If you have an electric guitar or bass, chances are you plug it into your amp or pedalboard with a cable, but there is another way, and it isn’t just for those of us who play stadium-width stages. Let’s take a quick look at some of the best guitar wireless systems.
Why do I need a guitar wireless system?
First of all, they are proper rock lord cool. Or, in the interests of balance, you could argue they make you look a little bit like your trying to be a rock lord.
The thing is though, unless you decide you’re going to run about all over the place, most people won’t even really notice. However, you should you decide you want to go and get a round in during your solo, it’s nice to know that you have the freedom to do that.
Flippant remarks aside for a moment, yes, wireless systems are great if you want to be able to move about during your performance. If, however, you are like me and spend most of the gig staring at your hands with your tongue poking out in classic concentration pose, there is another reason you might want to be cable-free.
We play quite a few pub gigs, and we’re usually fairly tight for space, and that’s why I want a wireless system: I’m fed up of standing on my cable. In a tight space, your guitar cable can become a bit of a liability, and if there’s barely enough room to stand comfortably, the last thing you want is for your big size twelves to get caught up in your cable and pull it out of your guitar. Or worse, tripping and ending up in the pint of a burly regular.
The best guitar wireless systems
We’ve picked our favourite four guitar wireless systems across a range of price points – from the almost impulse “I’ll treat myself” system, to a wireless solution for the always gigging professional. Prices correct as of 27/4/17
The system currently in use by our bass guitarist (who does own the stage with her performance!) is not only great value, it give you exactly what you need to break free of your cable and the beltpack transmitter offers up to 30 hours of use from a single AA battery.
The receiver offers an output on 1/4″ jack with adjustable volume and is powered from a switched-mode power supply.
Alto Radius 100M – £149
Another ready-to-go system, the Alto Radius 100M bodypack instrument system offers a dual antenna receiver that gives you outputs on balanced XLR and unbalanced jack that can be switched from mic to line level.
The squelch control allows you to minimise noise during quiet periods and set up is easy with the single-button optimal frequency scan and auto-sync between transmitter and receiver.
Shure BLX14 Instrument – £239
The BLX14 instrument system is the entry-level system from live sound gurus Shure. With an operating range of 100m, you should be fine. Really. XLR and jack outputs have you covered connection-wise and simple auto-setup gets the noise into your amp or pedalboard quickly and easily.
Shure GLXD16 Instrument – £409
Step up to the Shure GLXD16 instrument system, and embrace the performance and clarity of digital wireless. Oh, and the receiver fits neatly on your pedalboard!
The big plus for the GLXD16 (and the GLXD14 that features the regular receiver instead of the pedal) is the rechargeable battery in the transmitter. If you’re gigging regularly, the amount you’ll save on batteries over a year or two will be hefty.
Arrived at the gig and remembered you forgot to charge it? 15m and you’re good for an hour and a half.
Wireless guitar system questions?
As ever, if you have any questions about which wireless instrument system is best for you, give us a ring or call into one of our stores to speak with one of our friendly product specialists.