JHS are known for being perfectionists, and they often take their designs and improve them until they are the best they can be. The Moonshine V2 is a product of that ethos. With the charm of the original Moonshine intact, the V2 has extra refinements for better versatility and overall tone!
The Moonshine is loved for its gnarly, gritty tone; essentially being a highly modified version of that famous green stomp box we all know and love. With many pedal manufacturers playing the “transparent” overdrive card a lot these days, the Moonshine is an unapologetically different beast with its own character and voice.
The V2 largely retains its unique “TS on steroids” sound, capable of delivering low-gain breakup to searing high-gain, thanks to its “Proof” toggle switch. The down position provides a mid-boosted tone with plenty of saturation and distortion on tap. Flick the switch up for a broader, more open crunch that is great for classic rock or blues.
Typical Drive, Tone and Volume controls give you enough flexibility to dial in your ideal overdrive tone, and with a pedal that sounds this good it should be easy!
The “Clean” knob is the biggest improvement to the Moonshine. Allowing you to blend between your clean, unaffected tone and the pedal’s distorted flavour, this control can let you achieve those timeless Stevie Ray Vaughan-style tones.
Are you looking for an overdrive that is not transparent and adds its own character and attitude? The Moonshine V2 is for you. The Moonshine V2 overdrive is a highly unique and massively tweaked version of the most famous overdrive ever created and housed in a little green enclosure. Blues, rock, country, jazz, and even hardcore/metal players will find this is an indispensable tool for shaping and creating unique mid heavy tones for almost any need.
The Moonshine V2 is still the core tone of version one and retains the simple Volume, Tone, and Drive knobs. However on the Moonshine V2 we added a new Clean knob to blend in any amount of clean signal to your tone! The simple 2-position “Proof ” toggle gives you everything from low gain amp-like breakup with powerful coloured boost settings to grinding, heavy overdrive that reaches to the very edge of cranked amp distortion.
In the down position, you’ll find the highest gain settings, lots of saturation and sustain and the most mid-range goo available. In the up position are the more open and forceful crunchy tones that will make any amp beg for mercy. The up position also adds more overall volume and more headroom to those searching for cleaner applications.
The tone control goes down as smooth as Grandpa’s White Lightning, with none of the harsh ice-pick characteristics that many overdrives often have in the brighter settings.
Just like the JHS Pedals' SuperBolt pedal, the Moonshine uses an internal 9v to 18v charge pump that allows it to run on normal 9v but converting it internally to 18v for an enormous amount of headroom, added low-end, and more overall punch.
We wouldn’t be surprised if this is the most girthy, thick overdrive you have ever plugged into. If you’re a fan of stacking overdrives, you’ll love putting this in front of or behind your favourite drive, booster, or fuzz. The Moonshine delivers on any style amp, easily producing anything from Stevie Ray Vaughan classic Stratocaster/ Fender amp tones with class to huge “wall of rock” The Edge-style force through a Vox. On another note, you might find a few Dumble-esque lead settings that will have you feeling like you saved a cool $100,000 in search of that sacred tone.
Last but not least, it kills on bass guitar, the reason it was originally designed.
This pedal requires standard 9V DC Negative power, consumes less than 100mA, and measures 2.2"x4.3"x1.5"