Wireless Guitar - Do you use it? Which system?
Hey everyone. I am currently looking at wireless guitar systems, hoping to reduce some of the spaghetti on the floor at shows and alleviate the paranoia of pulling out of my amp. In the earlier days there was a big sacrifice in tone with wireless units. It seems like the newer versions have improved in that area. So far, Line6 and Shure appear to have the best reviews for their devices.
I know we have a lot of experienced musicians here. Who is using or has used wireless in live situations? Recommendations? Pros/Cons?
Thanks in advance for any feedback.
Line 6 G50 - Pilot report.
I have a Line 6 G50
The Good - Signal seems rock solid - much better than my old AKG units. When I flipped back and forth with a cable at first I thought I heard a small difference but I've gotten used to it or I imagined it.
Receiver goes right on the pedal board and runs off my Voodoo labs Power supply just great. Signal strength and body pack BATTERY strength are clearly displayed on the pedal board mounted receiver. The Battery indicator has 3 green bars that click down like a gas gage - really nice - then goes red with you are getting close... The battery power is a bit pessimistic, which is good, even when you go "red" you'll still make it to the next break - easy. During practice I let it go just to see how much I had left - played well over an hour before it finally stopped. :)
Everything on the G50 is METAL and seems VERY well made - I heard guys with the G30 complain about the battery door - that's not an issue with the G50. The G30 does use a STANDARD 1/4 inch cable which is a plus but the rest of it is plastic and I didn't think it would hold up for me. G50 and G90 use the same belt pack - just rack mount vs. Pedal board mount. I like the pedal board mount because I notice the battery life indicator with it there... :wink:
The Bad - For a unit that seems really well made the instrument cable it comes with it is disappointing - too short and just seems to not be up to the same quality as the rest of the unit. It also uses a special connector to go to the body pack rather than 1/4". Fortunately it's the same connector that Shure uses for a bunch of their stuff! I bought a Sure Cable and Kept the line 6 as a back up. Lava Cable also makes a nice replacement. ;)
I'd buy it again. :beer: