Ace Electronic Industries Inc., or Ace Tone was a manufacturer of musical instruments, including electronic organs and analogue drum machines, and effects pedals. Founded in 1960 by Ikutaro Kakehashi with an investment by Sakata Shokai, Ace Tone can be considered an early incarnation of the Roland Corporation, which was also founded by Kakehashi. Ace Tone began manufacturing amplifiers in 1963.
- 1 Products
- 2 See also
- 3 References
- 4 Notes
- 5 External links
- Canary Organ S-2 (1962, exhibited on 1964 Summer NAMM, but not released)
- Canary Organ S-3 (Three legs) 
- Top-1 Organ (1968)
- Top-3 Organ (Phenix) (1965)
- Top-4 Organ (Phenix)
- Top-5 Organ (c.1969)
- Top-6 Organ (
- Top-7 Organ
- Top-8 Organ
- Top-9 Organ
- GT-5 Organ (1971) [Note 1]
- GT-7 Organ (1971) [Note 2]
- Multistrings SY-5
- PS-1000 Monosynth (1975)
- Analog Delay EH-50
- Analog Delay EH-100
- Echo Chamber EC-1
- Echo Chamber EC-10 Professional Echo
- Echo Chamber EC-20
- Fuzz Master FM-1 (c.1966-68)
- Fuzz Master FM-2 (c.1968-70)
- Fuzz Master FM-3 (c.1971)
- Graphic Equalizer QH-100
- Stereo Phasor LH-100
- Twin Ace FW-1
- Wah Master WM-1
- R1 Rhythm Ace (1964) 
- Rhythm Ace R-3 (1966)
- Rhythm Ace FR-1 (1967) [Note 4][A][H]
- Rhythm Ace FR-2L [A][H]
- Rhythm Ace FR-3 [A][H],[R]
- Rhythm Ace FR-3S
- Rhythm Ace FR-4 [M]
- Rhythm Ace FR-6 (1974) [A][S]
- Rhythm Ace FR-6P
- Rhythm Ace FR-6M [M]
- Rhythm Ace FR-7M
- Rhythm Producer FR-7L [R][H]
- Rhythm Producer FR-8L [A][M]
- Rhythm Ace FR-13
- Rhythm Producer FR-15 (1975)
- Rhythm Ace FR-20
- Rhythm Ace FR-30
- Rhythm Ace FR-60 (Floor type)
- Rhythm Ace FR-70 (Floor type)
- Rhythm FEVER FR-106 [S]
Note: Rhythm Ace series were known to be shipped under multiple brands as following:
- Since 1967, Hammond Organ Company distributed Rhythm Ace under Hammond brand.
- In 1970s, several models were also distributed by Sorkin Music Company under Multivox brand.[Note 5]
- [M] Multivox model
- [A][M] Also shipped from Multivox
- In mid-1970s, “ACE TONE” brand was taken over by Sakata/Nihon Hammond.[Note 6]
- [S] Sakata/Nihhon Hammond model
- [A][S] Also shipped from Sakata/Nihhon Hammond.
- In 1972, Kakehashi left Ace Electronics and established Roland Corporation.
- Mini Ace (Combo)
- Solid Ace-1 (Combo)
- Solid Ace-2 (Combo)
- Solid Ace-3 (Head, Combo)
- Solid Ace-5 (Combo)
- Solid Ace-6 (Head)
- Solid Ace-7 (Combo)
- Solid Ace-8 (Head)
- Solid Ace-10 (Head)
- Fighter Amplifier
- Friend Ace AR-1
- Gut's Ace
- G-15 Guitar Amplifier (1977)
- GA-5S Cabinet
- Mighty-5 50Watt (Head)
- Rockey 15Watt 1x12 (Combo)
- Model-101 1x8 (Combo)
- Model-201 (Combo)
- Model-301 (Combo)
- Model-601 (Head)
- Bass-3 (Combo) Solid State
- Bass-6 (Head) Solid State
- Bass-9 (Head)
- B-50[Note 6]
Vocal Amplifiers/Channel Mixer
- VM-4 Solid State Channel Mixer
- VM-30 (Combo)
- Channel Mixer VM-80 Professional (Powered Mixer)
- VM-150 (Powered Mixer)
- Tuning Gun (Tuner)
- "Lifetime-Achievement-Award Mr. Ikutaro Kakehashi", Musikmesse International Press Award 2002, 2002, retrieved April 2, 2006
- Ikutaro Kakehashi (March 2003). I believe in music. Hal Leonald Corp. p. 41. ISBN 978-0-634-03783-2.
In 1964, Canary S-2 and R-1 Rhythm Ace were exhibited on Summer NAMM, but finally not released.
- All About Electronic & Electric Musical Instruments. Seibundo ShinkoSha. 1966. ASIN B000JAAXH6, 電子楽器と電気楽器のすべて.
- Gordon Reid (November 2004). "The History Of Roland Part 1: 1930-1978". Sound On Sound. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
Precisely, R-1 was not a drum machine, but a hand-operated electronic percussion.
- "Dubsounds Hammond Auto-Vari 64 Samples", Vintage Drums (Dubsounds)
- "Ace Tone Catalog (February 1972)" (in Japanese). Ace Electronic Industry Inc. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22.
- The Audio Playground Synthesizer Museum: Ace Tone - List of products and some corporate history.
- Combo Organ Heaven: Ace Tone - Profiles of organs and corporate history.
- Harmony Central: Ace Tone: Reviews - Reviews of Ace Tone products.
- Orgel Wiki: Ace Tone - more pictures of organ models.
- VintageSynth.hu: Ace - more pictures of products.
- "Ace Tone GT-5". (picture). Orgel Wiki.
- "Ace Tone GT-7". (picture). Orgel Wiki.
- "Ace Tone B 422". (pictures). VintageSynth.hu.
- In 1967, FR-1 was introduced as option of Hammond organ.
- "Multivox Archive Page". (pictures). Audio Playground Synthesizer Museum. Archived from the original on May 21, 2003.
In 1970s, several models were also supplied to Sorkin Music Company, a general agent of Ace Tone in the United States, and distributed under Multivox brand.
- In mid-1970s, Ace Electronic Industries Inc. was restructured and “ACE TONE” brand was taken over by Nihon Hammond, a joint enterprise of Hammond and Sakata Shokai.