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Best guitar wireless systems 2022: set your playing free, from the rehearsal room to the stage

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Best guitar wireless systems 2022: set your playing free, from the rehearsal room to the stage
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Getting your hands on one of the very best guitar wireless systems is a truly liberating experience. Every guitarist has a love-hate relationship with cables. You do your research, ask your bandmates, and even fork out a little more than you were planning to… only to wind up with a crackly guitar cable that cuts out at the worst possible time. Although, cables are a fundamental part of playing guitar, right? Well, they don't have to be. Wireless technology has improved massively in recent years, meaning that the quality is higher than ever, and more affordable, too.

So, if you’re sick of getting tangled up in cables, or simply want to use the full stage to your advantage, then it may be time to go wireless. You’ll never have to worry about tripping over your cable or unwanted noise from a dodgy connection. With one of the best wireless systems you just get pure, beautiful guitar signal, freedom, and a whole lot less potential for things to go wrong.

We've included some in-depth buying advice at the end of this guide, so if you'd like to read more, hit the 'buying advice' tab above. If you'd rather get to the products, keep scrolling.

Best guitar wireless system: Our top picks

For the all-round best wireless guitar system, the Line 6 Relay G10S is a breeze to set up and has an incredible 130 feet (nearly 40 metre) range. In most clubs, that’ll allow you to wander off to the bar - maybe even the parking lot - and not lose signal. The system delivers 24-bit audio quality and selects the strongest frequency upon docking the transmitter with the receiver. Clever stuff.

If you have a bigger budget, the Shure GLXD16 is expensive, but you get plenty of bang for your buck, with a nifty receiver that can be housed in your pedalboard, a bright onboard LED guitar tuner, and a signal that will be rock-solid for distances up to 20-30m. The automatic frequency management makes setup a breeze, too.

Best guitar wireless systems: Product guide

Best guitar wireless systems: Line 6 Relay G10S

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1. Line 6 Relay G10S

Plug it in and go for a mid-set wander

Specifications
Price: $249/£199
Range: Up to 130 feet line-of-sight
Latency: N/A
Dynamic range: >112dB
Operating band: 2.4GHz
Sample rate: 24-bit
Reasons to buy
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Great range
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Can be used as a DI box
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Rechargeable battery
Reasons to avoid
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Compatibility issues with active pickups

Designed for use with guitar or bass, the Relay G10S can be housed on a pedalboard or beside your guitar amp as a standalone unit. It uses a transmitter with a 1/4-inch connector that attaches to your guitar’s output, much as a Wi-Fi dongle would for a laptop or TV.

With a full frequency response, a wide dynamic range to ensure your signal does not get compressed en route to your amplifier, 24-bit lossless digital audio quality, and Line 6’s Cable Tone tech to emulate the capacitance of a regular guitar cable, the G10S is an excellent system for the price, and offers fuss-free setup.

Best guitar wireless systems: Shure GLX-D16

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2. Shure GLX-D16

You want a pro-quality guitar wireless system? Oh, Shure you do!

Specifications
Price: $449/£289
Range: 20-30m
Latency: N/A
Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
Dynamic range: 120dB
Operating band: 2.4GHz
Sample rate: N/A
Reasons to buy
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Pedalboard mounting
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Onboard tuner
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Frequency management reduces stress
Reasons to avoid
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Expensive 

This system ships with Shure’s first pedalboard receiver, the GLX-D6, the GLX-D1 transmitter pack, and the WA305 Premium 1/4-inch to TA4F guitar cable that has a locking thread for secure connections between the transmitter and your guitar. Everything feels secure here and super-tough.

The GLX-D6 has a metal enclosure and is built to be positioned where it may get stepped on, and its bright LED tuner (strobe and needle) is a huge bonus. The unit features Shure’s LINKFREQ Automatic Frequency Management, so it will always find you a solid signal. If there’s interference, the unit will simply switch to another so that you can keep on playing.

Best guitar wireless systems: Boss WL-50

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3. Boss WL-50 guitar wireless system

A pedalboard-friendly design from the pedalboard ever-presents

Specifications
Price: $226/£139
Range: 65 feet line-of-sight
Latency: 2.3ms
Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz
Dynamic range: >110dB
Operating band: 2.4GHz
Sample rate: N/A
Reasons to buy
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Fuss-free and good performance
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DC output very useful
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Long battery life and USB charging
Reasons to avoid
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You have active pickups

As you might demand of a Boss unit, the WL-50 has a receiver that’s at home on your pedalboard, offering a convenient but excellent sound-quality performance. Ultra-low latency, excellent dynamics, full frequency response and a very respectable 65-foot range is just what we are looking for, while there are two onboard cable simulations to mimic the capacitance of cables.

You’ll get up to 12 hours of playing time from a single charge, while the receiver also has a DC output for powering external pedals. The unit is compatible with most guitars or basses with passive pickups.

Best guitar wireless systems: NUX B-5RC

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4. NUX B-5RC

A versatile option for all your electric instruments

Specifications
Price: $149/£124
Range: Up to 100 feet (30m) line-of-sight
Latency: N/A
Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
Dynamic range: >112dB
Operating band: 2.4GHz
Sample rate: 24-bit
Reasons to buy
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Compatible with most electric instruments
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Portable charging case
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Easy to operate – no set up required
Reasons to avoid
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Some complain of interference issues close to a Wi-Fi router

As far as plug in and play options go, you’re hard pressed to look past the NUX B5RC. A relatively new option on the scene, the B5RC has been designed with usability in mind and can be played right out of the box thanks to its use of automatic frequency matching. It’s also compatible with all types of electric guitars, acoustic-electric guitars, bass guitars and ukuleles, no matter with active or passive, piezo or magnetic pickups, making it a great option for people who need to use it on a few different instruments. 

With 15 hours play-time and the inclusion of a portable charge station that can fully charge the unit three times, it’s well suited to life on the road. Factor in it’s high, zero-latency performance and you have a pro quality unit at an amateur-friendly price. 

Best guitar wireless systems: XVive U2 Gold

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5. XVive U2

Plug it in and play

Specifications
Price: $149/£109
Range: >70 feet line-of-sight outdoors
Latency: 6ms
Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz
Dynamic range: >103dB
Operating band: 2.4GHz
Sample rate: 24-bit/48kHz
Reasons to buy
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Great value 
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More than enough range for small gigs
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Easy setup via right-angled connections
Reasons to avoid
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Dongles not the most elegant solution

Don’t be fooled – for the money and the unassuming dongle construction, XVive’s U2 has a very respectable range, a full frequency response and transfers excellent- quality audio. With only 6ms of latency, there is really little to complain about here. 

Some might find the transmitter/receiver designs a little primitive, but for an easily configurable wireless system offering this performance and change from 150 bucks, we can live with that.

It comes in a variety of finishes, too, including gold. The rechargeable lithium-ion batteries offer up to five hours of playing time.

Best guitar wireless systems: Sennheiser XSW-D

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6. Sennheiser XSW-D Instrument Base Set

The pro-audio specialist offers a neat solution for guitarists

Specifications
Price: $299/£189
Range: 75m (250 feet in optimal conditions)
Latency:
Frequency response: 10Hz - 18kHz
Dynamic range: >106dB
Operating band: 2.4GHz
Sample rate: N/A
Reasons to buy
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Excellent performance and design
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Convenient setup
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Automatic frequency management
Reasons to avoid
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Expensive

A smarter take on the dongle transmitter/receiver setup, Sennheiser’s XSW-D set is another wireless system that offers fuss-free use and high performance. Latency is super-low here - less than 4ms - while a maximum range of 250 feet in optimal conditions is more than most would need.

What if the conditions are sub-optimal? Well, the transmitter and receiver will flash green and red when the signal gets weak. Charge the system via the attached USB-equipped charger or any USB port.

Best guitar wireless systems: Samson AirLine 88 AG8

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7. Samson AirLine 88 AG8

Receiving you loud and clear – a solid system from a wireless stalwart

Specifications
Price: $399
Range: 150 feet typical (300 feet line-of-sight)
Latency:
Frequency response: 50Hz - 15kHz
Dynamic range: >100 dB
Operating band: various
Sample rate: N/A
Reasons to buy
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Long playing time
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Quality receiver and excellent low frequency response
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Long range
Reasons to avoid
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Transmitter isn’t rechargeable

The AirLine 88 was an expensive unit when it was launched, but it has come down in price considerably, and offers a low-latency and high-range wireless solution.

The transmitter is powered by AA batteries and offers up to 12 hours of playing time, while the receiver is a rack-mountable standalone unit, with 16 channels across a 24MHz bandwidth.

The receiver has options for a 1/4-inch output or balanced XLR (hello, bassists, this can be DI’d to the PA), and there's an adjustable level on the receiver for variable gain control. Samson says its Tone Key tech will shut out interference and the True Diversity design will prevent signal dropout.

Best guitar wireless systems: Ammoon 5.8 Ghz Wireless Guitar System

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8. Ammoon 5.8 Ghz Wireless Guitar System

Specifications
Price: $65/£59
Range: 100 feet (30m)
Latency: 5.6ms
Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz
Dynamic range: 100dB
Operating band: 5.8GHz
Sample rate: 24-bit/48kHz
Reasons to buy
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Easy to set up
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Less Wi-Fi interference on 5.8GHz
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Excellent value for money
Reasons to avoid
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Not compatible with active pickups 

If you were looking to explore the wireless option and didn’t want to over invest, you could do a lot worse than the Ammoon 5.8 GHz system. Firstly, this wireless system is simple to use and set up, and can be used straight out of the box. Secondly, operating on a 5.8GHz band means it is far less likely to suffer interference from devices operating on 2.5GHz like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth or other household items, so this system gets a tick for that as well. But it’s the price that sets it apart from a lot of others on this list. 

It’s easily one of the most reliable and efficient products out there under the $100 mark, and even gives some of the more expensive ones a run for their money too. Not quite zero latency, but at 5.6ms this is probably something most people wouldn’t notice anyway. And its 100 foot range is nothing to be sniffed at, making it suitable for even larger sized stages.

It does however, only have five hours working battery life. While that’s enough for most gigs or sessions, it might mean charging the device more often than you’d like.

Best guitar wireless systems: Audio-Technica ATR7100G

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9. Audio-Technica ATR7100G

Another budget option that offers great value

Specifications
Price: $39
Range: 300 feet line-of-sight
Latency: N/A
Frequency response: 80Hz - 13kHz
Dynamic range: 90dB
Operating band: various VHF
Sample rate: N/A
Reasons to buy
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Super-cheap
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More range than you could ever need
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Good performance for the price
Reasons to avoid
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You can afford a better system

Audio-Technica’s ATR7100G uses a bodypack and tabletop receiver setup, with a proprietary mini-jack to 1/4-inch cable included for attaching your instrument to the transmitter.

Range-wise, well, you’ve got plenty, and the 9V battery in the transmitter should keep you playing for up to 14 hours.

More expensive systems will offer better performance and a full frequency range, while the receiver is a simple non-diversity, single-channel design. But you can find this online for 40 bucks, so it's a good option for those exploring the potential of wireless systems.

Best guitar wireless systems: Nady DKW3GT

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10. Nady DKW3GT

A cheap and cheerful entry-level option

Specifications
Price: $59
Range: 300 feet line-of-sight
Latency: N/A
Frequency response: 80Hz - 14kHz
Dynamic range: 95dB
Operating band: various VHF
Sample rate: N/A
Reasons to buy
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It’s really cheap
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It has incredible range
Reasons to avoid
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Other units offer better performance

While systems such as XVive’s U2 and Boss’s WL-50 are a great entry point for those looking for a wireless system, the DKW3GT has them beat on price, and offers enough range to make it a credible proposition. 

The system uses a WGT transmitter that has a locking mini-jack to secure your connection between the instrument and bodypack, while the battery-powered bodypack has an LED that illuminates to let you know if it’s running low. The transmitter has an input-level adjuster, and Nady promises zero pop when switching it on and off.

Best guitar wireless systems: Buying advice

Best guitar wireless systems: Boss guitar wireless system in use

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What to look for in the best guitar wireless systems

When looking to invest in one of the best guitar wireless systems, there's one main thing you should consider before buying. Most of today’s best wireless guitar systems are very easy to use with many offering a 'plug in and play' experience, so you won’t need a background in audio-engineering to set yourself up - but you will need to ask yourself a few questions before taking the plunge.

How much should I spend on a guitar wireless system?

This path of wireless system self-discovery starts with probably the most important question - where will you be using it? We all love buying the coolest, best, most expensive version of the product we want, but is there much point when you'll only be using it in your bedroom whilst practicing your stage moves?

Honestly, the answer is no. If you're using a wireless system for anything other than big shows, any of the cheaper or mid-range systems will suffice. The sub-$250 price bracket is packed full of killer choices like the Line 6 Relay G10S, Boss WL50 and NUX B-5RC, all of which would be plenty good enough for any practice session, jam or club show. 

Obviously, if you've got more to spend and want the very best, any of the more expensive $250+ options will do you right - with increased durability, larger range and arguably a better tone - although the returns in tonal improvement will be very much diminishing.

How do wireless guitar systems work?

A wireless system comprises two parts: the transmitter and the receiver. The transmitter connects to your guitar via its 1/4-inch output jack, and can often take the form of a dongle, or a pack that can be attached to your belt or guitar strap. The transmitter sends your signal to the receiver, which can be rack-mounted, sit on top of your amp desktop-style, or sit on your pedalboard, and this has an output that is then sent via cable to your amp’s input.

One thing to be aware of, however, is that many wireless systems are not compatible with guitars with active pickups because of how the TRS jack output is configured. Always check your guitar and with the manufacturer before you get started. If you find yourself with such an issue, don’t go reversing your jack output just yet – a more simple fix might be to use a 1/4-inch adaptor or a 1/4-inch to 1/4-inch mono patch cable.

As for power, most receivers will more than likely take DC power, while the transmitters will be powered by batteries. A good guitar wireless system should offer many hours of playing time, so there should be no worries about running out of juice.

Aside from good battery life, features to look out for include high-range, multi-channel functions, wide frequency response and dynamic range, and low latency. As with most gear, you get what you pay for but you needn’t spend much for high-performance wireless audio.

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Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.