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... Click To Read More About This Product
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.
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Comments about Tech 21 Fly Rig 5-CALI:
I listened to the Plexi and Kotzen and Brit models but this one was "Just Right". It's not really all analog but it is MOSTLY analog and it sounds very nice. The delay can sound very chorus like and the reverb is very usable. Very nice cleans but goes clean to crunch to creamy very quickly and musically. All 4 level knobs allow for a unity gain that keeps the voices and tones but doesn't start blasting when a different button is pushed. My multi pedals could not do that without spending way more time on it than I had between songs. I am much more relaxed and focused on the music/worship. Our sound people seem a little happier. I made a bracket for it and it sits at the top of my Manhasset instead of on the floor so I can adjust the little knobs easier. I have not played my Strat through it yet but I have used coil split from my G&L for single coil sound and the Cali is pretty amazing. This and my Baggs Para DI are the best purchases I have made in a long time.
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