Providence Guitar & Bass Electrics


Providence Guitar & Bass Electrics is a project that we are working on to solve unsolved electric field in electric guitar. We are reviewing it from scratch to improve the electric circuit such as pickups and inside of the cavity with Providence's electrical technologies. We aim to produce the products that matches today's sound scene from choosing parts while retaining the musical looseness and roughness that can't be detached from guitars, yet maintaining the theme of tuning the sound that is not too Hi-Fi and delivering the best sound quality.


Bass Electrics Project


Vitalizer Bass Preamp
VP-B1-2(2Band EQ Preamp)
VP-B1-3(3Band EQ Preamp)

The Vitalizer-B1 is the onboard bass preamp with Vitalizer circuit that helps prevent losing player's unique passive sound from electric bass and converts the signal to powerful and vivid low impedance signal.


●Active Impedance Converter Vitalizer-B1
The Vitalizer-B1 applied the Vitalizer, that makes sure the sound doesn't get too Hi-Fi while respecting instrument's character of sound signals for onboard on bass.
By designed to secure big headroom, output and wide frequency range, it converts to low impedance signal without losing bass’ natural sound.
While the signal from Vitalizer-B1 doesn’t seem like anything changed, the strong signal from bass that we set the sound image from 5m cable will be a great weapon for you as it helps release from stress of noise and signal degradation from long instrument cables and many pedals connected in between the bass and amp.

●Vitalizer Bass Preamp VP-B1
The Vitalizer Bass Preamp VP-B1 is a miniaturized version of our bass preamp pedal, DBS-1 with Vitalizer-B1 circuit to be used as an onboard bass preamp.
It provides clean, minimized distortion with wide range output, and the noise level is less than -100dbu even when it’s ran with 9VDC.
The EQ section employs the EQ curve that doesn’t falls on some of the frequency from passive tone and active treble section.It is designed to demonstrate the passive tone well even in active. The EQ control uses custom W curve pot that boost/cut Treble/Mid/Bass smoothly.
The VP-B1-2 comes with custom 2 position EP Volume Pots (Treble/Bass), and the VP-B1-3 comes with 3 custom EP Pots (Treble/Mid/Bass).

●VP-B1 Specifications
・EQ : Treble:3kHz±15dB/Mid:220Hz or 440Hz or 1kHz±15dB/Bass:60Hz±15dB (All Peaking)
・Input Impedance:1MΩ
・Output Impedance:470Ω
・Noise Level:Less than -100dBu以下
・Power:9V(006P)×1
・Power Consumption:Approximately 2.7mA @ 9V
・Module Size:27mm(W)×14mm(H)×50mm(D)
・Weight:Approximately 20g(Module)

●VP-B1-2 Specifications
・Controls : Master Volume(Active/Passive SW), Balance, Tone, Treble/Bass

●VP-B1-3 Specifications
・Switchs:Active/Passive SW, Nuance SW, 3way Mid Frequency SW
・Controls : Front Volume, Rear Volume, Tone, Treble, Mid, Bass

→About Vitalizer

●VP-B1-2(2Band EQ Preamp)


●Inside of the control cavity of aRB-108M/R


●VP-B1-3(3Band EQ Preamp)


●Inside of the control cavity of aRB-108M5/R5




eXpresso II Bass Pickups
eX II J Bass1 Set (eX II-J11/eX II-J31) for 4 string
eX II J5 Bass1 Set (eX II-511/eX II-531) for 5 string

Providence espresso II Pickups are series of pickups with a theme of creating today’s sound with vintage sound as a foundation.

■Characteristics
●Collaborating with professionals
Providence espresso II Pickups are produced by Shozo Shimura who has done many setup for top artists, and Providence’s engineers designed ideas with support from Minoru Kariya (Kariya-Pickups) to create the pickups that demonstrates players’ sound fully.
●Natural and flat sound
eX II J Bass1 Set / eX II J5 Bass1 Set are J-Bass type pickups for electric bass. These are a bit high output pickups to pick up the strings sound accurately and delivers flat and natural sound.
●Adjusting volume balance by unique coil winding
By having different coil winding, it compensates the volume difference and sound quality that are caused by placement. If same coil winding were applied for both next and bridge, output from neck will be hotter than bridge, but by having different coil winding, it adjust the mix balance by controlling volume difference.
●Drastic Noise Measures
ncluding grounding pole piece with copper foil and using single core shielding cable in output line.We removed the noise such as hum noise when the player’s not touching metal parts such as strings, bridge, and pegs maximally.
●Hum Canceling Effect
The bridge pickups are winded oppositely to neck pickup and it reduces the noise by creating hum canceling when the output level is balanced.

●Main Specifications
・String Spacing:20mm(eX II J Bass1 Set)/9mm(eX II J5 Bass1 Set)
・Magnet Type:Alnico 5
・Wiring:Single Core Shielding


●eXpresso II J & J5 Bass1 Set


●Special copper foil on Pole Piece.

Minoru Kariya (President of Kariya-Pickups)
Minoru is from Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.He was in charge of Artist Relations and repair at the guitar manufacture in Japan. He established Kariya-Pickups after he gained experience assembly at high end guitar manufacture and manufacturing pickups at pickup manufacture in 2008. He is one of the few developers who is ambitious for the future in Japan. Most of the pickups he makes are made by selected magnet wired from USA, and their finishing is almost close to hand wired condition by meticulously adjusted coil's winding such as machine's speed and tension. When we develop each model, we start discussing with Minoru, and start developing pro to types for each model's sound direction and concept. All proto type pickups are always tested by Providence and Shimura and manufactured at Kariya-Pickups once it's completed.



Choosing parts and developing

To provide the sound and play ability for today's scene, we chose the parts for cavity from scratch and develop it as it needed.



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