Gear Search Gallery 2010
November - 1977 Roland RE-201 Space Echo
In 1973, the Roland Corporation answered guitarists’ demand for a portable, durable, and, most importantly, affordable way to get the popular tape echo sound on the road and in the studio—the Space Echo series. While the RE-100 and RE-200 units were groundbreaking, it only took Roland one year to redefine the line with the release of RE-201 in 1974. Building off of an already impressive set of features, the RE-201 offered a spring reverb tank, bass and treble controls for the effected sound, and 12 operating modes, which could combine the three playback heads in different combinations—with or without reverb. An early example of the classic effects unit, this 1977 RE-201 is in great shape, which is a testament to the tank-like sturdiness of the Space Echo. It still runs smoothly and sounds great, thanks in part to the low-tension, free-floating design of the tape loop.
Thanks to Howie Statland at Rivington Guitars for listing this unit on Gear Search.