May 21st, 2012, 09:48 AM
In my 50s rock and roll band I tend to run around a lot to put a show on and get the punters involved. Sometimes I do knee slides across dance floors, sometimes I jump up on chairs and tables, sometimes I get little kids at functions to strum while I change chords, sometimes I get people to work the Bigsby while I play... I know, I know. It's cheesy, I'm too old for this crap and why don't I just let the music do the talking? But hey, most people like it and that's what this band is all about.
Anyways, the 'long lead' approach was causing too many tangles and trips so I got me a cheap little AKG WMS 40 PRO wireless unit. Discontinued now I think, but some still out there.
I used it at two gigs this weekend, one in a weird U-shaped pub where only 50 percent of people can see the stage, and the other at a function in a fairly big room. I don't think this unit has a huge range but it's enough for where we play...100 feet maybe.
It worked just fine, with no negative effect on the sound. At home I could hear a slight hiss compared to a cable but in the context of the band I didn't notice it at all. Best of all, it opened up more possibilities for me and at one point I was doing that spinning around while lying down thing...I think Angus Young does it?
So after years of being anti-wireless for some reasons I can't remember, I gave it a go and it's pretty good.
Just thought others might be thinking of trying this out and that the report may add something to the mix...
May 21st, 2012, 10:11 AM
I bought a Nady 101 VHF when they first came out (wow, showing my age huh?). I've used it all these years, never noticed any ill effects other than the battery dying in the middle of a song. My own dumb fault. :roll:
I'm sure some on here will say that there is a considerable tone loss, if there is I've never noticed it. I love being wireless for two reasons....no cord to trip over, and no worry of a bad ground and shock while singing. (I've done both!).
May 21st, 2012, 10:28 AM
Well....I got tired of the cables running everywhere too.
I've had the Nady 201 since 1994 or so and finally had to have it repaired about 5 years ago.
While it was being repaired I bought another Nady as a second unit.
I always use it and I record with it having absolutely no problems.
No hiss, no tone loss....none of the the annoyances that I thought would be apparent in migrating to a wireless setup.
(Teletim911: I believe that is a Last Boyscout quote....always loved that response)
May 21st, 2012, 10:41 AM
I've had 2 wireless systems over the years : 2 cheapo Samson Airlines and one expensive Sennheiser true diversity unit ($1500+). Never heard any difference live vs. guitar cords and never ever had any problems with them.
I don't understand why most people are so reluctant about it. I mean even if you're static, the cord tripping annoyance alone is worth the money.
Big John Studd
May 21st, 2012, 11:03 AM
I'm seriously thinking about going wireless. Basically my main reason is I'm just tired of the cables, although I'm sure I will be unable to resist the temptation to run out into the audience and act a fool during extended solos. I'm holding out for the Memorial Day sales at which point I'm probably going to get the Line 6 G30 or G50.
May 22nd, 2012, 12:26 AM
I used mine for about 15 years. Loved it. By the time it quit working I was done playing so never replaced it.
I sold a couple of these to the Pantera guys. I took them out to a speedway they were playing when I got them in. Rex hooked up and went up to the announcers booth and started playing while we were trying to talk. If you don't know these guys, they were fairly loud on stage. He came back down and said something was wrong with it. He said he would play a note and he wouldn't hear it for a couple of seconds. I explained he was like 150 yards away. He just looked at me and Darrell started giggling. I had to explain the "speed of sound" wasn't just a cool name for an album.
May 31st, 2012, 12:45 AM
A kid in our church band bought wireless units for the guitarists, even though we work in a small crowded choir loft 95% of the time where they're really unnecessary.
So I borrow the one he got for me for my punk rock band.
I like it just fine, couldn't even tell you what brand it is though.
After a stroll outside:
Stretching is essential:
Heedless and headless:
Again with the stretching:
June 1st, 2012, 09:36 AM
Love my Line 6 M30 wireless. I run sound for our band from the stage, so during sound checks and sometimes throughout the night I'll walk around the venue while playing to see how everything sounds. Love the M30!
June 1st, 2012, 10:32 AM
I use a G50 and a G30 and they're great. I don't really need them, since I'm often tied to a mic, but it's still cool to have.
June 4th, 2012, 02:56 PM
I have the Line 6 30...love it!
July 15th, 2012, 04:06 PM
I use the line 6 system also and love it.
July 15th, 2012, 07:55 PM
A few weeks ago I picked up the MF stupid deal of the day AKG SR 40 & guitar bug for $99. I've used it the last few weeks at church, and I'm pretty happy with this thing. Today during warmup while the band went through stuff on stage, I went and played from the back of the room and was able to to really get the amp settings and mixer levels set to sound the best out there. I know we are supposed to know that what we hear on stage is not what it sounds like out there. I needed a reminder.
July 15th, 2012, 08:16 PM
I want one! If wireless is fine for some of the highest paid tele players in the world, it's fine with me!