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Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig Guitar Effects Pedal

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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
 
4.5

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Pros

  • Compact (16)
  • Good selection of effects (14)
  • Excellent sound quality (12)
  • Responsive (12)
  • Versatile (11)

Cons

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  • Performances (14)
  • Home studio (12)
  • Professional recording (7)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
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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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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 Fatjack66

      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

      Happy Customer

      By Jfu222

      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
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        It's a great unit without a doubt. For a grab and go rig to rehearsals or last minute gigs/jams you can be can be confident that you have a fighting chance at good tone no matter what type of gear you plug into. I mostly focus on country/twang Gtr and I can get some good sounds out of this.. a compressor would have been awesome but not needed. I do wish there was a headphone output though as this would be great for private practice. I chose the RK5 over the others because I could get a little more beef out of the sansamp. It's a little "fuller" sounding than the plexi. The OMG can get really heavy so I use it very sparingly. Great device!

         
        5.0

        EXCELLENT TRAVEL RIG!

        By Tuck

        from Port Orchard, WA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

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

          After recommendations from friends, and many hours of research, I decided to buy the RK5 for an upcoming trip and for my solo act. The unit works equally well running through a guitar amplifier or a mixing board. Although I've only had it for a short time, the all steel case and rugged design makes me feel confident that it will stand up to the rigors of the road. Some people have states that it's noisy, but I haven't experienced that problem. I'm Totally sold on the RK5!!

           
          4.0

          Needs a built-in tuner...

          By Moony

          from Naples, FL

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

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

            This thing would be great if it had a tuner built in... and while your at it run a mic input/output with reverb.

             
            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
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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 Arizona

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                      • 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.

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        RKS Fly Rig

                        By Asa

                        from New York, NY

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

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                          • 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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                          • Compact Design
                          • Excellent Sound Quality
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                            • 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.

                             
                            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.

                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Excellent - but I returned it

                              By Wildwind

                              from Lansing, MI

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

                              Despite published (private) reviews, the clean channels do not sound the same. In one spot they match up, but that spot isn't ideal for either IMO.

                              Per Tech 21, RK5 is in Deluxe terrority; the FR5 in Twin territory.

                              Also the OD channel of the RK5 was too saturated for my tastes. I returned the RK5 with no hassle and an FR5 is on its way. I had borrowed my friend's and ran them side-by-side. FR5 is fantastic and more to my tastes.

                              Also, both units play very well other pedals. My FullDrive 3 is amazing with both and makes live gigging even better.

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