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G 30 or G 50 wireless.

Discussion in 'Accessories [BG]' started by mdalamond, May 29, 2020.


  1. mdalamond

    mdalamond Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2012
    SE , North Carolina
    I hope this is the right place to post, if not please move.

    I need a little help picking a wireless. I want one that can be installed on my pedal board. Tuner is not important but a plus . What is important is reliability and customer service. I have narrowed my search down to the Line6 G30 and the G50.

    Has anyone had both and what were your likes / dislikes. Is the G50 worth the extra money. I like the fact that the G50 has a longer range and a metal receiver but I’m not sure I would ever be 200’ from the stage.

    What are your thoughts?
     
  2. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    of the two the G50 will be much more robust and reliable. if you're sticking with line 6 better still would be the newer G70, way more advanced. (i have the tabletop version the G75 and quite like it)

    still, what i see way more of now is the shure GLXD-16, that's kind of become an industry standard in this space
     
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  3. BassGuyFL

    BassGuyFL Formerly known as RichardCranium

    Mar 9, 2009
    Boynton Bch FL
    I've used both and never had any problems. With the 50 you need a special cable and the 30 just needs a regular 1/4 cable. The belt clip on the 30 is notorious for breaking off so I got the Neotech pouches for all my straps.
     
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  4. Agree with the comment on the G30 clip. After it broke, I glued and re-inforced the clip with rubber bands.
     
  5. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    The G70 is great, with one major exception. When it is on the floor, there can be line of sight issues. Generally, one thing can block it, and the second thing can cause a problem. You body can be one of those things. As an example, I had my G70 on the floor beside the drums on a large stage. It worked great, but each time I crossed to the other side of the stage, if I stepped back so the drums blocked line of sight to the receiver, I would get dropouts unless I kept my back to the drums.

    On small stages, this was an extremely manageable problem. For a while there, I was starting to do some bigger shows (before the global pandemic), and I decided this was unacceptable. I upgraded to a rackmounted Shure unit.

    I will note that with one of the national acts I opened for, all the guitar players used G70's. They all had them on their pedalboards at the front of the stage and had no problems.
     
  6. mdalamond

    mdalamond Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2012
    SE , North Carolina
    I decided on the G50. Line6 was running a memorial day sale on factory refurbished.
    I'm gonna give it a try. If I dont like it I may send it back and check out the G70 ot the Shure.
    On another note , how many of you use wireless IEMs with your wireless instruments. Any problems / conflicts.?
    I have a Shure PSM 300 coming.
     
  7. rhopper

    rhopper Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2009
    San Antonio, Texas
    I had a G30 for a while and it did not work well with a wireless router for our digital mixer. I bought a Shure BLX14 (not digital!) with absolutely no problems at all. Even though I don’t, it can easily be mounted on a pedal board (no antennas).
     
  8. rhopper

    rhopper Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2009
    San Antonio, Texas
    [QUOTE="
    On another note , how many of you use wireless IEMs with your wireless instruments. Any problems / conflicts.?
    I have a Shure PSM 300 coming.[/QUOTE]
    I use UHF based Shure wireless for my bass with the Shure PSM 300 with no issues at all.
     
  9. acid bass

    acid bass Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2010
    This is also a notorious issue with the 50s. It's so common that often when you're looking at these online the site will suggest a neoprene pouch that conveniently fits the body pack.
     
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  10. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Had the G50, nothing but drop out issues.
    Switched to a Shure GLXD16, its splendid!
     
  11. The G50 looks more robust, has a longer range etc... having said that. I've been using a G30 without issues for just over 10 years. Me? I'd buy the G30 again.
     
  12. That's true, the design of the clip is not great. It looks weak so I got a leather pouch for it when I bought the G30. The pouch attaches neatly and securely to my strap.
     
  13. Really? I didn't think line-of-sight was a requirement. My G30 certainly works with walls and doors in the way, and I've had to use it with it in my pocket when I misplaced the mounting pouch (several gigs). There must have been something else going on too.
     
  14. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    Maybe something else was going on, but I couldn't identify it. I do know that this wasn't a one-time thing; it was a recurring theme. Whether it was actually line-of-sight or something else became irrelevant, because the problem was real.

    Once I realized that I could stand in certain places on stage and deliberately cause a dropout by turning in a particular direction, I realized I had to upgrade. I ended up with a bigger investment in wireless, but I do seem to have eliminated the problem.

    The G70 may be a great unit for many people, and I still have mine, but it is now in a box on a shelf and I use my Shure QLX-D.
     
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  15. I heard of interference issues with local WiFi, maybe that was the problem? In any case, that would be a turn off for me too. I can't play with something that's not reliable. Those Shure units get really good reviews.
     
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  16. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Line of sight issues are a thing about digital wireless systems in general. But I have to say that in 4 years of using a G70 and taking it around the country, I have tried and tried to get a line of sight dropout on that thing, and not once have I been able to do it, even in the rooms that challenged even my old analog wirelesses.
     
  17. When I worked at a music store, we carried all of them. But when a theatre wanted a rack of wireless, we rented them Shure and Sennheiser.

    Also, look into the original, mythical X-Wire.
     
  18. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    did you update the firmware on the G70?

    the first batch had a dropout problem that was later corrected with an update.

    (still, the QLX-D is in a whole different league and not on the wi-fi band, for like twice the money it better be an improvement!)
     
  19. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    I was using current firmware. I still have my G70, and wouldn't be afraid to use it if something happened to my Shure. And yeah, the Shure was a about twice as expensive.
     
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