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Strymon El Capistan dTape V2 vs V1 vs Roland RE-201 & Fender Space Delay

Published 13 Jan 2023

The much-loved tape delay pedal gets an upgrade – is it better?

Welcome to the show! The Strymon El Capistan is one of the world’s most loved and widely used digital tape echo emulation pedals. Small in format but mighty in features, it was a game-changer when it was introduced in 2010.
The V2 update from 2022 introduced more powerful processing, functionality upgrades and MIDI… so we take this opportunity to compare new with old.
BUT this is That Pedal Show, so we’d better throw a genuine Roland RE-201 Space Echo into the mix alongside something far more affordable to boot.
What do we think? Enjoy the show!

And please visit That Pedal Shop

Pedal and stuff in today’s video
• Gigrig Three2One

• Sonic Research ST-200 Turbo Tuner

• Chase Bliss Audio Automatone Preamp MkII

• PRS Mary Cries Optical Compressor
UK & Europe:

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

• Fender Space Delay
UK & Europe:

• Strymon El Capistan V1
No longer available new - try

• Strymon El Capistan V2
UK & Europe:

• Gigrig G3

Interesting bits and go-to sections
0:00 Intro playing
2:15 What are we doing today?
3:55 An actual real tape echo
5:00 What was great about the El Capistan?
7:20 Today’s amps
8:19 El Capistan V1 sounds & features
11:40 Live edit controls
16:15 What’s new in V2?
19:58 Dan sets up a sound with V1
21:44 …and adds overdrive
22:44 V1 & V2 sound comparisons
26:44 RE-201 Space Echo comparison
31:56 Practicality realities
33:17 Some mono head sounds
37:45 Fender Space Delay & all on!
39:10 Closing thoughts

Guitars in this video
• 1965 Fender Telecaster - Dan’s video here:
• 1961 Fender Stratocaster - Mick’s video here:
• Epiphone Casino - Mick’s video here:

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