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Maxon pedals on Dolphin Music

Published: Thu April 26, 2007  News Feed

Maxon now concentrate mostly on "hard-to-find elsewhere" vintage type effects such as analog delays, analog choruses and flangers, and classic overdrive and distortion units. Most of the old Ibanez Nine Series is available in Maxon form these days, but the Maxon pedals now include true-bypass switching and circuitry equal to or in many cases superior to the Ibanez originals. The company prides itself on a reputation of quality over quantity.

Maxon's big break came when they began building the Ibanez Tube Screamers. Ibanez Tube Screamers were built by Maxon from 1974 until 2002. If you take the cover off any Ibanez TS-808 or TS-9, and other Ibanez pedals from this period, the Maxon name will appear on the circuit board. These Maxon manufactured Ibanez pedals became famous through users such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Rory Gallagher, Carlos Santana and Gary Moore, amongst many other famous users.

Ibanez still make these classic pedals but using different circuitry, thus losing some of the classic Tube Screamer tone, hence the Maxon models are so sought after. Maxon still makes these pedals today under their own company name (called the OD-808 and OD-9 as oppose to TS). However, supply of these pedals is very short and because of this, the Maxon pedals using the original Tube Screamer circuitry are little known and often overlooked.

The Maxon website claims to have made the following breakthroughs in the effects pedal industry. Firstly, that it made the first realistic tube amp overdrive. Secondly that it made the first compact analogue delay, thirdly that it made the first programmable effect and finally that they made the first multi effect unit.

Although Maxon pedals are often overlooked by guitarists for the Ibanez models, there are still artists using them. These include:

  • R.E.M.
  • Buddy Guy
  • The Cramps
  • Sum41
  • Marty Friedman
  • Pearl Jam
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Dave Sabo of Skid Row
  • Morrissey guitarist Jesse Tobias
  • Brad Whitford of Aerosmith
  • Steve Stevens of Billy Idol

Here's a selection of Maxon pedals that can be found on Dolphin Music:

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