Emerson Custom Paramount Overdrive Pedal


The Emerson Paramount is an original circuit medium gain overdrive pedal. Not made to replicate the sound of any other drive pedals it can go from clean boost to medium gain that will sit beautifully in the mix.

Sound wise, it's closest to the sound of a tube amp being pushed really hard. But it stacks really well with boost or mild overdrive pedals (Especially their very own EM-Drive) to give you a saturated lead tone if that's what you're after.

Most other drive pedals are clones of an old circuit but the guys at Emerson Custom have created the Paramount as an original circuit, giving you a distinct but familiar distortion sound.


Every Emerson pedal is hand assembled in Tulsa, Oklahoma by a small team that all triple check their pedals before leaving the factory.

9-18v Power Supply

The EM-Drive can be run off of 9 or 18v to change the headroom of the pedal. Running it at 9v will decrease the headroom meaning it will compress and distort at a lower volume. But using the pedal on 18v will give you a much bigger boost due to the increased headroom. More power means it won't compress as easily giving you cleaner distortion sounds.

Here's what Emerson say about the Paramount

Handwired, Handbuilt in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma USA using some of the finest quality materials available.

The Paramount Overdrive is a Medium Gain (Second Stage Overdrive) that stacks very well with almost any pedal. It can be run at 9-18v (18v for more headroom). The Paramount is an original Emerson circuit that is powerful has plenty of usable gain on tap to fit most any situation. The Paramount's character is refreshingly unique yet sits in the mix very well and has a familiar sound. This pedal is very dynamic and responds well to pick attack and the subtle nuances of the player.


  • USA Made Custom Potentiometers (for an excellent taper and feel)
  • Handwired Construction
  • Blue LED
  • Durable Powdercoated Finish
  • USA Switchcraft Jacks
  • 3PDT True Bypass Footswitch
  • Hand picked and matched parts for ultimate tone.
  • Each & Every Pedal is Handbuilt, wired and tested in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma USA
  • Power: Standard 9-18V volt DC power supply with a negative center 2.1mm barrel, NO internal battery option.
  • Current Draw: 15mA

We highly recommend a quality power supply that utilizes isolated power. This would include the Voodoo Lab PP2+ or the IS0-5 and several other brands/models

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