For the bulk of his 2014 tour with the Winery Dogs and his recent solo tour, Richie Kotzen has been using the final prototype of his Tech 21 RK5 Signature Fly Rig. Countless sightings and questions have been posted in social media by fans wanting to know about the mysterious red pedal. After an intense, year-long collaboration, the Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig is scheduled to begin shipping the week of December 1st.
Meticulous about every facet of his playing, singing, songwriting, and tone, Kotzen’s attention to the details of this pedal was equally focused. What distinguishes the RK5 from the Fly Rig 5 is Kotzen’s Signature OMG overdrive. Tuned specifically to Richie’s ear, the OMG section brings in organic Class A-style distortion, but with a tighter, snappier response.
While Kotzen uses his RK5 in conjunction with his standard amp set-up, this sleek, compact unit embodies an entire rig on its own. The RK5 offers the same essential assortment of features as the Fly Rig 5.
At its heart, is the all-analog SansAmp, which makes it possible to go direct to a P.A. system or mixer. Effects include a reverb voiced to create the rich ambiance of a vintage spring reverb; a delay with tap tempo and adjustable tape drift-style modulation; a powerful boost with up to 21dB of additional pre-amp gain, which operates independently to punch up any of the other functions.
The Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig sports a red anodized finish, measures less than 12 inches wide and weighs less than 19 oz. It is perfectly sized to pop into your guitar case or backpack and head for the door. Manufactured in the U.S.A.