Wireless guitar transceivers ?

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Emp_FabEmp_Fab Frets: 13040
Anyone wireless on their guitar ?  I'm considering giving it a go as there are some very cheap 2.4GHz units on eBay.  44.1KHz, 16bit.  I'm getting tired of tripping over my leads.
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  • fandangofandango Frets: 1023
    I have a Smooth Hound that works fine - and purchased for the same reason of not wanting to trip over my twisted cables.

    There's one in the classifieds right now: http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/132082/
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  • LestratcasterLestratcaster Frets: 341
    Been using my Line 6 G50 for 5 years now. Good sturdy piece of kit, plug in and play no real setup with finding frequencies needed as its all digital.
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 6986
    I have a Smooth Hound. Pretty simple and efficient. Doesn’t like being right next to the modem at home.

    Some people seem to have issues with wireless systems and  vintage style fuzzes so if you use one of them might be an issue. 
    Dum dum dum, dum dum de dum, dum dum dum, dum dummmm.
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  • ArchtopDaveArchtopDave Frets: 405
    Another Smooth Hound user. I had Heistercamp make me a pouch on one of their straps to hold mine. 
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  • not_the_djnot_the_dj Frets: 5551
    Smooth Hound user here as well ;-)
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  • digitalscreamdigitalscream Frets: 11586
    I'm gonna buck the trend here...I've got the Xvive U2, and it's spot on. No cable emulation, but I quite like the extra zing it gives the attack (since I use single coils, it really emphasises it at high gain, which is a good contrast to the other guitarist in the band).

    I upgraded from the Rowin WS-20, which are still pretty great - no noticeable latency, good battery life and about £60 from Dawsons. In fact, in use they're practically indistinguishable from the Xvive, Line 6 G30 or any of the other common ones around. The only reason I upgraded is that my Jaden Rose guitars have a recessed jack that they won't fit in.
    "Mains is ouchy if you get it up you" - Sporky
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  • vasselmeyervasselmeyer Frets: 2288
    Smooth hound user here. Awesome bit of kit and British-made. I had to play in a much smaller place the other day and took my smaller board and plugged in with a cable. I forgot what a complete faff it is.
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  • digitalscreamdigitalscream Frets: 11586
    Smooth hound user here. Awesome bit of kit and British-made. I had to play in a much smaller place the other day and took my smaller board and plugged in with a cable. I forgot what a complete faff it is.
    I really would've loved to go with Smoothhound, but I just use the Helix live and it would actually have been more of a faff to get the wireless unit cabled up...hence going with the bug-type ones.
    "Mains is ouchy if you get it up you" - Sporky
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  • mr-macmr-mac Frets: 188
    Love smooth hound.  Sounds same as cable and i can get it to same volume as cable without clipping which a schennheiser and another unit i borrowed couldn't.  The underwound paf's huge dynamics seemed to clip other units before i could get to same volume as cable ;)
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  • BGGBGG Frets: 385
    I've been using a 3rd hand Line6 G30 and I love it.
    www.groovetrain.co.uk
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  • simonksimonk Frets: 1113
    I’ve got the Smooth Hound and a Line6 G10. Smooth Hound for gigs, G10 for home/studio.
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  • Emp_FabEmp_Fab Frets: 13040
    Just for the hell of it, I’m going to buy the cheapest one I can find - an “Ammoon e5r3”, £13 delivered!!  I’m fully expecting it to be crap but I spend that on a pizza, so no big loss if it’s awful.  You never know - it might be half decent.  It’s only a short range radio transmitter at the end of the day. Hardly a complex bit of gear and easy to get the required frequency response with the cheap components available these days.
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  • WazmeisterWazmeister Frets: 3730
    I use the G10, and have tried the X-Vive.

    Like the G10, apart from that USB connector thingy.
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  • vasselmeyervasselmeyer Frets: 2288
    I expect the pizza will sound better as a wireless unit than something costing £15.
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  • Emp_FabEmp_Fab Frets: 13040
    Hahaha!   You never know...  I shall be the forum Guinea pig for cheap shit  =)
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  • papashandypapashandy Frets: 1
    I’ve been using a Shure wireless for a few years now. I love it. The freedom to wander around the house when practicing and do things like make a cup of tea mid song is great. Sometimes I go direct into the amp to stop myself getting distracted by pedals, there is a slight difference in sound but I wouldn’t say it’s better or worse, just a little different. I used to worry that the tone police would come and arrest me for using a wireless system with a Lazy J20 but now I don’t care, it still sounds great to me!
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  • mr-macmr-mac Frets: 188
    Be brighter as no cable.... @papashandy plug your normal or a long guitar cable between reciver and amp and see if it sounds same as without ;)
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  • ESBlondeESBlonde Frets: 2298
    +1 on the smoothhound. I use three transmitters and one receiver. Each guitar has its own transmitter so as I put one down I turn it off and as I pick the next one up I press on. Works seamlessly and is very fast for changeovers. Not had any issues with the smooth hound except once when first turning it on. I turned it off and on again and got clear strong signal again.

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  • trolleytrolley Frets: 27

    Used a Line 6 G30 live for several years, then bought a G90 to put in my Helix rack setup.

    No issues with either unit

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  • HattigolHattigol Frets: 637
    I have a Line 6 G10. It is both liberating and brilliant to be free of your amp - leads feel so restricting after you get used to going without them.

    BUT......the f***ing thing has packed up TWICE in less than a year. Each time, Line 6 have insisted I post it to them at my expense for a repair. I told them that I really wanted a refund but no joy.

    Working ok now but I would never trust the bastard thing fully.
    "Anybody can play. The note is only 20%. The attitude of the motherf*cker who plays it is  80%" - Miles Davis
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  • mr-macmr-mac Frets: 188
    Sent smooth hound an email suggestion for a semi/archtop version with altered jack so it will lie flat on 335's etc.  Such a small tweak would be awesome and not only be good for those with mainly 335's but those who are buying one for more than one guitar.

    its so bloody good i wish they'd turn their had to a wee plug in module for a mic as well with phantom switch.  A small module you can plug into any xlr mic of choice with similar sound quality would be bloody brill.


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  • David5150David5150 Frets: 114

    Line 6 G30 user here - used it for many a year and aside from the crappy battery clip (bless duct tape) all good

    A punter at a gig the other week asked me why I use it as I'm no more than 3 feet from my rig.

    Cos it's rock and roll was my answer!!

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  • simonksimonk Frets: 1113
    edited May 22
    David5150 said:

    A punter at a gig the other week asked me why I use it as I'm no more than 3 feet from my rig.

    Nice to know you can knee slide across the floor should the opportunity arise though innit?!

    It also ensures you won’t get any electric shocks from the dodgy wiring down the Dog and Duck...
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  • hotpickupshotpickups Frets: 880
    I use a Shure GLX16. Used it last Friday and walked around the crowd. Great fun and they loved it. Expensive but good and reliable 
    Link to my trading feedback:  http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/59452/
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  • GrunfeldGrunfeld Frets: 2631
    edited May 22
    David5150 said:

    Line 6 G30 user here - used it for many a year and aside from the crappy battery clip (bless duct tape) all goodA punter at a gig the other week asked me why I use it as I'm no more than 3 feet from my rig.Cos it's rock and roll was my answer!!

    G30 user here.  I use rubber bands instead of duck tape -- same fix though.
    Why use wireless?
    Crappy pub electrics.  I have no idea when the last guitarist actually went belly up cos of faulty electrics but with wireless it can't happen.

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  • JayGeeJayGee Frets: 451
    David5150 said:

    A punter at a gig the other week asked me why I use it as I'm no more than 3 feet from my rig.

    Cos it's rock and roll was my answer!!

    Cos you won’t find you've been knitting with the bass players lead and/or your singers mic lead, or wrapped it round a microphone stand, and the other guitarist can’t tread on your lead and either silence your guitar or rip the jack socket out.

    Seriously, just eliminating a bit of on-stage clutter makes it worthwhile...
    Don't ask me, I just play the damned thing...
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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 8320
    Grunfeld said:
    David5150 said:

    Line 6 G30 user here - used it for many a year and aside from the crappy battery clip (bless duct tape) all goodA punter at a gig the other week asked me why I use it as I'm no more than 3 feet from my rig.Cos it's rock and roll was my answer!!

    G30 user here.  I use rubber bands instead of duck tape -- same fix though.
    Why use wireless?
    Crappy pub electrics.  I have no idea when the last guitarist actually went belly up cos of faulty electrics but with wireless it can't happen.
    It's not foolproof tbh, if your guitar signal goes down because of a catastrophically dangerous amp fault the first thing you're gonna do is go over there and start wiggling metal jack connectors, but at least you won't have your lips against a mic at the same time I guess.  

    I too love my G10 in tiny pubs because it gets rid of the clutter under my feet. Having a long lead behind me on big stages has never bothered me that much. 
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  • David5150David5150 Frets: 114
    JayGee said:
    David5150 said:

    A punter at a gig the other week asked me why I use it as I'm no more than 3 feet from my rig.

    Cos it's rock and roll was my answer!!

    Cos you won’t find you've been knitting with the bass players lead and/or your singers mic lead, or wrapped it round a microphone stand, and the other guitarist can’t tread on your lead and either silence your guitar or rip the jack socket out.

    Seriously, just eliminating a bit of on-stage clutter makes it worthwhile...


    Agree 100%. My biggest bug bearer at gigs is I'm always the one standing in what looks like a nest of cables as I have the mixing desk by me.

    Singer has recently gotten a wireless mic and he's always taking a stroll out into the 'crowd' for a bit of a singalong. I've gotten into the habit of wandering out and trying to grab a seat with the most attractive girls when we do a few chilled out numbers. Why girls you ask......because their drinks mostly have straws so they can feed me booze while I'm playing (assuming I haven't knocked their drinks flying with the guitar)

    Playing live - love it!

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  • digitalscreamdigitalscream Frets: 11586
    The only reason I've gone wireless is that I really hate standing on cables - I tend to wear Converse-style trainers, and I find it actually gets quite painful by the end of a set, but extricating myself without falling over something while I'm playing is not a skill I have. Ergo...wireless.
    "Mains is ouchy if you get it up you" - Sporky
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  • JayGeeJayGee Frets: 451
    David5150 said:

    Singer has recently gotten a wireless mic and he's always taking a stroll out into the 'crowd' for a bit of a singalong. I've gotten into the habit of wandering out and trying to grab a seat with the most attractive girls when we do a few chilled out numbers. Why girls you ask......because their drinks mostly have straws so they can feed me booze while I'm playing (assuming I haven't knocked their drinks flying with the guitar)

    Playing live - love it!

    This too. A bit of punter interaction (going out and dancing, standing on a chair/table for a big “set piece” solo, photobombing peoples selfies, etc, etc) goes a long way for a pub/club act - I’m rubbish at talking to strangers but put a guitar in my hand and a band behind me so that I’ve got a role to play and some kind of script to follow and I can get out there and “sell” the act just fine. I hope we’re not relying on stunts, high-jinks, ands silliness (we certainly put a lot of time and effort into the basics) but I’m sure this distinguishes us from some local acts who may be as good (occasionally better) as musicians than we are but just stand there looking miserable, and goes a long way towards getting us repeat bookings, rate hikes, and regular followers.

    If we don’t at least look like we’re having fun how can we expect the audience to?


    Don't ask me, I just play the damned thing...
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