The Boss CE-1 Chorus Ensemble is widely regarded as the pioneering chorus box, and to this day one of the greatest pedals in its category.
Though Boss would – eight years after introducing the CE-1 in 1976 – discontinue the pedal in 1984 due to the sales of its smaller successor, the CE-2, the CE-1 remains a classic stompbox, and fetches a pretty penny on the secondary market.
A "pretty penny" would also be one way to describe the price of the "holy grail" Boss CE-1 that was listed last week on Reverb.com. Sporting the serial number S000001, this particular CE-1 – said to be the first of its kind ever to roll off the production line – has been put up for sale via Reverb for a cool $999,999.99.
Listed by the Los Angeles-based seller Pedal Palace, the pedal is said to be in "good" condition, and – according to its seller – "oozes mojo," with "legendary," "truly magical" tone.
"This is it," writes the seller in the listing for the pedal. "You won't find a more special piece of gear. This is as rare as it gets. More rare than the $500k Klon [Centaur] Serial #2, more rare than your uncle’s old guitar with 7 pickups and wierd vibrato. This is it. This is the one. Nothing can compare."
"No, I won't accept your offer of 50k," they continue, "and no I'm not going to open it up and show you the guts. I don't want to release the old mojo air that still lives inside. That air can only be smelled by people that give me 1 million dollars."
Pedal Palace even writes that, in their view, this magical CE-1 will probably be worth $10 million in 20 years. We'll let you decide if it's the investment opportunity of a lifetime...
As of today, 12 offers have been made for the "holy grail" CE-1. We can't confirm if any of them were made by – as Pedal Palace wonders at the beginning of the listing – Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Paul McCartney, or a boozed-up John Mayer, but we'll keep our ears open.
To see the listing for yourself, visit reverb.com.
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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.