- electric guitars
Maxxas was a short lived Ibanez (Hoshino) brand name introduced in 1987. Maxxas guitars were made in Japan by FujiGen based on designs from the Hoshino USA division. Rich Lasner of Hoshino USA created the design for a semi-hollow body guitar with no sound holes to achieve sustain and tone like a hollow-bodied ES-335. After several prototype iterations Hoshino agreed the design, with thin aerofoil curved edges and an ergonomic neck joint. The first production Maxxas - the MX2, was solid bodied as FujiGen had not yet refined the production process to make the original semi-hollow design, although the later models (the MX3, MX4 and MX5) were semi-hollow. Hoshino/Ibanez soon discontinued the Maxxas guitars to concentrate instead on the increasingly popular JEM and RG series. The MX4 and MX5 were discontinued in 1989, and the MX3 in 1990.
Source: Ibanez : the Untold Story. Bensalem, Penn.: Hoshino (U.S.A.).Specht, Paul; Wright, Michael; Donahue, Jim (2005).