It’s been nearly 5 years since Richie Kotzen and Tech21 got together to make the RK5. Now we’re faced with Fly Rig RK5 V2, an update that adds new features to reflect Mr Kotzen’s “changed needs”.
RK5 Signature Fly Rig V2
Richie Kotzen is a well-respected solo artist and former guitarist of the glam metal band Poison. Over the years he has endorsed a few products including amps from the now-defunct Cornford Amps the RK50C with Victory Amps. He also has a few guitar model endorsements, his Fender Signature Telecaster, for example.
Then, of course, there was the Fly Rig multi-effects pedal from Tech21. His needs in the effects department have grown in the last 5 years or so, Tech21 tells us, resulting in changes to the RK5 Fly Rig that adds a few new goodies.
New V2 features
So what’s new in V2, For one thing, the reverb effect is now separately switchable. The OMG Overdrive can now also be used in Fuzz mode and the Boost has a switchable FET-based compressor in the style of the 50s and 60s. In addition, a chromatic tuner is now installed. For people who want an all-in-one device, this makes a lot of sense. Anyone who missed modulation effects in V1 can now look forward to the new added Leslie-style Rotary Speaker effect. V2 also has a useful headphone output and a DI-Out in XLR format, useful for both stage and the studio work.
Looks like a good update for this guitar multi-effects pedal. It looks quite compelling for players that need to travel light. You can hear it in action below, as Richie takes us through what it can do and gives us an overview of its features.
RRP – USD 329 plus tax
- Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 V2 now with Boost and Compressor: Tech 21
- The RK5 V2 has a XLR DI-Out - handy.: Tech 21
- RK5 V2 has a separate reverb footswitch: Tech 21