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Tech 21 SansAmp Acoustic Fly-Rig Takes Acoustic Guitar Tone to New Heights
Tech 21 has expanded its line of Fly-Rig units with the SansAmp Acoustic Fly-Rig. This new device gives acoustic guitarists access to the same grab-and-go functionality that, up to now, has only been available to electric guitar players and bassists.
The Acoustic Fly-Rig is specially tailored to complement the traits and nuances of the acoustic guitar. It delivers professional tones and effects in a highly compact unit and is ideal for touring musicians or for those who value portability and simplicity.
Tech 21 SansAmp Fly-Rigs are based on SansAmp technology, which uses analogue electronics to model guitar amplifiers ('sans amp' literally translating to 'without amp'). Fly-Rigs combine this technology with multiple effects in a tiny chassis, designed to be a complete solution for generating guitar and bass tones. They are intended to do-away with complex pedalboards, cables, and power supply issues, and give musicians a one-box answer to getting all the tones they require.
The Acoustic Fly-Rig uses the same chassis as its predecessors and, in a unit measuring just over a foot long, manages to cram in a wealth of features. Acoustic guitar players can now access a semi-parametric EQ, notch and low-pass filters, FET compression, delay/chorus, reverb, boost, and a handy tuner. The unit includes multiple outputs so can be fed into a mixing desk, recording device, guitar amp, or even directly to headphones.
The name "Fly-Rig" is particularly apt as this pedalboard includes a switch mode power supply so will function anywhere around the globe with the correct adapter. Its compact chassis and light weight will easily fit on any aeroplane (although check with your flight provider first) so, no matter where your next gig is, this unit could be the ideal one-box tone sculpting rig.
The original Fly-Rigs were well regarded: "Tech 21’s Fly Rig 5 may have been conceived as the ultimate ‘B–rig’, but the proof is in the playing, and this diminutive box is actually capable of producing some ‘A–rig’-quality results." - Sound on Sound Magazine.
The new Acoustic Fly-Rig looks set to deliver the same 'A-rig' performance and give acoustic guitarists a versatile addition to their hand luggage.
See more from our range of Tech 21 Pedals.
By Matt Wilkinson
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