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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 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (10)
  • Good selection of effects (8)
  • Responsive (8)
  • Excellent sound quality (7)
  • Versatile (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (8)
  • Home studio (7)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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5.0

What will I do with all my pedals now?

By Jason

from Lafayette, GA

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • 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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    Pros

    • 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.

         
        4.0

        It sounds good but it has limited usage

        By jdog

        from Minnesota

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        Pros

        • 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

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Reviewer

          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.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            RKS Fly Rig

            By Asa

            from New York, NY

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

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

              This is a real sweet unit. Works well. My only criticism of the unit is
              that the controls are very small. I would suggest making the dials larger.
              That might entail making the unit bigger but it is quite small right now and could
              stand being a little bigger. Otherwise it works well and I especially
              like the delay section.

               
              5.0

              Almost everything in one little box

              By tatts

              from Niantic,Il.

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

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

                First thing I can't believe all the effects I get out of this small box but when you start using it you can see why. I bought the extra knobs for adjusting the different parameters . For the price I paid they should have thrown them in. You just have to try one there's to many good things to say about it. Great job Sans Amp.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Keep it simple but still sound Amazing

                By fatjack

                from Bakersfield,CA

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                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

                Great product!

                By DJ

                from San Diego, CA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

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

                  Sounds great paired with my Fender Pro Jr which is a class A amp with Volume and Tone control. The OMG distortion gives great over drive. The boost switch works fairly well after you get your output volume set. Reverb on the Sans amp portion gives just enough slap back and the amp simulator you can dial in the cool Marshall compressed sound. Delay works well. Add a Wampler compressor to the front to get that extra sparkle from the clean settings and more harmonics with the drive channel. I play venues with a full band and barely crank the amp over 3-4. Light weight and easy to move.

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