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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Wireless xmitter held only by output jack: whaa?



Nov 30th, 2017 08:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thinking about buying a guitar wireless, which I have wanted to do for 40 years. Some of the smaller transmitters seem to be attached to the guitar ONLY by the tension from the 1/4 inch output jack. This would give me the willies - isn't it insecure, attaching a wireless this way? I don't want it to fall out. A belt or strap-mounted unit seems more secure, but... ??? Thanks for any informed replies.

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Nov 30th, 2017 10:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

The newer Line 6 units that plug into the output jack are pretty slick. plug and play. stick it in the charger during breaks. good enough range and strong signal. I've used it and it works well. I have an older Senheiser body pack unit that can be a PITA actually. This style doesn't clip to a strap well and personal movement can detach it from the strap. If you do the bag/pouch thing to secure the body pack it can be a pain to switch guitars quickly as you have to change straps of fiddle with the baggie.

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Nov 30th, 2017 10:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

No different than attaching a cable.

Do you have problems with cables falling out randomly?



Dec 1st, 2017 06:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

I see your point, reverendrob. Thanks.



Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Dec 1st, 2017 09:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

The question is: does it connect like my 'silent plugs' that I have from Neutric? If it does then that would also be a consideration. I've been using the silent plug for a long time and enjoy how I can switch guitars and not get a Pop when hooking up. That would be a bonus!


Willoughby, OH , USA

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Dec 4th, 2017 11:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yes, it does have a silent plug. Small button next to 1/4" plug. It also has a right angle adapter for those situations where you don't want it sticking out too far.
My much more expensive Shure has become the back up.



Dec 8th, 2017 06:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

There are a number of low-priced wireless guitar systems for sale on the internet. All similar, with different casings; just two tiny units, transmitter and receiver, both with USB-chargeable internal batteries. I'm tempted to spend a hundred to check one out. But I like the looks of a belt pack better than having an odd-looking doohickey hanging out of my guitar, for my audience to see and comment on.

(Parenthetically, I contributed five bucks a few weeks ago to this forum; is this the norm, or do folks typically send more?)

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Northeast IL

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Dec 8th, 2017 06:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’m looking at wireless at the moment - with my ankle problems my balance is getting bad, and a few times now I’ve come close to going down from the cable. The small jack mounted ones appealed until I realized they are unlikely to survive many music stand or drum kit strikes - I can see breaking the transmitter off at the plug being a real possibility.

So, I’m looking at a more traditional Shure...

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Dec 8th, 2017 07:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had one of the belt pack ones years ago. It met a structural end when I did the "throw the guitar around your body on the strap" trick and the belt pack came unclipped.

At the end of the 12" cable it became like a mace swinging from the butt end of my guitar. When it hit the stage the flying circuitry was really something to behold! Ah, punk rock.

It worked for the rest of the gig and I was able to reassemble it. It might still work but I don't use it. I think the new ones have a different frequency band.

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