Developed between 1990 and 1994 by Bill Finnegan, the Klon Centaur is arguably the most infamous, and frankly mythical, overdrive pedal in the music scene. While you expect its rarity to increase the value, it is hard not to be a little blindsided by JHS Pedals owner Josh Scott listing the first-ever Klon Centaur for $500,000 on Reverb.com.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Reverb, it is like a Craigslist exclusively for musicians and music stuff. That stuff can range from guitars, amps, drums, as well as more obscure items, like pickguards of famous guitarists. Often times, those “unique” items are put up by “collectors” for crazy inflated prices.
The Klon Centaur is a handmade overdrive pedal that is described as a “transparent” overdrive pedal. This means that the overdrive is laid over top your guitar’s tone, instead of altering your guitar’s tone. Due to the popularity and scarcity, an original Klon Centaur can be found on site’s like Reverb for $4,000+.
However, I guess with the historic value of the first-ever, the value shoots up to $500,000? Josh Scott recently listed the Klon Centaur #2 on Reverb for just that amount. It should be noted here, that though the pedal is called “Klon Centaur #2”, it is in fact the first ever Klon Centaur to be made and sold. As the first ever to be made was not sold, and Bill Finnegan set aside the first for himself.
Will the Pedal Actually Sell for Half a Million Dollars?
Well, if you asked owner Josh Scott, he’d tell you “who cares”. In the comical Reverb listing, Scott emphasizes how low his expectations are for selling the pedal by saying, “Buy it or don’t, I don’t really care.”
He then goes on to say that he will hand-deliver the pedal to the buyer anywhere in the world, but asks “Allow 30 days for me to clear my schedule and get it to you from the date of purchase.”, which I think is fair given the travel that could be involved. It’s also a nice (and frankly, necessary for the price) touch to hand deliver the pedal.
If you’ve got more bank than sense and want to buy the first-ever Centaur, head on over to the Reverb listing: here.
What do you think? Is Scott crazy? Do you think the pedal will sell? What’s the most expensive pedal, or piece of gear, you own? Drop it in the comments below and let’s talk!