Tech 21 has added two new products to their Fly Rig range, the Brit and Cali. Both units are compact and designed to fit easily into a gig bag and let you travel light to your next live show.
After the addition of the Bass Fly Rig earlier this year, it’s good to see two new models released by Tech 21 for guitarists. The concept is a simple one: make a gig bag-sized set of core effects that allow players to travel light and still achieve great guitar tones. The aim is to free players from lugging around a large pedal board or collection of individual effects.
Both the Brit and Cali Fly Rigs incorporate a Tech 21 preamp section, a reverb and a delay for adding some space to your sound. They differ in the distortion section; as you may have guessed, the Brit is a UK-type (read: Marshall) sound, whereas the Cali is a more American, saturated tone. Expect the Cali to be more in your face and possibly ‘hair metal’, while the Brit should be a little more ‘classic rock’.
Both sounds have their place and as these have only just been announced I have yet to hear them being played in anger by anyone. I assume they will offer the usual high-quality analogue Sansamp-style preamp and therefore should be pretty good.
The inbuilt reverb is based on a spring reverb and is complemented by a delay with a tap tempo feature. Each Fly Rig section is broken down into distinct sections, with each set of control knobs lighting up with a different set of colours to allow ease of use on stage.
You may, of course, have seen Richie Kotzen using his signature version of the Fly Rig, as he tends to fly into the UK and just use that and his Telecaster into a hired Marshall back line. If a pro player like Mr Kotzen can get away with using them, then so can you.
RRP – USD $249 plus shipping and taxes, available November
For more details on the Brit and Cali Fly Rigs, check out the Tech 21 site