The name “Maxon” may not be as much a household name amongst guitar players as, say, Ibanez, but did you know that it was Maxon (originally a pickup company) who made the heralded Tubescreamer effects pedals? Not only did Maxon (also known as the Nisshin Onpa Company) build the Tubescreamer pedals, they were also responsible for the popular Soundtank series and the FL9 Flanger, CS9 Chorus, and AD9 Analog Delay. Maxon build pedals for Ibanez from the 1970’s until 2002, when they decided to market the pedals under their own name once again.
Currently, Maxon offers the Nine series of pedals, which includes reissues of the Ibanez-branded originals plus several new models, including several that incorporate real vacuum tube technology. The newer Maxon pedals include true bypass switching and the highest components available. Maxon’s current focus is on classic analog effects such as choruses, flangers, delays, overdrive, and distortion pedals. While the pedals aren’t the cheapest around, Maxon prefers quality over quantity, hoping to satisfy the most demanding effects pedal afficanodos.