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, VHF, UHF and Digital. The older wireless guitar systems run on VHF Radio frequencies ranging from 30MHz to 300MHz, these are no longer advisable. 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. We also feature some wireless guitar systems that use UHF TV frequencies that range from 300Mhz to 3GHz, these are affordable and practical alternatives to the digital systems.

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 has usurped more established manufacturers of wireless mic systems with their market topping Relay series. This line of digital wireless guitar systems continues to dominate in terms of sales, with the G50 being the top seller - thanks to its impressive sound, clarity and reliability. Professional guitarists like Dino Cazares and Robert Cray are convinced that this wireless guitar system sounds very much like an analog cable. Even big name bassists like Billy Sheehan approves of the Line 6 Relay technology!

The G50 is lightweight, easy to use, and has a maximum range of 200 feet. What makes it stand out is its ability to emulate cable tone, and it does so by applying controlled resistance to your signal, which subtly reduces the top end. The "Cable Tone" knob lets you set the "cable length" that you want to emulate, and you can turn it up to as much as 100 feet. And what's even more impressive is that the Relay G50 is able to emulate cable tone while maintining a clear and uncompressed signal. Other practical features that add to its benefit include battery life meter, sturdy built and quiet operation. Since this is made by Line 6, I won't be surprised if the Relay series will soon offer cable-modeling, where in it will mimic the behavior of various analog cables! Long story short, get this wireless guitar system and thank me later! Get the latest price & reviews at Amazon.com.


Shure GLX-D16 Digital Guitar Pedal Wireless System

Big name wireless systems maker Shure will not just sit still while guitar manufacturers like Line 6 overtake them. So to reclaim their top spot, they have recently released the GLX-D16, a digital wireless system specially designed for guitars with a receiver that takes the form of a stompbox.

This particular wireless system features impressive technology that improves its signal reliability, called "LINKFREQ Automatic Frequency Management". With this technology, the transmitter sends out multiple signals and the receiver will seamlessly switch and choose the best signal to output. This means that you will get the same clarity even as you move around within its 200 feet range of operation. The body pack also comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, while the pedal receiver comes with a built-in tuner. Get the latest price & reviews at Amazon.com.


Sony DWZ Series Digital Wireless Guitar Set

Although not well known for guitar equipment, music gear giant Sony joins this list with their DWZ Series Digital Wireless System, designed specifically for guitar and bass. As expected the result is an impressive and distinct looking wireless system that feature the latest in wireless audio technology.

The Sony DWZ Digital Wireless System boasts of 24-bit linear PCM digital transmission with a wide frequency range of 10 Hz to 22 kHz. Unlike older wireless systems, DWZ operates without audio "companding", which results in improved transparency. Signal drop-outs are also minimized thanks to the company's "space diversity reception system", which allows the system to choose stronger RF signal. The receiver includes 3 simultaneous audio outputs (1 x balanced XLR and 2 x unbalanced 1/4" phone) and allows for multiple powering options the include AC adapter, 9V battery or use of a distributed 9V power system. 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.

The main selling point of the Nady MGT-16 is its small-sized components. While other wireless systems require "belt packs", this wireless guitar system comes with a small bug-type transmitter that can be securely plugged and mounted into your guitar. The bug-type transmitter even comes in two different plug formats - a 30 degree angled plug designed for the recessed input jack of Strat-style guitars and a right angle plug for guitars that have top or side mounted input jacks. Finally, the stompbox sized receiver will easily fit in your pedalboard for seamless integration into your rig. Get the latest price & reviews at Amazon.com.


Samson Airline 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.

The transmitters also comes in two styles - AG1 for traditional jack inputs found on the bottom while AF1 is designed for Strat style, top mounted inputs. The transmitter and the receiver feature a host of guitar friendly controls, which include a Power On/Off and Mute switch with red/green LED indicator, a Peak LED indicator and an Input Level control that you can use to compensate for different pickups. Get the latest price & reviews at Amazon.com.


Audio Technica ATW-1501 System 10 Stompbox Wireless System

Audio Technica's System 10 ATW-1501 is another Digital Wireless System that takes the form of a guitar pedal. It is designed to be as convenient, intuitive and pedalboard-friendly, sporting a single foot switch that let you toggle between various output modes and to mute or unmute your wireless signal. Behind this simplistic interface however is impressive wireless technology that allows for reliable and transparent operation.

Following the digital wireless format, System 10 ATW-1501 operates in 2.4 GHz range, far from TV and DTV interference, and it is more than capable of safely handling your audio signal wirelessly, with its ability to receive up to eight body pack transmitters simultaneously. Finally, both the receiver and transmitter are compact and sturdy, and both are very easy to set up. If you are looking for a transparent wireless system that is backed by a reliable brand, then you should check this one out. 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 under $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!

I really like the look and sound of that new Line 6 G50.

I really like the look and sound of that new Line 6 G50.

I'm going to save up and get that one next month!

Line 6 Relay has been great

I've been using the Line 6 G50 for a couple years now and love the sound quality. I did A/B of it vs. cable vs. my Sennheiser G2 wireless. The G2 sucked the tone right out of my guitar, whereas the G50 was nearly indiscernible from the cable. Our other guitarist got a G30 and has been enjoying it as well. The G30 signal doesn't seem to be as reliable, cutting out occasionally for no reason. My old bassist had the same problem with his G30 too. Sound is great though.

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