Having a wireless guitar is trouble free and allows you with freedom of movement during the performance. If you already own a guitar, and looking for ways to turn it into complete wireless you have come to the right place. Here I am going to cover every little detail on how to make your electric guitar wireless.
Process to go wireless begin with purchasing a wireless guitar system. If you are interested in every important aspect regarding which guitar system will suit you analog or digital, which frequency are available to you as a musician and how to improve reception with the wireless system read our post about how wireless guitar system works. However, if you are just looking to turn your guitar wireless without dig into the technical trouble, continue reading.
Wireless guitar system is quite popular for guitarists who want to play amplified without tangled cables. But how does that work? Anyone who has ever caught the lead of a singer or bass player on stage playing wireless must have asked this question.
The invention of the radio system provides a remedy: guitar, bass, but also voice and monitoring signals are increasingly being chased over the ether because this creates freedom of movement. Without cables, there is no tangle of cables, no trip hazards, no risk of falling for jacked amplifiers.
By the way: With systems from renowned manufacturers such as Shure, Beyerdynamic, AKG, and Sennheiser, you can expect no significant loss of quality compared to cable transmission. We are going to explain to you in detail how these radio system works to make the guitar wireless.
The connection works like this:
Short cable from guitar to …
Bodypack transmitter – this transmits the signal to …
What are radio systems Made for Guitar?
As a rule, a wireless system contains two main components: a transmitter and a receiver. Depending on the type of transmitter, a short cable may also be included, which serves to connect the guitar and the transmitter. There are multiple kind of transmitters you can opt to make your guitar wireless; some of them are outlined below.
1: Bodypack transmitter
This kind of transmitter are ideal for big stage performance. These small boxes are about the size of a cigarette box and usually weigh almost 100 grams. Attach them to your belt, waistband, bag, or guitar strap with a clip. The electric signal of the electric guitar is converted into radio signals and then emitted by this device. With digital radio links, the signal converts digitally and then emits.
2: Transmitter with integrated jack plug
Alternatively, there are compact transmitters that come with an integrated jack plug, which means they can be plugged directly into the electric (bass) guitar. These are less flexible and are therefore not used in the professional field. There is also the danger that it may slide out on stage while playing the guitar. However, guitarist on budget could take benefits of these without spending too much.
Commercial recipients (Receiver)
Now we come to the receivers that tap the signal from the transmitter. Most radio systems for guitar in the (semi) professional field have a receiver in the form of an inconspicuous small box. In devices with a professional orientation, the receivers are usually available in a 19-inch version.
On board are a display to show the selected channel or frequency and more, a few buttons and usually two antennas (Explain below)
Being a musician, it is always a good practice to use a wireless system with two antennas and the »Diversity« feature. Because this considerably increases the prospect of permanently interference-free radio transmission.
The reason is simply that the two antennas are a few centimeters apart. Background: radio signals can cancel each other out if they overlap. However, these overlaps always occur only in a few places in the room – the other antenna practically always gets a clean signal due to its different placement in the room. This is then automatically switched, which usually happens so quickly that no dropouts can be heard.
There are several types of diversity – true diversity, antenna diversity, etc. The differences between these technologies can only be experienced very rarely on smaller stages. A closer look is only necessary on substantial stages or in fixed installations with several rooms.
With time moving forward everything is evolving so is guitarist community. Most of the musician now has converted to wireless system but few still prefer the traditional way. You can entertain your fans with either ways, in the end it is all about personal preference and what make you feel happy as a guitarist and a musician.