If you want to connect your guitar to an amp or computer without trailing cables, why not go wireless? There are some excellent systems out there that won’t cramp your style while you’re practicing or performing.
If you’re considering ditching the wires, you’ve come to the right place! Check out our reviews of seven of the best wireless guitar systems out there right now. And take a look at our buying guide for advice on what to look for before you make your choice.
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The Best Wireless Guitar System on the market 2021
1. Getaria 2.4GHZ Wireless Guitar System (Our Top Pick)
Getaria’s set of wireless transmitters and receivers is specially designed for use with electronic instruments including guitar and bass.
It uses a 2.4G uncompressed wireless signal and has a range of about 100 feet. That will give you plenty of room to strut your stuff about the stage! That distance will be reduced if, for any reason, you’re transmitting through barriers. Add a wall into the mix and the signal will reach about 40 feet.
The 1/4-inch plug can be rotated through 280 degrees. That means you’ll be able to fit the transmitter to instruments with input jacks in different positions.
But note that it may not fit guitars with input jacks that sit inside a groove. The surface of the guitar may get in the way of the transmitter before it’s plugged all the way inside. The Ibanez S and SA series, for example, have this problem.
The system has two different modes. With one, you can connect up to six pairs of devices at the same time. Each pair will work independently and without interfering with the others. Use the second mode to allow one transmitter to send a signal to several different receivers simultaneously.
Included in the box is a transmitter in black, a receiver in silver, and a USB charging cable to recharge them. You’ll get about two hours of use on a single charge.
The controls are very simple. There’s a power button, a pairing button and the port for the USB cable. Switch on the transmitter and the receiver, and they’ll pair up quickly and simply.
There’s a little bit of background noise, but no more than you’d get with a cable. The signal comes through nice and clear, and there’s no noticeable lag.
One thing to note is that the components are made of ABS plastic. They’re fairly strong, but not invulnerable. They come in a reasonably heavy-duty box. It’s a good idea to keep them inside it when not in use to prevent damage.
All in all, this is a great system. And as one of the cheapest on our list, it offers excellent value for money.
- Very simple to set up and use
- Up to six transmitters and receivers can be paired without interfering with each other
- One transmitter can send a signal to multiple receivers
- Won’t fit all kinds of guitar, particularly if the input jack sits inside a groove
- The two-hour battery life isn’t particularly long.
2. Swiff High-Grade Electronic Guitar Wireless System (Upgrade Pick)
Swiff’s system costs half as much again as the one from Getaria. So what do you get for your money?
Well, the design is quite similar, with a long thin transmitter and similar receiver. The transmitter rotates through 220 degrees, so it’s not quite as flexible as the Getaria design. That means it will have the same issues with fitting into instruments with input jacks buried in the surface of the guitar.
For most guitars with a 6.35-millimeter input jack, though, it will work just fine. And it’s very easy to set up.
It uses the newest UHF transmission technology and the signal is transmitted over an impressive 164 feet. The high sampling rate of 28 bits/48 Hertz gives excellent sound quality, and there’s a delay of less than 2 milliseconds – imperceptible to the human ear.
There’s a choice of 100 channels too. That means you can avoid interference even in environments with multiple transmitters and receivers.
The battery is recharged via a 5-volt adapter. It takes about two and a half hours to fully charge. That will give you a generous 5.5 hours of performance time.
A scale of four LEDs on the receiver also indicates how much charge you have left. It’s a great feature that means you’ll never be caught out by running out of juice.
There are a couple of things to be aware of with this system. One is that the sound can occasionally – and briefly – drop out if there’s a barrier between the transmitter and receiver.
That won’t be an issue if you plan to use it for practice. But if you’re using it for a gig, you’ll want to check the set up at the venue.
The other thing to note is that the swivel on the transmitter is a bit loose. That means it can move as you do. And because there’s no padding, there’s a minor risk of damage to the transmitter or your guitar.
- 100 channels prevent interference from other transmitters or receivers
- Signal range of 164 feet
- Battery indicator and 5.5 hours of performance time on a full charge
- You may get occasional, brief dropouts if there’s a barrier between the transmitter and receiver
- The swivel on the transmitter is rather loose.
3. Xvive U2 Guitar Wireless System
If you’ve got more cash to splash, check out the U2 system from Xvive. It’s more than three times the price of the Getaria system, but it has some cool features to recommend it.
It uses a 2.4G signal transmission to reproduce your guitar sound with minimal background noise. The latency – i.e. the delay – is low too, at under 4.5 milliseconds. And you’ll get a range of 120 feet outdoors. That will be reduced if you’re sending the signal through any form of barrier.
The system is powered by a built-in, rechargeable lithium battery. Charge it up with a USB connection – a cable is included in the pack – and it will give you up to 5 hours of playing time.
It’s another system that’s very easy to use. Just plug the transmitter into your guitar and the receiver into your amp. Then press and hold the signal keys on both parts, and you’re ready to go.
There aren’t as many channels here as you’ll get with some other systems – just four. But that will still give you the scope to connect a receiver to multiple transmitters, or vice versa, without interference.
The transmitter will work with electric guitars and bass guitars with passive pickups, and with acoustic-electric guitars with piezo pickups. If you have active pickups, though, you may get a background hum. There is a solution that can work in some cases – read on for more on that.
The receiver is compatible with all guitar amps, effects pedals, pedalboards and tuners.
There’s a swivel hinge that will rotate through 220 degrees. You may encounter similar issues to other systems if your guitar’s input jack sits in a groove. If you do, invest in a transmitter holder.
If you have active pickups, the holder can help with background noise too. That’s because it separates the transmitter from the batteries in your guitar. The fix won’t work with all active pickups, but it’s worth a try if you run into this problem.
The swivel here is particularly well constructed. It will sit tight during even the most energetic performance.
- Easy to set up and use
- The transmitter sits snug and tight even when you’re moving around
- Range of 120 feet and lag of less than 4.5 milliseconds
- Only four channels
- You may get a whine if your guitar has active pickups.
4. Ammoon Wireless Guitar System 2.4G
Ammoon’s wireless guitar system is the joint cheapest on our list, but you’ll get impressive performance for its diminutive price tag.
It uses a 2.4G wireless connection and has a range of about 100 feet. As with all wireless systems, you can expect that range to reduce if you’re transmitting through walls or other barriers.
There are six channels, so you can use the system in settings with other wireless gadgets without interference. And you can transmit to up to six receivers, or receive from up to six transmitters, at the same time.
There’s a swivel hinge on both transmitter and receiver, and both will rotate through 280 degrees. The plastic construction isn’t the most attractive or robust, but at this price that’s perhaps not surprising.
If you have active pickups on your guitar, you may find you get a background whine. Some people have found that attaching the transmitter to their shoulder strap deals with this. It’s not a fix in all cases though, and will depend on the model.
The system is easy to use. Just plug in the receiver and transmitter and press the pair buttons on each unit simultaneously to get started. A green LED flashes to tell you what stage the pairing process is at.
The LED will turn red when the lithium battery is running low or during charging. The battery is charged via a USB connection. The cable is included in the package. It’s Y-shaped, so you can charge the transmitter and receiver at the same time through a single connection.
The battery life here isn’t as long as you’ll get with more expensive systems. Expect it to last around two hours on a full charge.
Overall, this does have some limitations, but it’s a great little system for the price.
- Very easy to use
- Six channels
- LED indicator shows low battery and pairing status
- The plastic construction is a little flimsy
- At two hours, the battery life isn’t as long as you’ll get with more expensive systems.
5. NUX B-5RC Wireless Guitar System
The NUX B-5RC system is a more expensive option. You could buy four of the Getario, Ammoon or Moukey systems for the price of one of these. So is it worth it?
The first thing you’ll notice is that this one claims to work with both passive and active pickups without buzzing. The reality isn’t quite so clear-cut. Whilst some guitarists have found it works perfectly with their active pickups, others have had the opposite experience.
The issues are clearly specific to the precise model pickup in your guitar. Unfortunately, there isn’t a comprehensive list of models to check yours against.
The best advice we can give is to take the claim about working with all active pickups with a pinch of salt. And be prepared to try a transmitter holder, or to send it back, if you find it doesn’t work with yours.
The system operates on the 2.4G frequency band and has a range of 100 feet. As ever, this depends on there being a clear line of sight between the transmitter and receiver. The lag is less than 5 milliseconds.
There’s absolutely no set-up to do here. Just plug in the transmitter and receiver and switch them on, and they’ll pair automatically.
There are extra features you won’t get with other systems too. There’s a mute function, plus the option to simulate the tone you’ll get through a cable. And the system will switch itself off automatically after 10 minutes without a signal to conserve the battery.
The battery life is also impressive. The system comes with its own in-box carrying case that doubles as a charger. It will provide up to 9 hours of playing time, charging the receiver and transmitter up to three times.
One limitation with this system, though, is that there are only four channels. That means you’ll only be able to use up to four pairs in one band.
- Requires no set up other than switching on the power
- Good quality carrying case doubles as a charging station, providing up to 9 hours of playing time
- Mute function and optional cable tone simulation
- It won’t work with all active pickups (though it works with more models than many systems)
- Only four channels.
6. Lekato 5.8G Wireless Guitar System
Lekato’s system comes in at the same price point as the Swiff. It’s not the cheapest out there, but it’s considerably less expensive than the Xvive or NUX systems.
This one uses a 5.8G signal transmission, rather than the 2.4G used by most systems on our list. Generally speaking, that means the signal is faster, but has a shorter range.
Lekato’s system has a lag of less than 6 milliseconds, and a range of upwards of 100 feet. That’s pretty similar to the specs for the 2.4G systems on our list. Note, though, that systems using a 5.8G transmission will be more vulnerable to interruptions from walls or other barriers.
There are four channels, and this is another system that requires absolutely no set up. Just switch on the receiver and transmitter, and they’ll connect to each other automatically. A green LED on each unit shows when the signal is being transmitted and received.
The lithium battery is rechargeable, and you’ll get up to 5 hours of playing time on a single charge. It’s recharged via a USB cable, which is included in the box. A red LED on the transmitter and receiver warns you when the battery is running low.
The plastic construction here is more robust than some, but it’s still not particularly tough. If we were being picky, we’d say the power buttons are a little soft too.
The plug on both the transmitter and receiver rotates through 220 degrees on a swivel hinge. That means you can attach it to instruments with input jacks in different positions.
It will be awkward, though, if your input jack sits inside a groove in your guitar. You may need to invest in a transmitter holder if that’s the case.
- No set-up required
- Up to 5 hours of playing time on a single charge
- Range of over 100 feet with a lag of less than 6 milliseconds
- Only four channels
- The power buttons are a little soft.
7. Moukey 2.4GHZ Wireless Guitar System
This 2.4G system from Moukey shares honors for being the cheapest on our list. But that doesn’t mean you have to make lots of compromises when it comes to performance.
It transmits an uncompressed signal with an effective range of about 100 feet. That will be reduced to a little under 40 feet if you’re transmitting through a wall. There’s slightly more of a lag than with other systems. But at less than 12 milliseconds, it’s still well under what’s usually detectable by the human ear.
The ¼-inch plug makes it suitable for most instruments. There’s also a hinge that allows both the transmitter and receiver to rotate through 280 degrees. That will help it fit into most input jacks, no matter where they’re positioned.
You may, though, still find it difficult to insert the plug fully if the jack sits in a groove. Buying a transmitter holder or attaching it to your shoulder strap with Velcro can offer a solution in some cases. That may also help if your guitar has active pickups that are causing a buzz or hum.
The integrated lithium battery can be recharged in about two hours. That’s done via a USB cable included in the package. It’s Y-shaped, so both the transmitter and receiver can be charged at the same time.
There are six channels, providing plenty of flexibility for use in set-ups with multiple transmitters or receivers. We have, however, heard of cases where different models of transmitter interfere with the Moukey. That’s worth being aware of if you’re in a band with someone using a different wireless system.
With a full charge you can expect to get around four hours of playing time. A red LED will show to warn you when the battery level is getting low.
- Six channels provide flexibility
- Line-of-sight range of upwards of 100 feet
- Y-shaped USB connector allows you to charge the transmitter and receiver at the same time
- You may get interference if this is used alongside more powerful systems …
- … and you may get a buzz or humming sound with some kinds of active pickups.
So you’ve checked out all the reviews, but you’re still not sure which is the best system for your needs. Fear not – we’re here to help! Check out a few questions that will help you narrow down your search.
Will it fit your guitar?
To start with, consider whether the system will work with your guitar. Most are compatible with electric guitars with passive pickups, or electric-acoustic guitars with piezo pickups.
But if your instrument has active pickups, some systems can produce a whining or buzzing sound. In some cases, this is very distracting. In others, it’s hardly noticeable unless the amp is turned up high.
If you’ve got active pickups, look for systems like the NUX that are designed to work with these. And if you still find you get interference, consider using a transmitter holder. That can provide enough distance between the transmitter and the pickups to avoid the noise.
The other thing to consider is the size of the transmitter. Think about where it will sit on your guitar, and look for compact options that won’t get in your way as you’re playing. A transmitter holder can again be a good option if your jack input is awkwardly positioned.
How many channels do you need?
The more channels a system offers, the more flexibility you have. You can buy multiple sets and use as many transmitters with one receiver as there are channels. The same goes for using multiple receivers with one transmitter.
And if you’re playing alongside other people, check whether they’re using wireless systems. If they are, you’ll need to be able to transmit on a different channel from them.
The whole process is made easier if you’re all using the same models. But remember: if you pick a system with four channels, you won’t be able to use more than four pairs at once before getting interference.
Check the battery life
Last but not least, check how long the battery will last on a full charge. Will it be long enough to get you through your set?
Most systems are charged via a USB connector. Look for options with Y-shaped cables so the transmitter and receiver can be charged at the same time. And check how long it takes to get a full charge.
Some systems come with carry cases that can be charged up to act as a powerbank. The NUX system works this way, and the case provides enough power to fully charge the system three times.
Ready to Go Wireless?
We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to seven of the best wireless guitar systems around! There are some excellent systems out there at all price points. And you won’t have to spend a lot of money to find something that does the job well.
Our top pick is one of the cheapest we’ve found. The Getaria is ultra-simple to set up and use, and offers six different channels for plenty of flexibility.
But if you’re looking for longer battery life, we’d recommend the Swiff. The five and a half hours of performance time is among the best in class. And there’s a useful LED indicator to allow you to keep an eye on how much charge is left.
Whichever system you choose, we hope you’re soon prowling the stage without fear of tripping over cables!