Tech 21 Richie Kotzen Signature RK5 Fly Rig Multi-effects Pedal

Signature Multi-effects Pedal with Reverb, Delay, Overdrive, and Boost
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Your One-pedal Gig Solution

Tech 21 teamed up with Richie Kotzen from the Winery Dogs to create the Richie Kotzen RK5 Fly Rig effects pedal for electric guitar, and it's ready to be your complete live rig. With Richie's signature OMG overdrive plus delay, reverb, a powerful volume boost, and SansAmp cabinet simulation give you an outstanding sonic toolset for any gig or recording session. Gigging guitarists at Sweetwater know that it's not always ideal to bring your full guitar amp rig to every gig. When you need to hit the stage with minimal gear, grab the Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Fly Rig.

Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Fly Rig Multi-effects Pedal at a Glance:
  • Richie Kotzen's signature OMG overdrive
  • SansAmp section comes complete with Boost RVB ambience
  • DLA section tops off your sound with vintage tape echo
Richie Kotzen's signature OMG overdrive

Based on Richie's OMG overdrive pedal, the overdrive section in the RK5 Fly Rig is voiced to sound like a sweet Class A tube amplifier. It's optimized for a tighter, quicker, snappier response, and you get level, tone, and drive controls to shape your sound. If you're after rich, vintage distortion for blues, classic rock, and other styles, the RK5 Fly Rig will serve you well.

SansAmp section comes complete with Boost RVB ambience

With all of the awesome guitar pedals and processors you'll find at Sweetwater, the SansAmp lineage is one of the most universally respected names in amp modeling. That's why we were absolutely thrilled when Tech 21 put a classic SansAmp analog preamp at the heart of the RK5 Fly Rig. Pre-voiced for clean tones, this preamp delivers all of the warmth and dimension you'd expect from a vintage tube amp, and when you crank up the drive control, you'll be rewarded with a variable range of texture and overdrive. A 3-band EQ lets you sculpt your tone, and an analog reverb based on the Boost RVB pedal provides you with a classic spring reverb sound that's so authentic, it'll have you looking for the reverb tank.

DLA section tops off your sound with vintage tape echo

A touch of delay is the perfect dash of sonic seasoning to kick up your guitar tone, and the RK5 Fly Rig more than delivers. The RK5 Fly Rig's DLA section is based on the popular Boost DLA vintage tape echo pedal. A range of between 28ms and 1,000ms dials in slap delays, long trailing ambiences, and anything in between. One of the coolest things about this delay section is the Drift control, which adds a dose of random modulation to enhance your sound. What's more, there's a dedicated tap tempo switch onboard, which makes it easy to adjust your delay timing on the fly.

Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Fly Rig Multi-effects Pedal Features:
  • Signature Richie Kotzen multi-effects pedal for electric guitar
  • Includes OMG Overdrive, Delay with Tap Tempo, Reverb, Boost, and SansAmp
  • SansAmp amplifier emulation section offers you a massive range of amp tone
  • Built-in parallel reverb lets you blend in smooth spring reverb sound
  • DLA section provides vintage tube echo with adjustable modulation and tap-tempo control
  • Entire pedal packs comfortably in your case or gig bag - no more clunky pedalboards!
  • Utilizes included 12V DC power supply, 150mA, center negative, North America: Model #DC3-A
  • All-analog signal path ensures high-quality sound that responds smoothly to your playing
The Tech 21 RK5 Fly Rig is everything you need at a gig!

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Multi-FX
Analog Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Analog Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Power Source 12V DC 200mA power supply, center negative (included)
Power Supply Included Yes
Height 1.25"
Width 11.5"
Depth 2.5"
Weight 1.16 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number RK5

Customer Reviews

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I'm not a Richie Kotzen fanatic but I feel that he is a very versatile guitarist. He can go from an extreme hard rock tone to a funky soulful rhythm and blues type of tone and that's what I was looking for. Something that can cover all the tonal bases. And this certainly does. Having played this and the Fly Rig Plexi I felt this has more oomph then the Plexi version. The overdrive section I felt had a more over the top tone then the plexi version. And it's analog and not digital. I basically plug this right into my amps. A Peavey Classic 50 or my Laney T115 Tony Iommi.. I also love to plug this direct into a small mixer that I have so I can use it as a silent practice rig at night with headphones.What else can I say? I love this thing.
Music background: Collector and Enthusiast

Expressive, touch sensitive and tasty!

I can't believe how flexible this thing is. Every knob makes a difference and the gain structures allow for almost any style of music. If you're the kind of player that likes to adjust your volume knob to fine-tune your clean/dirty amounts within a song then this is the pedal for you. The Sansamp and OMG sections are incredibly responsive and take to adjustments from the guitar in superbly musical ways. The DLA sounds better than most actual tape delays and it's so good that I hate turning it off. I'd buy this again in a heartbeat if anything ever happened to it. Not sure if the "everything on 10" crowd will get how impressive this thing is but I'm sure that tone aficionados and working pros will get it.
Music background: 37 years as a pro multi-instrumentalist.


I'm blown way on how good it sounds. I'm using with a PRS HXDA Amp, that is basically a Tuned Marshall Plexi. For me all the effects sound great, especially the OMG Drive/Distortion.Great for lightweight gigs, it's a great allrounder.
Music background: Guitarrist/ Music Production


Surprised! This thing gives much more flexibility than I thought it would. With several different gain stages, reverb, and tap tempo, the rk5 really can be a one-and-done. Sounds great straight in to the board, or in to a powered speaker, the sans amp section is very realistic. If I used a clip-on tuner, the rk5 would be all I carried to a jam or simple set. My signal chain is: wireless, tuner, fuzz, flanger, rk5, delay, direct box. I gig with a modeler, and my set-up is complex, but for me the rk5 is an awesome light weight, simple set-up.
Music background: Lead electric 1/2

OMG! No pun intended

Honestly, wasn't expecting to be blown away right out of the box. It arrived through FedEx 30 min before I left for my gig yesterday (paddys day). Didn't even have time to test it. PA was a Bose L1 model 2. No amps. Direct. I kept saying quietly to myself throughout the night "omg!! this thing is amazing!". Not only sounds great, but will fit easily into gig bag to take to open jams or whatever. Fantastic. I have a Kemper and a boss GT10, the rk5 is my new direct rig just because of how small it is. Much better tone than the GT10 but not as many options as both, obviously. Kemper is still the champ of direct tone for me, but it's still just more gear to carry - 6 space rack and behrenger fcb1010 with case. No fun on a train in NYC at 2am. The boost kicks the front of the distortion, so with high gain it doesn't raise the volume much. Just gets more dirty. Not sure if that's changeable. Honestly. With a tuner on your headstock, this could be all you need. Holy grail of back up rigs lol if your amp ever takes a number 2, which is no fun if you've ever experienced that. Ps. This thing sounds greattttt, OMG!!! (Pun intended)
Music background: Full time musician, part time sound engineer
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