JHS responds to Digitech Bad Monkey rapid price hike: “You had 19 years to buy one, but you never cared”
JHS has responded to claims that he caused Digitech’s Bad Monkey rapid price hike from $59 to $650 after he compared it to a Klon Centaur.
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Josh Scott took to Facebook to respond to the criticism after the now notorious pedal went from affordable to incredibly expensive in a matter of days after JHS showed how indistinguishable it was from a Klon Centaur (which can sell for upwards of $6,000) in a YouTube video.
“To the people complaining that I raised the price on this pedal and “now you can’t buy one,” I would like to remind you you had 19 years to buy one, but you never cared,” says JHS’s Scott. “This pedal has existed four years longer than JHS as a company, and most guitarists have hated on it since day one. No one kept you from trying it in 2004. Learn to listen with your ears and not trends, and you will be a much happier guitarist.”
“Next: People will list them for ridiculous prices, and it’s extremely easy to not to buy them at those prices. Just wait,” he continues. “They will return to normal, and people will move on to the next thing.
“One more thing: people listing for $600 and people buying them for $600 are two very different things. Sit back, relax, and enjoy guitar with what you have. The point of the episode was to help you see that what you have is enough.”
The now discontinued 2004 pedal was not the most popular, having been the recipient of “extremely mixed opinions” – according to Scott. Considering that, it is pretty impressive seeing the influence of JHS and how they have impacted the second hand pedal market.
This is a stark reminder that it might be worth holding on to your dusty old pedals, no matter how unpopular. You might be lucky enough to witness its resurrection.
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