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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.

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
 
4.3

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (21)
  • Excellent sound quality (16)
  • Good selection of effects (16)
  • Versatile (16)
  • Responsive (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (17)
  • Home studio (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (8)
  • Professional recording (8)
  • Amateur recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I LOVE it!

I was lucky to stumble on a Fly Rig in a store in Manhattan and bought it on the spot. I had heard about it before and watched all the Tech21 videos and whatever...Read complete review

I was lucky to stumble on a Fly Rig in a store in Manhattan and bought it on the spot. I had heard about it before and watched all the Tech21 videos and whatever I could find. I've gigged with it since and made a video review that I tried to link here. What I love about it is the load in and set up time. No more amps and pedalboards, at least for certain gigs - weddings, tough commute or load ins. There's no compromise in tone, however you will rely on whatever monitor you have. It can be different and uncomfortable if you are used to hearing a great tube amp pushing air behind you. Just remember - the sound guy will have a much better control over your "crazy" volume (they love that) and you'll sound great in the house. Again, if the monitor mix sucks, you'll be challenged, but then again the set up and break down time for a gig can be beat only by a singer, maybe... It takes a little time to get to know it. The Good: Cleans up AMAZING from the guitar volume; Controls are interactive and go beyond what you expect; Super solid build; Light and small; Doesn't pop when you unplug the cable on the input REVERB!!!! SansAmps always needed it IMHO, now finally it's built in and sounds great. Most Hi-Fi systems (and PAs) are bass heavy compared to what we guitarists like to hear so I found out I like to cut low end and add plenty of mid and treble. That's where I find it sits best in the mix. The boost really cranks up the overall level with the Sansamp on clean settings, it only adds gain and grit to the Hot Plexi with drive. I think it's amazing and making it much easier to gig with. The Chorus setting with the suggested setting in the manual gives you a significant volume boost (not ok for what I do) so backing off the level makes it unity gain and I still get some chorusing. Not the best, but very useful. The delay is a nice addition. Tap Tempo! Self oscillating! A bit too clean for my taste... With the Hot Plexi and Sansamp I can get a variety of tones: What I use for weddings and club dates: Pristine blackface clean on the sansamp, with plexi with whatever I like amount of dirt and boost for solos. I use the tone on the guitar to make things right for jazz, or tame treble from the Plexi for epic leads. (The treble is great for crunchy rhythm, or SRV type of lead) It's cool to get a clean setting on the plexi. It's a different ball game the gain stage on the sansamp. It has a dirt on it's own, very nice. A little crunch from both the sansamp and the hot plexi - MMMM thick tone, so tasty! Oh yeah, almost forgot, I sometimes use it with a QSC K12 if I have a double and I have to play acoustic too. The Fly Rig into the K12 - holy moly, it's like having a real tube amp. For the money it's hard to beat. Check out my band B11 - guitar instrumental music for the tasty guitar aficionados. plug haha? sorry Thanks, Boyan

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I liked it but....

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,...Read complete review

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

Well worth the price!

By Kj

from Detroit Michigan

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 Multi Effects Pedal:

    Bought it as a way to jam other places without hauling my heavy tube amp around it sound fantastic and I will probably use it all the time great piece if you have back issues love it!

     
    4.0

    Analog sound indeed.

    By Sheppard tighter

    from Rosenberg Texas

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 Multi Effects Pedal:

      This unit is very small, when you see the videos in YouTube you don't really grasp how little this device is. The sound is not for metal, it's more on the rock and blues side. The delay and sansamp are great. I have a metalmuff and I run it through the flyrig and now we're talking business.

       
      5.0

      I used it live on stage and it sounded great

      By Sergio

      from Baltimore MD

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy to use
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 Multi Effects Pedal:

        I finally used it live on a stage during an open air concert (connected with an old Fender tube amp) and it sounded amazing. I was happy I had the sound I wanted without having to carry with me the whole pedal board. The SansAmp and the Delay worked great, the Plexi was kept pretty flat to avoid (for me) over distortion. Overall I am very happy and I will be using this much more in the future

         
        3.0

        Mixed feelings

        By Rudy Schenker

        from Tampa, FL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Ease of use
        • Excellant SansAmp sound quality
        • Good Delay/ Chorus feature
        • Responsive

        Cons

        • Inadequate distortion/ boost
        • Limited Selection Of Effects
        • No tuner

        Best Uses

          Comments about Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 Multi Effects Pedal:

          Ive been waiting for this idea for a long time, bought it, played it for 5 minutes, packed it back up and returned it...sadly! I am a professional musician in the tribute band scene who does fly gigs often and its such a HUGE hassle getting your gear through the airport. I love the idea of this compact pedal and for the most part its well built but unfortunately it falls short. LOVE the Delay/ Chorus and SansAmp! HATE the distortion and boost! In my opinion, when it comes to distortion, its always better to have "more" and not need it rather than need it and not have enough. The distortion is week and the boost doesn't "boost" the way it was implied on the demo video. Give the distortion more crunch and make the boost actually boost (volume) like when playing leads and I'll buy another in a heart beat!! And one other thing, PLEASE incorporate some sort of tuner and you'd have the hottest selling piece on the market!! The RK5 isn't any better unless you like that muddy, bluesy distortion. But for Hard rock/ metal... this is not for you.

           
          5.0

          Fantastic addition!

          By Aaron

          from Florida

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 Multi Effects Pedal:

            I bought this for two reason purposes. One was so that I don't always have to bring my large and fairly heavy pedalboard and the other was for when I'm going direct to PA. It works great for both things. It fits in my gig bag. The delay is excellent, the sans amp and speaker simulator work great and the distortion unit is also great. In fact I like it way better than the Tube Screamer that I've been using.

             
            4.0

            love it

            By Brother Timothy Clark

            from New Florence, Pennsylvania

            About Me Experienced

            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 Fly Rig 5 Multi Effects Pedal:

              this unit is a nice piece of gear.
              it has a great delay, nice plexi and beautiful sansamp section.
              my problem is the reverb. there isn't enough on tap for what i wish to do. also, it's not the type of reverb i want. however, i don't hold this against tech21. it's just a personal gripe. another thing i don't really care for is the small nobbies.
              other then those two things, the pedal is amazing and if you ask if i would purchase another one again, well you could bet your best guitar i would. their worth every penny. yes, i've gripes with the pedal, it's not perfect but then again, what pedal is?

              it interacts nice with my acoustic guitar and my electrics that i own. i own a few wampler boxes and i pretty much only need 1 box and that's the fly rig 5. it gives me all the tone i need and all of the effects i need. it works great with other pedals when you want that special type of reverb or special type of compression or what have you.

              as a recording musician who does praise and worship, i use this pedal for just about everything. you can dile in beautiful delays for the solo of your track and a fairly nice reverb if you are into those spring tanks found on fender amps. for me, i'm a fan of the stand alone 63 spring reverb tanks. you can see why the reverb isn't always the ticket to what i need. that aside, the reverb found on the fly rig is nice for rhythm and yes if you don't have the verb you want then it would and does work in a pinch. i use it all the time being as it sounds so smooth and organic.

              hope this review helps somebody.

              shalom.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              It has a great sound

              By Sergio

              from Baltimore MD

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Jam Sessions
                • Performances

                Comments about Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 Multi Effects Pedal:

                I got this effect to be used when I have to go to a jam/open mic event and I don't want to take my whole array, or when I play in a small club,where space is limited. It is light and compact and it does sound well. I have not tried it yet directly into the PA, but I will soon. When engaged, I keep my amp flat and I don't experience any hiss or noise.

                 
                4.0

                I would buy again

                By John

                from undisclosed

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 Multi Effects Pedal:

                Purchased this as a backup amp. I use a Mesa Boogie 5:50+ as my main amp. This Fly Rig will never replace my Mesa but it is very good backup.

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Missing One thing...

                By Chicken Bone George

                from SAnta Cruz, CA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 Multi Effects Pedal:

                  I would trade the Plexi for a built-in tuner any day!
                  DLA,SANS, perfect. light and versatile.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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