How to hook up Wireless Guitar System

For every guitarist, it is necessary to have the greatest possibility of movement in each presentation. Relying on a wired connection reduces freedom of expression on stage. Therefore, having a wireless connection system may be the best option for the perfect development. So, in this article I’ll show you how to hook up wireless guitar system.

How to hook up Wireless Guitar System
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Different Kinds Of Wireless Guitar Systems

There are four different types of wireless guitar systems that you could choose from and they are:

  • Table Top Receiver
  • Rack-Mount Receiver
  • Pedal Receiver
  • Combination Plug Receiver
Wireless guitar systems are made up of 2 components which are the transmitter (the unit that plugs into the guitar) and the receiver (the unit that you attach to the amp/pedal/rack-mount)

How To Hook Up Wireless Guitar System

Guitar System Table Top Receiver

Tabletop Wireless Guitar System
  1. Place Receiver On Top of the amp or attach to the pedalboard.
  2. Charge Receiver – via wall plug or pedalboard power supply.
  3. Charge transmitter – via Batteries, USB, or receiver port depending on your wireless system.
  4. Once charged, attach Transmitter to Instrument
  5. Turn on Receiver and Transmitter (line 6 G10 automatically turns on when plugged in) 
  6. Select the same channel for both units (some are auto select)

Guitar System Rack-Mount Receiver

Rack Mount wireless guitar system
  1. Place Receiver on top of an amp or attach to Rackmount
  2. Charge Receiver – via wall plug 
  3. Charge transmitter – via Batteries, USB, or receiver port depending on your wireless system.
  4. Once charged, attach Transmitter to Instrument
  5. Turn on Receiver and Transmitter
  6. Select the same channel for both units (some are auto select)

Guitar System Pedal Receiver

Pedal Wireless
  1. Attach Receiver to Pedal Board 
  2. Attach Receiver to nearby Pedal using patch cable
  3. Charge Receiver – via DC to wall or DC to the power supply used for your other pedals. (this works just like a pedal) 
  4. Charge transmitter – via Batteries, USB, or receiver port depending on your wireless system.
  5. Once charged, attach Transmitter to Instrument
  6. Make Sure Receiver and Transmitter are turned on
  7. Select the same channel for both units (some are auto select)

Here’s a quick video on how to hook up a wireless pedal guitar system:

Guitar System Combination Plug Receiver

Combination Plug
  1. Make sure receiver and transmitter are fully charged via USB/Batteries
  2. Once charged plug Transmitter into the instrument.
  3. Plug Receiver into the amp or your pedalboard (where you usually plug cable attached to amp into the pedalboard)  
  4. Turn on Receiver and Transmitter (Boss WL-50 transmitter auto turns on when plugged in the instrument 
  5. Select the same channel for both units/unless it‘s auto

Here’s a quick video on how to hook up a wireless combination plug  guitar system:

Background of Wireless Guitar Systems

Technology has advanced terribly at scandalous rates and we with them. Still more the world of music. Music, which is something that motivates and excites us. That has produced in us so many beautiful emotions. Until very recently, musicians played in a garage with rebuilt equipment and patched cables. A big logistics. Trying to organize a band was super complicated, but they did it with the emotion of playing.

The spirit is still alive, but now supported by technological advances, music equipment has improved its technology. Electric guitars are an emblematic case. Before they were made with rudimentary electronic circuits, with rheostats and wires soldered with tin. That caused the sound to fail frequently, and when the controls were adjusted, a harsh interference sound came out of the horns. And with the cables it is the same story.

The musicians had to have an exclusive workshop to fix the cable connections, because when manipulating them, they detached from their tinned connections, or over the years, they broke internally, and began to fail or introduce interference in the sound. Quite a problem.

Another important topic is the transfer and tuning. All these cables had to be moved well in advance to the place where they intended to play, much more so on large stages. The musicians and their assistants, had to place a large array of cables and tie them with other cables. Only way to be able to connect to the musician’s instrument or microphones, from the place where they would be playing, to the sound consoles. And then from the sound consoles to the speakers, which were also several meters away. It is impossible that among so many connections, the cables and the thousands of connections, would not fail.

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The logistics were impressive, you had to have trucks to move the cables exclusively. And the installation began many hours before the first test. A lot of time was spent routing and installing all the cables with their equipment. After they were installed, the tests were done, and if there were any failures, it was a huge task to detect which connection was wrong.

During the concert, you had to have on hand, gigantic amounts of cables, hoping to replace cables. If any failure happened, especially at the time of a concert, you had to perform the installation of several auxiliary cables, to try to reduce the re-connection time. 

If a cable in the middle of a concert failed, an auxiliary was quickly connected to the guitar or equipment that was failing. At the other end, the console where the correct terminal had to be clearly identified. Quite a drama.

It was not only the logistics and the installation, but there was a very important point. The investment in that large number of cables, truck connections and installation assistants. Additionally, the extra time that the facilities had to be rented for the installation of cables of this gigantic operation.

The development of new technologies have greatly influenced the theme of music. One of the important points for the topic of connecting music instruments to sound equipment.

Wireless connection systems have greatly reduced the tuning of music instruments when using them. Especially on stage.

These technologies usually work at the Wifi frequency (2.4GHz) providing an average range of about 20m. But not only can we find wireless systems for electric guitar, there are also acoustic or bass guitars. But it is that the technology advances so fast, that we can also find at very cheap prices, wireless amplifiers and wireless pedals.

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Components and Connections Of A Wireless System

You don’t need much more to achieve this type of connection. The essential instruments you need are: A guitar, a wireless gadget, a pair of instrument cables, and the batteries needed for the wireless device.

Typically, the wireless system consists of two devices. The sender of the signal, and the receiver. It is very easy to connect this system. The first thing you should do is connect the cable to the guitar and the emitting device. Ideally, fit the emitting device to a firm side of the body. It is usually attached to the belt.

After the guitar connection is ready, the receiving device is connected to the amplifier. Similarly, these are related to a cable. It is advisable to place the receiving device on the surface of the amplifier or on any firm base.

Once the corresponding connections have been made, the amplifier is turned on and the signal test is carried out. To do this, adjust the appropriate volume and touch some notes. If interference is heard between sounds, the connection options of the devices should be calibrated. This is very simple.

Each device usually has a basic connection and adjustment manual. In the manual, the steps for signal verification are determined in detail. Keep in mind that the batteries used in the device must be new or have a good charge. If the batteries are flat, the device will always fail you.

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The sound quality is impressive, impossible to notice any difference in sound quality. You must be very aware of the quality of the equipment used to generate the wireless signal. It will depend on this to achieve the sharpness and reliability that we need at the time of a presentation, on stage or at home.

There is a great variety of very good quality equipment on the market. Take a good look at the specifications, and choose the one that best suits your equipment and your budget.

So if you haven’t switched to wireless yet, don’t waste time, wireless technology for guitars is top notch.

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Wayne

Wayne

Wayne is a long time guitar enthusiast that is forever learning more about the craft of guitars. Whether it's playing guitars, building them, prepping them to be played or just talking about them. Wayne would be the guy to go to.

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