amp than my Blues Deluxe Reissue.

           
          4.0

          Overall very good pedal.

          By Greg

          from Orlando Florida

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Good Selection Of Effects

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Professional musician in the Orlando area. Using it in front of a Fender Twin with a Tube Screamer. Between the Tube Screamer and the OMG, I'm getting every level of distortion and saturation I need. The EQ is a nice feature as well as onboard reverb. Overall good pedal.

             
            5.0

            What will I do with all my pedals now?

            By Jason

            from Lafayette,GA

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            • Compact Design
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Versatile

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              • Performances

              Comments about Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig Guitar Effects Pedal:

              There are lots of videos on this pedal some good some bad. There is a lot of talk about the noise of this pedal. If you know how to set it up and do not dime out everything then it is not a problem. I set the sans section up for a mild crunch with reverb. The great thing this pedal does is that you can hit the boost and get more crunch or set it for a lead. OR you can hit the OMG and go into a 2nd channel effect and still have boost. LOTS of possibilities in a very small footprint. I run this into a ZT lunchbox with the ext cabinet and I don't have any problem playing over a drummer.

               
              5.0

              Highly recommend

              By Jimi

              from Florida

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig Guitar Effects Pedal:

                running the Tech 21 thru 140 watt tiny monitor in my face and direct to the board . 4 - 1000 watt 2x15"cabs and 4 - 1000 watt bass bins .. sounds huge .. like it

                 
                3.0

                The jury is still out

                By Magic

                from Las Vegas, NV

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Responsive

                Cons

                • Limited Selection Of Effects
                • Poor Sound Quality

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig Guitar Effects Pedal:

                I've used this once in a club setting through the effects return of an open back tube amp and it sounded a bit dark. I want to try this through a full range speaker system before final judgement.

                 
                5.0

                OMG I finally found a pedal I will keep!

                By amosrudy

                from AZ

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  This 3 in 1 pedal is great. I have bought at least 15 to 18 pedals for all different prices and resold almost all of them because they were not for me. I did not know who Ritchie Kotzen was before I bought this pedal. I did set this pedal to his particular settings as a starting point, and then tweeked them. From Rockabilly to Floyd is what I have found. If it had a tremelo setting .... well that would be nice. The hidden chorus is good. The simplicity of this unit is what I believe makes it great. It does have a little noise but I can live with that, some pedals I've owned were to noisey to use for any recording. I plug this directly into garageband and get a great sound.

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