Best Wireless Guitar System

Tired of being tied to an amp? Get ready to free yourself from the hassles of cables with our Wireless Guitar System Roundup.

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There are three types of wireless systems, the older wireless guitar systems run on VHF Radio frequencies ranging from 30MHz to 300MHz, these are no longer advisable. Most of what we featured are wireless guitar systems that use UHF TV frequencies, which range from 300Mhz to 3GHz, they provide wider range and have less disruptions. The latest trend in wireless technology is called Digital Wireless systems. These expensive wireless systems are gaining in popularity because of their interference free operation, tone transparency, and tone shaping capabilities, which makes them the best overall.

Unlike guitar cables where you can simply plug-in and play, take note that even the best wireless guitar system will fail if you do not set it up properly, or if you do not understand its specifications and limitations.

Line 6 Relay G50 Digital Wireless Guitar System

Line 6 is a relatively new comer to the wireless guitar scene, but their Relay series have already become one of the best dominating in terms of sales, with the G50 being the top seller. The G50 is lightweight, easy to use, and has a maximum range of 200 feet. What makes it stand out is its clear uncompressed signal. Other practical features that add to its benefit include battery life meter, sturdy built and quiet operation. As expected from Line 6, they added a nifty feature to emulate cable tone, complete with cable length selections. Get the latest price & reviews at Amazon.com.

Shure PGXD14 Digital Wireless Guitar System

The PGXD14 is Shure's top rated digital bass and guitar wireless system. What it lacks in features it makes up with its simple operation and its clean and strong 24-bit digital audio signal. True digital diversity technology is implemented for interference free audio transfer. Other practical features include power, mute and battery status indicators, 200 feet operating range, and its one-touch sync which automatically sets up the PGXD14 for best performance. Get the latest price & reviews at Amazon.com.

Nady MGT-16 UHF Wireless Instrument System

The Nady MGT-16 is a compact 16 channel UHF wireless system, and one of the best in this category, designed for bass and guitars. You get all the basic features of UHF wireless including 250 feet of range, auto sync infrared set up, and LED indicators for low battery, power and RF reception. Its main selling point is its small sized components. Just plug-in the small bug type transmitter to your guitar and enjoy a truly wireless guitar experience without any belt packs. Plus the stompbox sized receiver will easily fit in your pedalboard for seamless integration into your rig. Get the latest price & reviews at Amazon.com.

Airline AG1 UHF Guitar Wireless System

The Airline UHF guitar wireless is specifically designed by Samson to be compact and guitar friendly. The receiver comes in a sturdy stompbox like configuration just like the Nady MGT-16. You can easily add it to your current set up without hassle. The Airline UHF system also comes with miniaturized transmitters that take the place of inconvenient body pack transmitters. It comes in two styles - AG1 for traditional jack inputs found on the bottom while AF1 is designed for Strat style, top mounted inputs. The Samson Airline series has all the basic controls including Squelch. Get the latest price & reviews at Amazon.com.

Sennheiser FreePort Instrument Wireless System

The Sennheiser FreePort is another popular UHF wireless guitar system. It is known for its durable build and for its clean signal. You get four UHF frequencies, and it employs diversity technology receivers that provide you with high reception quality. It comes with the usual body pack transmitter which sends out the signal to a rack style receiver. Other features include adjustable Squelch and has a built in dynamics processor. You will also like the slick and robust metal housing of the receiver. Get the latest price & reviews at Amazon.com.

Nady UHF-4 Guitar Wireless System

For budget conscious guitar players, the Nady UHF-4 is the top choice. At a little over $100, you get a fully functional UHF guitar wireless system that simply works. It has all the basic elements of a wireless system which include a range of 250 feet, Squelch control, Tone Key, LED indicators and decent battery life. For its price, you get wireless range and decent sound which would equal that of expensive wireless systems. The downside of the Nady UHF-4 however is its plastic build which looks and feels fragile. This wireless guitar system is a good affordable choice, you just have to take extra care in handling. Get the latest price & reviews at Amazon.com.

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Its great to see all these

Its great to see all these Guitar wireless systems. The Line 6 really has far range doesnt it? its good to see even though its wireless it doesnt loose its quality in sound transmition. Wireless is defiantely the way to go if those havent gone that way yet. Thanks for the post.

Carvin UX1000-BP Wireless Guitar System

I have a Carvin UX1000-BP wireless guitar system and it is by far the best unit out there. Line 6 makes a big deal about two things - companding and cable tone selection. But the fact is, "companding" is used to remove interference (generally from AC and/or DC current - and digital is as much susceptible to this interference as is analog)! Ever watch your HDTV and all of a sudden it becomes pixelated due to interference? However, analog systems have less "noise" - and can actually still differentiate between signals. That analog wave is going to bounce off anything and everything (walls and even the atmosphere) and can still be processed; whereas digital is purely line-of-sight and interference can come from objects and other units, as well. As for "cable tone" - that is normally called "EQ". Those selectors are given so that you can tweak your sound - all marketing mumbo-jumbo. What this means is, you are NOT getting the actual sound of the guitar or bass, and have to "select" the cable - yeah, okay. In any case, for the money - and though it's really a Nady unit in disguise - the Carvin UX1000-BP is stellar. Don't know who Nady is? Just some guy who was THE FIRST to use wireless tech for musicians - even won some Grammy's on the side. So, as a general test for sound - hook up all your wireless units to an acoustic guitar and listen. If it sounds like an untethered (no cable attached) guitar - BUY IT.

AKG WMS 450/470, Carvin UX1000, Nady MGT-16

I agree with "Anonymous" about the Carvin UX1000 system - got one and it's very, very reliable. I'm in two bands - and two of our members both have Shure sytems, and sometimes they don't work; most of the time it's "sketchy" and you have to re-do the infrared sync; but when you're a professional, you don't do "sketchy"! But man do they make microphones!!! We got 5 SM57's and 5 SM58's - can't get any better. Lead guitarist on band #1 used to have a Line 6 G30 by Line 6, then he swithced to a Nady MGT-16. He did a side-by-side comparison and the Nady was on top by a huge margin, even distance wise (yeah, we drove the car down a quarter mile or so down the road!). When it comes to channels, the Nady has more options to pick from that didn't have interference (he lives in a area where there are quite a few antennas - they are made to look like "trees"). Another system that's really great for the money - if it were not for the crazy options and menus (the reading requirement is outtadisworld!) - is the AKG WMS 450. It's been changed to the WMS 470 guitar system but it's the same thing. One caution - the battery life you get is only 6 hours on an alkaline, the Carvin runs on two AA's and goes for 30 hours. Forgot about this one, and ran out of juice mid song! So, change it after every two shows, you're good to go!

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