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Music is Win’s Tyler Larson bought that $500,000 Klon

Back in January, JHS Pedals’ Josh Scott set the internet ablaze as he listed the first-ever Klon Centaur for sale on Reverb for an astonishing $500,000.

Given Scott’s sense of humor, many of us suspected he wasn’t being entirely serious. And accordingly, the enterprising guitarist who “purchased” the pedal, Music Is Win’s Tyler Larson, has taken the whole sale in good humor.

According to a new, tongue-in-cheek video posted to the Music Is Win YouTube channel, Guitar World’s original article on the listing drove Larson to the point of F.E.K.A.S. (First Ever Klon Acquisition Syndrome), forcing him to sacrifice all his possessions – and his marriage – just to obtain the first example of Bill Finnegan’s mythical overdrive pedal.

Yet buyer’s remorse led Larson to contact Scott, who declined the offer to buy the sought-after stompbox back, given his new status as a professional party-goer, Wall Street impresario and all-round Lothario thanks to his unexpected windfall.

All it takes to reverse the deal is a demo of the legendary drive, with Larson’s emotive blues licks and immaculate alternate picking soon reaching the Klonfather’s ear and forcing him to broker an arrangement for its safe return: a cool $1,000,000 and 50 JHS Cheese Ball pedals.

If the video’s concluding message – to be continued… – is anything to go by, we haven’t seen the last of this particular Centaur.

We eagerly await Klonfathers II and III

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Digital Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World, having spent nine storied years contributing to guitar journalism and a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). He has written and edited for MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, and makes prog-ish instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.