Tired of tripping over cables and being limited to the confined area of the stage? Sounds like it’s time to get kitted out with a wireless guitar system and rid the hassle of having to mess around with guitar cables!
First things first, if you’re looking to buy a new wireless guitar system, you’re going to want to pay at least £250 for a high quality system. While there are plenty of options on Amazon for less than £100, it’s likely that you’ll wish you had spent a little bit more if you do decide to go with one of those options.
Before we get on to reviewing various wireless guitar systems there are a few important considerations to be aware of. The first is clarity – a cheap wireless guitar system will lose tone and make your guitar sound crap, this is the main reason for investing in a higher quality system. The second thing to bear in mind is frequency – many cheaper wireless guitar systems don’t have interference blockers, making them prone to being hacked by Radio Germany in the middle of a performance (this actually happened to a friend of mine once when performing live!)
Other things worth considering, which we’ll talk about throughout, is transmission range (how far you can run away), low noise to sound ratio, durability, and battery life. Without further a due, here are our recommendations.
The best wireless guitar system is…
The Line6 Relay G30, G50, and G90
Line6 take the cake when it comes to wireless guitar systems. Search any guitar forum, magazine or review for wireless guitar systems and you’re bound to hear great things about them.
Line6 have three models worth mentioning. The G30 is the cheapest of which at £255 and has a 30-meter transmission range. The main difference between the G30 and the more expensive G50 & G90 is that the Line6 G30 does not have the digital channel lock feature that prevents interference from TV stations, radios and other potential sound hijackers. After having looked into many reviews for this particular model, several guitarists have mentioned that the G30 tends to knock out any WiFi connect nearby due to the 2.4ghz frequency range.
If you’re willing to pay a little bit extra, Line6 offer the G50, which does include digital channel lock, a 60 meter transmission range and (in my opinion) a more durable casing design. The Line6 G50 costs £369 from Amazon, but is almost flawless when it comes to wireless guitar systems – even the most pick guitarists I know love this wireless system.
Finally, there is the Line6 G90, which is a rack mount wireless guitar system featuring all of the greatness of it’s little brother – the G50, but with a few fancy extras, including ‘cable tone simulation’ to match the tone of your wireless system to your cabled amp setup, and ‘Virtual Wire Transmission’, which I’m not entirely sure what it does, besides impressive ☺
Next up, we have the Sennheiser wireless guitar systems. Another popular choice if you’re serious about getting a great wireless system.
Sennheiser EW 172 G3
At the top of their range is the Sennheiser EW 172 G3, which costs £469 from Amazon.co.uk, and features everything you’d expect from the Line6 G series, plus a built in guitar tuner (which is apparently incredibly accurate for bass guitarists as well, thanks to it’s 25hz AF frequency response) and a built in 5-band EQ to tune your guitar’s sound from your wireless system.
Besides these two wireless guitar systems, there aren’t really any other options that come close in terms of quality. If you’re deciding between the two, my advice would be pick the Line6 for sound quality (e.g. if you’re going to be using it for recording purposes), but choose the Sennheiser for live shows (the added features are more useful then). Besides those distinctions, the Line6 and Sennheiser systems are almost neck and neck!
If you’re not worried about getting pristine ‘cable quality’ sound, then the cheapest wireless guitar system available is Chord VGW1 VHF guitar system, which costs just £38. This wireless system is great value, but perhaps not reliable enough for anyone intending to use it for professional live or studio purposes.
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