Fancy breaking free and letting loose on the stage? Well, check out these wireless guitar systems and find your perfect partner!

Freedom to roam and dominate the stage…

When it comes to laying it down in a live setting, there’s nothing better than being able to perform untethered from cables and/or leads. But how do you do this? With a wireless guitar system my friend!

With one of these bad boys in your arsenal you don’t have to worry about fraying wires when packing down or having to “coil your cables properly“. You can run around doing your best Angus Young impression with wild abandon, safe in the knowledge that your lead singer won’t accidentally trip over your lead (fight ensues, band breaks up, game over, etc.).

However, you may still be wondering whether or not it’s worth taking the plunge. After all, you’ve always just used cables and they’ve done the job, right?

What is a guitar wireless system?

Though it might seem like an obvious question, there’s bound to be some of you who are reading this with a puzzled expression and wondering ‘what is he on about ‘wireless guitar system’?’.

In short, a wireless system replaces the need for a guitar cable or lead to connect your instrument to your pedalboard or amp. Therefore, it is made up of a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter slots into your guitar, the receiver can come in one of several forms as you’ll find out. In some cases, the receiver looks like a broadband router with a pair of antennae and sits one top of your amp. However, they can also resemble a guitar pedal that sits sweetly into your pedalboard or even a USB dongle.

Pros and Cons

As with anything there are certain questions one needs to ask before dipping into your pocket and spending that hard-earned cash. I’ve tried to pick out the notable benefits that wireless systems can bring, common questions that are asked, and downright obvious stuff that you need to consider.

1. Less chance of falling on your backside

I’m not about to start slinging mud in the direction of cables and leads. Everywhere from the bedroom to the studio to the stadium stage, they are crucial for ensuring your signal chain is firing on all cylinders. From patch bays to pedalboards they are essential pieces of kit. Not only that, but bands have survived long enough without wireless systems to keep them ticking over, haven’t they?

However, if we take the following example of a stage setup that includes a pair of guitarists, a bassist, and a vocalist, then their cables alone can lead to some unwanted trip hazards. Scale the venue size up and the temptation to let loose becomes insatiable. But what if you go in one direction and the bassist heads off in another? On that dark stage you create a criss-cross mesh of wires that is a veritable Health & Safety Executive nightmare! (Probably not that bad but I’m painting pictures with words here!) Wireless technology allows you to avoid those potential trip hazards completely.

2. Are wireless systems reliable?

Thankfully, yes! Over the years wireless systems have come on in leaps and bounds. Diminuitive transmitters slot into your guitar’s jack socket discreetly, whilst the receiver can sit in your backline, tucked away with any effects or slotting in nicely alongside your pedalboard setup.

Thanks to their ingenious design, wireless systems are generally very easy to setup. In most cases you simply plug in or switch on the receiver, switch on the transmitter, press a sync button and the system does the rest. Even I can do it (and that is saying something).

3. Are they affordable?

Whatever you’re buying, you want to make sure that you get the best value in terms of price vs usage. Thankfully, there’s a plethora of options available in the world of wireless systems – as you’ll see in our list below. Big name brands such as AKG, BOSS and Line 6 all offer some mightily impressive professional-grade hardware. However, there are lesser known brands such as Aroma who punch well above their price tag. As to whether or not they’re affordable depends on yourself, but if you buy the right system and treat it with care, you’ve (potentially) got a performance partner for many years to come.

Picking the wireless system for you

Ah decisions, decisions. I’ll start off with some more affordable options and we’ll make our way up in price to give you an idea of what is available.

1. Aroma ARU-03/ARU-03S – Excellent for First Timers

Aroma ARU-03 Wireless Guitar System

Specs

  • Range: Up to 50 feet line-of-sight
  • Frequency response: 40Hz – 18kHz
  • Dynamic range: 110dB
  • Operating band: UHF
  • Sample rate: 24-bit

Coming in as the most affordable options in our selection are the Aroma ARU-03 and ARU-03S wireless guitar systems.

Essentially offering the same specs across both models: 5 UHF channels; simple one-button system for easy pairing; USB charging cable; 24-bit sample rate; 40Hz to 18kHz frequency response; 50-feet range between transmitter and receiver; the main difference lies in the receiver design. The ARU-03 system features different coloured units, whereas the ARU-03S pairs a dongle-like transmitter with a base station equipped with a pair of antennae.

Aroma ARU-03S Wireless Guitar System

However, whichever one you go for they both offer the perfect stepping-stone into the world of wireless guitar systems. You can go to full charge in just 2 hours and get 4.5 hours of continuous charge to play with. Whether you’re jamming with your friends or performing to an adoring crowd it should be ample time to lay down your licks in style. With a 60-degree rotatable head you can switch between instruments with differing jack outputs without any fuss, ideal for those with an extensive arsenal on stage.

2. Line 6 Relay G10S – For Pedalboard Pros

Line 6 Relay G10S Wireless Guitar System

Specs

  • Range: Up to 130 feet line-of-sight
  • Frequency response: 10Hz – 20kHz
  • Dynamic range: 118dB
  • Operating band: 2.4GHz
  • Sample rate: 24-bit

Built with a durable metal chassis in a compact form that allows it to sit in the most densely packed pedalboard arrangement with ease, the Line 6 Relay G10S makes life incredibly easy. Plug the transmitter into your guitar and thanks to the “Automatic Channel Scan” feature, it’ll sync up with the receiver seamlessly. There are 11 channels available, which means that you can easily avoid clashing with any other wireless units in the vicinity. Not only that but visual indicators on the receiver inform you as to how much juice your battery has left and how strong your wireless signal is.

You can wander freely up to a very generous 50-feet range with pristine audio transmission over the 2.4GHz RF carrier frequency. With frequency response ranging from 10Hz to 20kHz you can rest assured that the subtle nuances of your intricate playing technique will ring out with the utmost fidelity. Boasting 8 hours of active battery life and 200 hours on standby from a single charge, there’s every chance that you’ll end up running out of energy before the battery does.

Though it may be the priciest option on the list, it is with good reason. Line 6 know a thing or two when it comes to wireless guitar systems, and the much lauded Relay G10S Stompbox deserves all the praise it gets.

3. Line 6 Relay G10 – Simple & Effective

Line 6 Relay G10 Wireless Guitar System

Specs

  • Range: Up to 50 feet line-of-sight
  • Frequency response: 10Hz – 20kHz
  • Dynamic range: 118dB
  • Operating band: 2.4GHz
  • Sample rate: 24-bit

The Line 6 Relay G10 offers similar specs compared to that of the stompbox-ready G10S minus the metal chassis, visual indicators or the additional channel switching options. However, if you want high quality signal transmission without the fuss then it doesn’t get much better than this.

4. BOSS WL-20/20L – Masterful Performance

BOSS WL-20 Wireless Guitar System

Specs

  • Range: Up to 50 feet line-of-sight
  • Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Dynamic range: 110dB
  • Operating band: 2.4GHz

The BOSS WL-20 and WL-20L systems are designed for high and low impedance instruments, which means they suit passive and active powered setups respectively. As we all know, BOSS is adept are building gear that gets the job done without any fuss, and not only that but it lasts a laugh time.

The WL-20 systems are both a doddle to set up, simply connect receiver and transmitter to guitar and wherever you want to send the signal to, leave for ten seconds and let them do their thing. On a single charge you get up to 10 hours of continuous use out of the system, with the ability to confidently roam up to 50-feet. Equipped with BOSS proprietary Cable Tone simulation, the WL-20 system manages to return the characteristic high frequency roll-off often produced by standard guitar cables.

All this and pocket-sized proportions. It begs the question: is there anything that BOSS can’t do?

5. BOSS WL-60 – Pedalboard Powerhouse

BOSS WL-60 Wireless Guitar System

Specs

  • Range: Up to 65 feet line-of-sight
  • Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Dynamic range: 110dB
  • Operating band: 2.4GHz

The BOSS WL-60 wireless guitar system is an absolute monster when it comes to performance. The receiver is designed to take up residence on your pedalboard and can power several BOSS compact pedals when operated using the DC power supply. However, it can comfortably transmit your signal running on battery power alone.

Up to 14 BOSS wireless systems can operate within the same area (roughly 65-feet) simultaneously, perfect for ensembles in large numbers. As with the WL-20 systems, the WL-60 features Cable Tone Simulation and with that there are buttons to operate Cable Tone, Channel Select, Enter and Frequency Scan too. Thanks to the built-in graphic LCD display you have instant visual feedback with regard to the channel that you are operating on, allowing you and your band members to setup your systems with ease.

The durable bodypack transmitter works with any guitar or bass, so you can seamlessly hit the stage with whatever instrument you need to, whether guitar or bass with active or passive pickups.

If you don’t quite need the LCD display but still want the pedalboard features, there’s always the BOSS WL-50 wireless guitar system. Hurrah!

Get in touch

Check out our complete range of Guitar Wireless Systems within our Guitar Accessories over at the Dawsons website. Alternatively, head to your nearest Dawsons store where our in-store specialists are more than happy to help you out.