BOSS RE-202 & RE-2 Space Echo [Upgrade From RE-20? And Why Use A Space Echo Anyway?]

Published 29 April 2022

Welcome to the show! We’ll compare the RE-202 to the Strymon Volante and Line 6 DL4 MkII NEXT WEEK. But for now…
We finally got our hands on Boss’s exciting new RE-202 and RE-2 Space Echoes. Why all the fuss? Well, back in 1974 Roland debuted perhaps the most loved and still-cherished tape echo unit of all time, the RE-201 Space Echo. Popular with guitarists forever, they’ve nonetheless waned from common usage because of their, shall we say, ‘mechanical fallibilities’. However that mechanical, analogue uniqueness is what defines the sound of the RE-201 and explains why you’ll still find them in studios everywhere, loved and maintained by people who just can’t make the sound any other way.
Boss – offspring of Roland – introduced the RE-20 pedal all the way back in 2007, a digital emulation of the fabled RE-201 in a relatively compact pedal format. Sure, it didn’t sound exactly like the 201, but it did a great job and has remained much loved ever since.
2022 seems numerically appropriate as all these 2s and 0s 1s have reformed for the all-new RE-2 and RE-202: two new pedals that benefit from everything Roland and Boss have learned over these 48 years since the seminal machine. As you’d expect, we have them all here for subjection to schwang.

Now this is not a deep dive into all the features. For that we’d //really// recommend Pete Thorn’s demo here:

And to get another listen to whether the RE-202 and RE-2 sound like an old RE-201, check out Andy Martin’s demo at here:

Meantime, we’ll be asking some TPS-shaped questions, that hopefully doesn’t repeat [geddit, repeat] too much of what’s already out there. Enjoy the video!

Our old video on the RE-201

Pedals in this episode
• TheGigRig Three2One

• Sonic Research ST-200 Turbo Tuner

• Keeley D&M Drive
UK & Europe:
USA That Pedal Shop:

• Roland RE-201 Space Echo
No longer made, but check out SoundGas where we bought ours…

• Providence DLY-4 Chrono Delay
UK & Europe:

• Boss RE-20 Space Echo (soon to be discontinued)
UK & Europe:
USA That Pedal Shop:

• Boss RE-2 Space Echo
UK & Europe:
USA That Pedal Shop:

• Boss RE-202 Space Echo
UK & Europe:
USA That Pedal Shop:

• TheGigRig G3

Guitars in this episode
• 1961 Fender Stratocaster - no video yet

• Gretsch Player’s Edition G6118T Anniversary – Dan’s video here:

• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster – Dan’s video here

Amps in this episode
• Fender Custom Shop Bass Breaker (2003-ish) with 2 x 12-inch Celestion Vintage 30 speakers

• 1961 Vox AC30 with Celestion Alnico Blue speakers

Interesting bits and go-to sections
0:00 Intro playing
2:30 What we’re doing: today’s questions
7:36 Today’s amps
9:36 Why use a Space Echo anyway?
12:50 Demo of three delays heads
14:35 Multiple repeats?
15:40 Magic mix of multiple head repeats
16:40 Wow & flutter?
20:02 RE-201 & RE-202 compared
23:10 Manipulating intensity & delay time
29:15 Saturation control?
33:05 RE-2 or RE-202?
33:15 RE-201 spring reverb
37:50 RE-202 reverbs, five of ’em!
42:20 What about the RE-20?
45:36 RE-202 and RE-20 comparison
50:20 RE-2, 20, 201 and 202 comparison
57:30 Closing thoughts

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