Any Recommendations for wireless (bass) system in $300.00 to $400.00 range?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by arcieangelo, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. arcieangelo


    Oct 14, 2010
    Greetings. Can anyone recommend a wireless system for bass guitar. I'm willing to spend up to 300.00 or 400.00 (but only if price justified). We gig mostly in small bars but I need to go wireless to walk the room occasionally to critique sound. (I also hate stepping on guitar chords.)

    I'm currently using a cheaper Nady system. I've gone through 4 wires that run from the guitar to the transmitter. I would actually prefer a transmitter that plugs directly into the guitar jack (with no wire). However, I couldn't find any on Musician's Friend.

    If recommending a system towards the top of my price range, please tell me why you feel it is justified. Thanks in advance for any input. I really don't know much about these systems.
  2. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    Line 6 is pretty much the standard in that price range now. Relay G30 or G50...
  3. codethechode

    codethechode Guest

    Jul 21, 2011
    In the past wireless was always tough for bass players, most of the stuff on the market just couldn't hit those low frequencies or they would lose signal ( the usual stuff) . I have a line 6 g30 and absolutely love it. It has a digital signal which allows for virtually no interference or cutting out. I've had this unit for almost a year and a half now and have never had anything cut out at a show or had a failure of any kind on any part of the unit. The only time the unit cut out was when i went out side of its range. My guitar player bought on because he saw how awsome mine was and says as he'll never use anything but digital stuff. The g50 has more range and the receiver is built a little Better but they all have that digital aspect. I can distinguish no difference between cable tone and the wireless, it's that exact. you won't regret dropping money on one of these.
  4. CrankinYankee


    Oct 28, 2010
    I bought the G 50 and although I liked the sound, the build quality left me wanting...add to that customer service is non-existent. :( Friend of mine is a FOH engineer/stage mgr. for a larger 70-80's artist and all the guys WERE endorsed through Line 6...due to the same issues he had all the guys go back to Shure, (as have I).

    There is a guy on ebay that sells a ton of Shure stuff at pretty good prices... custeraudio | eBay

    Shure costs a little more, but never had any issues with the stuff!!:bassist:
  5. bassguy72

    bassguy72 Guest

    Sep 7, 2011
    Shure PGX series........
  6. deekay911


    Nov 4, 2007
    Charleston SC
    Line 6 G50
  7. cadet

    cadet Guest

    Aug 12, 2008
    Eugene, OR
    Another vote for the Line 6 G50. Metal construction on the transmitter. Nice sized receiver. I've used the receiver loose, stomp box style with my IEM rig and also mounted it with foam mounting tape to the roof of a rack rig.
  8. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    Another vote for Line6. My Relay G30 has been flawless except for the belt clip breaking off. And Line6 Customer Service was, indeed, completely useless in trying to get that fixed. One Neotech wireless pouch (for $10) later and the G30 is even better than new.

    And the G30 uses a regular instrument cable to connect the transmitter to the guitar. I like that much better than the G50 or others that use a special, small connector on the cable that connects to the transmitter.
  9. Line 6 is better than a cable.

    The key is look for true digital wireless. It doesn't have the problems that plague analog.
    All the other manufacturers are now coming out with "digital", but not all digital is created equal.

    These digital systems are also getting good reviews
    Wi Digital Systems
    I don't know about their range.
  10. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I had a good experience with Line 6 CS, though it ultimately didn't work out. My X2's were from before Line 6 buying them, and the transmitter battery door broke on one. I called them and they sent me one free immediately. Unfortunately, the newer models of the same transmitter have a sightly different door and it didn't work and they didn't have anything from the old days. But props to Line 6 for trying. They've been really good wirelesses, though...nothing in that price range touches them that I've found. I only wish wirelesses had a 9v plug so you could use them without batteries.
  11. SteveL54

    SteveL54 Guest

    Oct 4, 2010
    Another vote for Line 6 G30. Been using it for just 1 year, and no problem at all. I like to roam around when I play, and I've never had a dropout. No matter what the battery indicator says, I always put in new batteries (AA) before every gig. Good to go all night.
    Jimmy, I'm a little confused by your reply. You want a wireless that you can plug power into? Making it... not wireless? Unless you are referring to the receiver. No batteries there. Just an AC adapter......
  12. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    No, not the receiver...the transmitter.
  13. gregbackstrom

    gregbackstrom Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2005
    Tacoma, Washington
    The transmitter is your body- pack. Plugging that into a power source would be, well, sorta old-school, wouldn't it? (Similar to a cable?) Maybe you gotta be an Ampeg guy to want that!
  14. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
  15. Clammy


    Nov 3, 2008
    Ottawa, Canada
    Endorsing Artist: Neal Moser Guitars, DR Strings
    Another vote for the Line 6 G50. I've had mine for well over a year, and it's been all over the world with me. It's been flawless. When I first got it, I a/b'ed it with my George L's cables and couldn't hear any difference at all.

  16. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Just trying to preserve the nuances of my hot-aZZ playin.
  17. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    One more vote for Line 6 G30. :cool:
  18. Mortification78

    Mortification78 Guest

    Feb 26, 2011
    Grandview, MO
    To fulfill the OPs requirements, I have found a candidate. The Samson Airline Synth Wireless Guitar system. The included transmitter plugs directly into the 1/4" jack. The receiver has over 300 freqs to operate on including the FCC reg'd 700MHz range.(these could safely be used outside the U.S.) The price is at the extreme upper end of the spectrum at $399. I would recommend which includes free shipping and 2 year warranty. All this being said, I own the Line 6 G50 Wireless system and I totally love it!!

  19. jacoby75

    jacoby75 Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2010
    Coldwater, MI
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Guitars, DR Strings
    G50 is the way to go. It's the only wireless I've ever used and liked in 25 years of playing. It's the only one I'd ever use, except for maybe the rackmount version, but I couldn't justify the difference in cost for what I needed it for. Or perhaps one of the professional Shure systems that cost around $2,500.00, but unless you're a certified rock star making serious money, that's a tad ridiculous. And it still might not sound as good as the G50. As has been said above, it truly does sound as good as my monster cable, if not better. And the features are great.
  20. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Prpbably does...wireless removes the capicitance of cables and brings back a little high end. And in the Line 6 wirelesses, I believe they also put a capacitor in there to give you a 12k rolloff, which is similar to plugging a normal cable in, and that's why the frequency response sounds more like a cable. If they don't still do it, they did at one time for sure. Monster cables have higher capacitance buildup, so they roll off highs lower than your usual cable. So between the loss from the Monster cable and the point where the wireless rolls off high end, you likely did gain back a few highs. Subtle, no doubt, but there's every chance that's what happened.