Boss Space Echo RE-202 Review

Boss presents a pedal to truly recreate the sound of Roland’s iconic tape echo unit

Boss RE-202 Space Echo
(Image: © Future)

Guitar World Verdict

Boss has got this just right: the RE-202 accurately reproduces Space Echo sound while going way beyond the capabilities of an original Roland RE-201.


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    Accurate recreation of RE-201 sound.

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    Fourth head.

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    Tap tempo, memories.

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    Flexible hands-on sound adjustment.

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    Expression pedal capability.


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    Certain global functions (such as dry sound mute, reverb type, tails and so on) are a little convoluted to set up.

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Roland’s multi-head tape echo has become the stuff of legend – as our recent retrospective on the RE-201 explored. 

The company knew that such an important machine deserved to be celebrated in a delay pedal and came up with the Boss RE-20 around 15 years ago. However, technology moves on and the time was ripe to revisit the Space Echo, with new advancements allowing a deeper delve into its complex non-linear behaviour.

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.