A wireless guitar system is very useful for a musician who has gigs. The wireless system helps do away with wires connected to an amplifier and electric guitar since a transmitter is already attached to the guitar, and an amplifier is connected to a receiver.
Musicians who play the guitar while performing may find it difficult to play with cables attached since the wires can get unplugged, get in the way, trip the performer and limit movements. A practical solution is to use a wireless guitar system that will allow a performer to freely move around a stage.
A wireless guitar system is affordable and does not affect sound quality. If several members of a band use wireless systems, it is advised that different frequencies be used by each member for the systems to work properly. Wireless systems will not work simultaneously at the same frequency.
Look at the following factors before you buy a wireless guitar system.
1. Set a budget before you purchase a wireless guitar system. Include actual unit costs and other related fees for shipping and added accessories.
2. Compare the features, similarities and differences between the different types of wireless guitar systems manufactured by the common brands: Audio-Technica, Shure, and Sennheiser. The two common systems are:
- A basic system that includes a receiver and a belt-pack transmitter that has a matching cable that plugs into a guitar and an XLR output wire plugged into a mixer or amplifier.
- The X2 digital wireless system that makes use of an analog wireless system. Signals from the guitar are compressed in a transmitter, later expanded in the receiver, and are transmitter to a mixer or amplifier. The X2 digital system converts signals in a digital domain and sends this signal wirelessly. It is again converted back in a receiver in analog form. The advantage of this system is that signals arrive in a mixer or amplifier with intact dynamic range. The signals sent do not feel “choked” even if wireless.
3. Specify the features and capability of the unit you need and want.
- Consider your usage and the number of units you need.
- Decide on the range and distance you require relative to the soundboard.
- Look into the battery life and signal diversity. A unit with a stronger signal has a longer range.
4. Compare reviews and prices. Look at various models to
- Find out how compatible the unit is to your existing sound system.
- Match the wireless guitar systems’ frequencies to make sure they would not interfere with your equipment, especially used when simultaneously.
5. Choose the unit that and best fits your needs and budget.
If you cannot find a unit that matches your need or budget, consider putting together a DIY wireless microphone to a wireless guitar system. This may be cheaper and more practical for you.
You will need to purchase a wireless microphone or just use an old unit that can send FM radio signals or any wireless microphone that has a receiver. You would also need a 1/4" audio jack and a case or plastic box.
To assemble the unit, go to this link: