This RE-501 is in exceptional condition, doubtful you would find a cleaner preowned unit than this baby! Ideally for collection from the West Midlands. but will consider UK shipping, please contact us for the best shipping quote.

The first effects made by Roland were the famous ‘Space Echo’ series initially comprising RE101,201,301 and 501. These tape echos were designed for PA/Guitar, but quickly found a home in the recording studio. The frequency response, quality, reliability, noise floor and versatility of these units speak volumes about the care taken by the Japanese generally when manufacturing what were very economic units.

Length of delay was governed by the motor speed and the choice of one of five replay heads, with feedback and sound-on-sound being most effective on the 301 and 501 units (the latter of which featured an early version of the excellent Roland chorus effect). The 555 rack mounting unit was to follow, cleverly designed to mount on sliders so that tapes could be replaced without having to remove the unit from a rack. With balanced line level connections on XLR’s, the 555 is the only professional rack mount tape delay I am aware of.

One point to be wary of; when replacing tapes, use shiny back tape to avoid clogging up the sensitive tape guides, and as with all tape echos ensure the heads are kept clean and demagnetised regularly; you would take such care of your multitrack, so why not with your tape echo.


Payment can be done via PayPal, bank transfer, cheque or cash on collection!

Very important: If paying by PayPal, please note that we will only ship to confirmed Paypal addresses! Please double check your address is confirmed with Paypal!

Feel free to drop us an email for our bank details for SWIFT/BACS transfers and for any international shipping costs.

If paying by cheque, or collecting in person, please contact us on 07932 074096 to arrange.


Our shipping policy is simple: We ship Guitars, Amps and Accessories to the UK, Europe & ROW. We’ve been shipping items to the UK and abroad for many years without any issues, as we always use the best and most reliable shipping companies. All guitars and amps will be shipped insured and tracked. So you can check your shipping status anytime. We always package them to the highest possible standard.

Note: All amps are preferably UK shipping or collection only. We rarely ship amps internationally, due to potential breakage, unless this is agreed separately. If you are outside Europe and are interested in any of our guitars or amps please contact us for a special shipping quote.


We operate a 48hr approval period for on-line mail order purchases only. Customers who buy goods in the RGG showroom can fully evaluate them prior to making the payment, and as such do not have this return and refund option available to them. The 48hr mail order returns period offered is with regard to either a problem with the guitar upon receipt, IE, the goods appear to have a defect that was not outlined in the sale listing or clearly not sold as advertised. If the purchaser wishes to return the goods for any other reason, then there will be a re-stocking fee of 10% of the original sale value & return carriage must be paid by the purchaser, there are no exceptions to these rules.

If you want to return an item please make contact for a returns authorisation. You have 2 days to try the instrument. We offer a full refund minus our shipping costs (including our cost of free shipping if applicable) It is the purchaser’s responsibility to organise the return promptly to the company in the condition it was received, using the original packaging and with a copy of the sales receipt. (We recommend you insure the item in transit). The item must be shipped back via a service comparable with which it was delivered, within 24 hours (Excluding weekends) upon receipt of the return authorization. Goods that have been altered from their original condition in any way cannot be returned.

Any items returned after the 48hr agreed approval period, and not exceeding more than two weeks, are subject to a 10% re-stocking fee, based on of the original sale value of the goods. PayPal, Credit/Debit card refunds will be processed immediately upon receipt of the returned goods and normally take 3-5 working days to show on the customer’s account. Bank transfer and cash purchase payments will be refunded by Bank transfer to your nominated bank.