Wireless Transmission Systems Guitars

Playing electric guitar without tangled cables is finally possible!

If you want to play guitar at rehearsal, on stage or in your living room at home without getting tangled up in your own cabling, you will get your money's worth with a wireless guitar system. The sophisticated systems for wireless transmission of the guitar signal not only ensure a tidy stage set-up without trip hazards in the form of annoying instrument cables, but also offer first-class signal transmission and absolute freedom of movement for the musician. A wide range of wireless transmission systems is available in the MUSIC STORE Online Shop, from compact mini systems to comprehensive solutions for wirelessly connecting entire bands!

Transmitter and Receiver

All wireless systems for electric guitar start with a transmitter unit and a receiver unit. The transmitter's task is to convert the instrument's signal to be transmitted into a radio signal, while the receiver is usually located at the amplifier or at the input of the pedalboard where it converts the received radio signal back into a normal audio signal. A classic solution to accommodate the transmitter in the most space-saving way possible is the so-called body pack, which can be easily attached to the guitar strap or the musician's belt and has a connection for a short connecting cable between the instrument and the transmitter. The absolute classics here are the AKG WMS 40 Mini or the Line 6 Relay G30. Nowadays, there are even more compact solutions such as the XVive U2 or the Fame WT-01 Wireless System, which connect the transmitter directly to the jack plug of the electric guitar in a smart device.

True Diversity or Non-Diversity?

People switching from classic cable to wireless are often faced with the question: What is actually the difference between Non Diversity and True Diversity? Roughly speaking, the terms distinguish the functioning of the receiver units into one-way and multi-way systems.
Non diversity units are usually extremely compact and have one antenna on the receiver that receives the signal of the transmitter on the set frequency. Due to their space-saving design, non-diversity systems are often found in simple radio transmission systems for home use.
True Diversity receivers, on the other hand, have several antennas that operate on the same frequency and contain internal electronics that select the receiving antenna with the greatest signal strength. This makes true diversity systems particularly attractive on large stages and in environments with shielding or reflective elements, as such multi-way receivers work particularly reliably here.

Broadcasting on the right frequency

To ensure that musicians with their various signals do not get in each other's way and can legally use the airwaves, the choice of the right radio frequency is of course crucial. According to the German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), there are various ranges that allow radio communication without prior registration. Currently, these include the VHF spectrum from 174 to 230 MHz, the UHF ranges 470 to 608 MHz and 614 to 694 MHz for professional applications, as well as the duplex gap 823 to 832 MHz between the LTE downlink and uplink frequencies and the ISM range from 863 to 865 MHz. In addition, it is even possible to operate in the gigahertz range from 1.785 to 1.805 GHz, 1.88 to 1.9 MHz and 2.4 to 2.485 GHz, also without registration. This means that a large number of different selectable frequencies are available, allowing clear separation of the individual instrument and microphone signals of the entire band. By the way, it should also be noted that not only instruments and radio microphones, but also other participants of the radio traffic may transmit on these free frequencies! Therefore, especially during gigs, it should always be checked and ensured during the sound check that the selected frequency of the radio transmission system is actually unused at the time.