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Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay / Reverb Pedal

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One of the most beloved echo effects ever made, the Roland RE-201 Space Echo, has been reborn as the BOSS RE-20 Twin Pedal! Experience the legendary ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Recreates every sonic detail and nuance of the Space Echo!

One of the most beloved echo effects ever made, the Roland RE-201 Space Echo, has been reborn as the BOSS RE-20 Twin Pedal! Experience the legendary tape-echo sound of the RE-201, and get "lost in space" with this retro-modern marvel.

Amazing simulation of the famous Roland RE-201 guitar pedal, with the spacious, analog tone of the original Space Echo

Faithful modeling of the RE-201's tape flutter and magnetic head sound saturation

Tap input pedal allows delay time to be set by foot

Longer delay time than the original RE-201

Control parameters such as REPEAT RATE, INTENSITY, and more via Expression pedal.

MODE SELECTOR knob with 12 placements just like the original Space Echo


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BossRE-20 Space Echo Delay / Reverb Pedal
 
4.4

(based on 24 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Responsive (4)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Compact (3)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Performances (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Closest You'll get to a 201 Space Echo.

I will always own one of these RE-20's. I have been using Roland Tape Echos as far back as 1977. Fooie on the Critics.... I LOVE the sounds I get...Read complete review

I will always own one of these RE-20's. I have been using Roland Tape Echos as far back as 1977. Fooie on the Critics.... I LOVE the sounds I get with this little gem. PLUS... No more expense and hassle of Tape. No more crackly/noisy worn out parts. As for sound and performance quality, i'll say this. I own a Pod X3 (Has Great Sounding Space Echo Model) and several other Echos, all of which I use. RE-20 has Best Sound, Best knob layout, Most Versatility, Best ease of use while Playing. My personal favorite. Thank You Roland for giving us back that Haunting, Dark Etherial Led Zeppelin Lead Guitar Sound of "You Shook Me" & "Dazed & Confused" !! Excellent product, Solid as a Rock.

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Adds a huzz to your sound

I recently bought the RE-20 hoping for a replacement for my old tape-based Space Echo. After waiting three months to get the pedal I was initially quite impressed with the pedal as it...Read complete review

I recently bought the RE-20 hoping for a replacement for my old tape-based Space Echo. After waiting three months to get the pedal I was initially quite impressed with the pedal as it did a pretty good job of replicating the sound of a space echo.However, the RE-20 adds a digital huzz/sheen to your sound. It's like you can hear the digital processing in the background. For those that don't believe me, turn on a distortion pedal and turn your guitar volume all the way down. You will hear an almost phased type sound in the background. I found this pretty unacceptable and have since returned the pedal.I realize that the original tape echos came with noise of their own and I'm willing to accept that from a 30-year old product. However, I think BOSS should have done a better job at removing this 'huzz' from the pedal. I mean, the hiss of a tape-delay is not exactly a selling point.If you can get by this huzz then you'll enjoy the pedal. However, I really wouldn't recommend it and I'm not usually very picky about noisy/humming guitar 'things.'

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Closest You'll get to a 201 Space Echo.

By Big Daddy-cG6eY

from Harrisburg, PA

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Comments about Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay / Reverb Pedal:

I will always own one of these RE-20's. I have been using Roland Tape Echos as far back as 1977. Fooie on the Critics.... I LOVE the sounds I get with this little gem. PLUS... No more expense and hassle of Tape. No more crackly/noisy worn out parts. As for sound and performance quality, i'll say this. I own a Pod X3 (Has Great Sounding Space Echo Model) and several other Echos, all of which I use. RE-20 has Best Sound, Best knob layout, Most Versatility, Best ease of use while Playing. My personal favorite. Thank You Roland for giving us back that Haunting, Dark Etherial Led Zeppelin Lead Guitar Sound of "You Shook Me" & "Dazed & Confused" !! Excellent product, Solid as a Rock.

(7 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Decent But Pricey and a Little Disappointing

By KTP

from Chicago

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Comments about Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay / Reverb Pedal:

I wanted one of these pedals when they came out. I finally took the plunge this year and purchased the pedal. I'm sure most guitarists have had the experience of looking forward to receiving a pedal only to plug it in and get that "meh" feeling. Plenty of tweaking options but in this digital age, and especially from a digital pedal, it would be nice to have the ability to save a few parameters. Sound is good and does a decent job of emulating a tape echo. For an extra hundred, you can get a Line 6 M9 and have another decent tape echo emulator plus an additional 100 effects. Decent pedal, good quality parts, decent sound, but too expensive for this one trick pony. Don't forget to budget for a power chord. It does not come with one.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It does what it's suppose to do

By Chris-I9oO9

from Reno

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Comments about Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay / Reverb Pedal:

I have the Boss DD-20. That is my delay pedal. I consider the RE-20 a 'special effects' pedal. You get space echo in all kinds of variations. Very tweakable. It's not a synth. It's not a go-to delay. You know how Steppenwolf's 'Magic Carpet Ride' begins? That's what this pedal does.With the intensity knob it doesn't take much to alter feedback. It can get damn noisy if you go too far. Slight adjustments to get it just right does the trick just fine.I like this more hooking it up to my keyboards. I'm happy with this purchase.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Killer old school psychodellic sound

By Higgins1980

from Virginia, USA

Comments about Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay / Reverb Pedal:

I just got one of these pedals, and though the price tag is a bit high, it's built like a tank and has that really nice retro tape echo sound just like the original. Great for making trippy noise, as well as adding that great Roland echo. Even has the analog tape flutter and sound deterioration if the echo plays too long. As a Pink Floyd fan I can finally get the spacy sound that made them what they were. Expensive, but worth it if you got the ducketts.

(6 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Adds a huzz to your sound

By FrankSids

from Toronto

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Comments about Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay / Reverb Pedal:

I recently bought the RE-20 hoping for a replacement for my old tape-based Space Echo. After waiting three months to get the pedal I was initially quite impressed with the pedal as it did a pretty good job of replicating the sound of a space echo.However, the RE-20 adds a digital huzz/sheen to your sound. It's like you can hear the digital processing in the background. For those that don't believe me, turn on a distortion pedal and turn your guitar volume all the way down. You will hear an almost phased type sound in the background. I found this pretty unacceptable and have since returned the pedal.I realize that the original tape echos came with noise of their own and I'm willing to accept that from a 30-year old product. However, I think BOSS should have done a better job at removing this 'huzz' from the pedal. I mean, the hiss of a tape-delay is not exactly a selling point.If you can get by this huzz then you'll enjoy the pedal. However, I really wouldn't recommend it and I'm not usually very picky about noisy/humming guitar 'things.'

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My favorite delay pedal

By Tubehed

from Westminster, CA

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay / Reverb Pedal:

    The Roland Space Echo RE-201 is one of the all-time greatest tape delay machines and this pedal does an excellent job of recreating the sounds of the original. Skeptics need only to listen with an open mind to hear how close the RE-20 gets to an actual vintage unit. While recording with the RT-20, the engineer, who uses a vintage RE-201 in the studio, told me that mine sounded as good as his but "without all the hiss". I'd love to own an original, but the RE-20 is more affordable, compact and practical. This is hands-down the most versatile and best sounding delay I've owned, and that includes some really nice analog and digital delays like the Ibanez AD-9, EH Deluxe Memory Man and Boss DD-3.

    If you want a modeling pedal that will give you a variety of delay types, there are better choices out there, including Boss' own DD-20. The RE-20 is all about tape delay and the Roland Space Echo experience, in particular. Having said that, this device has a lot of range and can take you from rockabilly slapback to full-on space rock madness to swampy Black Ark dub soup and beyond.

    (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Pleasantly Textural Pedal

    By snapplefunk

    from Houston, TX

    Comments about Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay / Reverb Pedal:

    I'm in an emotional hardcore band with post rock and shoegaze influences, and this perfect fit into my pedal board perfectly. Right now I'm running: Epiphone Les Paul Standard into a Korg Pitch Black Tuner > Morely Volume Plus > Carl Martin OctaSwitch With Gig FX VOD, TC Electronic Nova Delay, Boss FL-3, Boss RE-20, Boss RV-5 into my Laney AOR Tube Head with an Ampeg SLM 4x12 Cab. I use it with my Delay and Reverb pedal to thicken it up even more with the Intensity knob on the RE-20 set pretty high for longer feedback time which produces a nice textural droning sound. The twist feature the RE-20 adds excellent atmospheric strangeness that you won't find in many other pedals. The Boss DD-20 has a twist feature as well but it sounds cheesey compaired to the twist feature of the RE-20. The boss DD-20 is a great solid Delay unit but the RE-20 is great for atmosphere, and that's what I use it for. The RE-20's Delay is able to do some of the more particular echo patterns that dedicated delay pedals produce only with more ambience with a chorusy modulation sound. My only complaint is that when not plugged into the effects loop of my head even when the pedal is off the voltage current is slightly audible when not playing. It has a fuzzy hum to it that ramps at the speed the pedal's set at. I found that putting it in your effects loop cures the problem however.Overal great pedal I have the features a 4.0 instead of a 5 because it's more of a hands on pedal when used to it's fullest potential. You can create all kinds of unique sounds by turning knobs to your liking. If used in a practical sense however it provides a nice textural tone that thickens up your sound and fattens your ambience.

    (3 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    RE-20 Review

    By JG of SoCal

    from So Cal

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    Comments about Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay / Reverb Pedal:

    I bought this because I love echo and delay.I have a memory man, a Boss DL-20 giga delay, and I love the delay on my Me-50.I thought I would buy this just "to have", maybe a total different sound...Returned it! Wasn't worth the time or price.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing

    By Dave-JtFYT

    from The top of the hill

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    Comments about Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay / Reverb Pedal:

    I have not had the opportunity to use the real thing, but nonetheless this thing breathes life into my modular synthesizer! It sounds amazing and I have no regrets whatsoever buying it.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Echo Unit without tapes

    By Straycat 6120

    from Cleveland, OH

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    Comments about Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay / Reverb Pedal:

    I own numerous echo units including the carl martin Delayla XL, I must say the Boss Re-20 duplicates the best tape echo sound I have heard yet. All you Rockabillies, take notice this is the best echo unit with the exception of having an actual Roland Space Tape Echo. Love it and will probably get a second for back up.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice re-do

    By flyin' N playin'

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay / Reverb Pedal:

    Being a long-time fan of the old "Space Echo" line, the RE-20 is a most welcome reinvention of those old designs.My favourites were the 501/555 versions. Great sound, quiet, and the most unique, and best sounding chorus effect ever made to create a stereo effect.The 201 Space Echo was the most basic version that really sounded great. As with any real tape, or otherwise analogue device, if you need precise, exact settings for the timing of the delay, you may have your work cut out for you. But us old-timers did quite well for decades without digital readouts. So it's not the end of the world either.Plus, the "tap" pedal goes a long way to making up the difference.One of the nicest things about tape echos, and now this unit, is that the decay of the repeats is allowed to trail off after the effect is switched off. A BIG plus.Sounds great. More than accetably authentic tone and decay of delay quality. Controls are easy and recognizable.I always enjoyed he old Space Echo units, but hated to deal with tapes, cleaning and demagging heads, delicate mechanics, etc. So the RE-20 is a great way for me to get the best of traditional echo tone without the hassles.Try it. You'll like it.

    (2 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    This thing is a piece of crap

    By Zeke Wolfy

    from North Carolina

    Comments about Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay / Reverb Pedal:

    I tried this at a music store in Charlotte. Played around with it for about an hour and a half.1)It's very noisy2)I had a Roland RE-501 Chorus Echo for many yearsThe dynamics of this pedal are not even close to a space echo3)It sounds very much like a tinny digital effectThis pedal is a waste of time.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Really Cool Delay

    By vii

    from Toledo, OH

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay / Reverb Pedal:

      I love this thing. I've got a "workhorse" multi-delay pedal that I've been using for years, but I bought the RE-20 as a secondary delay pedal for a little extra mojo. Boy! This thing has got mojo in spades! It's really fun to use, and there is a wide range of sounds and textures to simply explore. No, there's no presets, but this is a SPACE ECHO! No preset-laden, multi-delay unit out there will even come close to what this thing does. You get it because it is a SPACE ECHO! Boss nailed every nuance of the original RE-201 on this thing. It sounds delicious.

      I'm really glad I got this delay. It's worth the coin for me.

      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      yes buffy! good pedal

      By Andrew MacKenzie

      from boston

      Comments about Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay / Reverb Pedal:

      do it
      grab that ish son! good pedal, especially if your doing the reggae/dub thing, ive had it for about 6 months and it hasnt wronged me, be careful with the intensity though, that will rip ur head off if you arent careful. also dont abuse the backwards effect, it gets old as hell!
      works real good,
      pretty good

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Tape Echo lives!!

      By Straycat 6120

      from Cleveland, OH

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      Comments about Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay / Reverb Pedal:

      I own a number of echo units attempting to emulate the great rockabilly/Setzer sound. I have come close with a few units, but this beats all and I will probably buy a second one for back up. Yes it is that good. Thank you Boss and Roland. I don't think another pedal will ever come this close to the original space echo.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Review

      By ECHOECHoEChoEchoecho

      from PA

      Comments about Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay / Reverb Pedal:

      Never played the real deal, but have heard it through recordings and live performances, and this pedal certainly does it justice. Original space echo aside, this pedal offers a multitude of different sounds, and is especially great when the stereo outputs are used. Probably the best sound-shaping pedal in my effects chain.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      NICE!!!

      By insaneguitarman

      from Tx

      Comments about Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay / Reverb Pedal:

      I found out about this space echo a couple of months ago from a guy that works for roland. He said it was going to be just as good as an original, so I was like yea whatever. But honestly since I have one now I'd say the only reason it's not as good is because it's not a real one. This thing is durable, you can kick it around, you can smoke around it unlike with a real tape echo. You can see the tape speed. The best thing is that it's in a pedal I think. Anywhoo this pedal is great try one out.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      RE-20

      By fenderbender

      from suburban detroit

      Comments about Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay / Reverb Pedal:

      The re-20 is the new staple of my rig. Its a spot on simulation of the re-201 that is durable and easy enough to gig with. The echo is top notch (I just sold my dd-6...I just never use it anymore) and the reverb is solid as well. In fact, I prefer the space echo's reverb to my ehx holy grail or my deville 212's reverb in certain situations. The twist feature is awesome, although you almost have to use an exp pedal to get the full value of the effect and that's another hundred bucks. Overall this is a great investment. It wont leave your rig anytime soon.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Just like the original, only more reliable!

      By Wenzels

      from APO, AE

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      Comments about Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay / Reverb Pedal:

      I absolutely love my RE-20. I bought it the first day it came out and I am glad I did. They have constantly been on backorder and now I know why. They sound amazing. The reverb sound just like the originals and the delay is magical. You can play rockabilly, surf or do just like it says and get lost in space. I would absolutely recommend this. It's way better than my Danelectro Reel echo was. I sold it a week after I bought this. I have been using mine now for a couple of months and have used it to gig with. Construction is strong and I think it will give me years of use without ever having to change any tape. Sure, the real thing would be ideal, but finding someone to service them and replacement tape is becoming harder and harder to find. Get the next best thing and probably one of the best echo pedals out there!

       
      5.0

      Take me to Space !!!

      By Guitarist.

      from Irmo S.C.

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay / Reverb Pedal:

        I use this pedal for special effects. This pedal gives me the feeling of being somewhere else, other than where I'm at ; and I love that !

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