How to Hook Up a Wireless Guitar System

By Matthew Williams ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Guitar
  • Wireless system
  • 2 instrument cables
  • Batteries
Hook Up a Wireless Guitar System

Playing on stage can be an exciting experience. You never know what you will do at any given moment to excite the crowd. Being chained to a guitar amplifier can be one of the most limiting parts of a stage performance. If you want to cut the cord, follow this guide and you will understand how to go wireless in no time flat.

Plug the receiver in and place it on top or near your amplifier. Put batteries in the body pack transmitter and turn it on. Turn on the receiver as well.

Plug a short instrument cable into your guitar, and plug the other end into the body pack. Secure the body pack to your belt or place it in your pocket.

Plug an instrument cable into the out jack of the receiver, and plug the other in into your guitar amplifier. Turn your amp on.

Play a note on your guitar. If you hear it clearly, you are done. If it has static in the signal, change channels on your receiver. You may also have to change channels on your body pack. Refer to your owner's manual for exact instructions as every model is different. Once you have a channel with no static, enjoy the show.

Tip

If you want to add pedals to your mix, run the out cable from the receiver to your first pedal. Connect all your pedals like normal, and run a cable from the last pedal into the amp.

Warning

Certain devices, like portable phones and computers, can interfere with cheaper systems. Make sure to stay away from them during a performance to minimize transmission loss. If you have more than one wireless system in your band, make sure the frequencies are different. Most manufacturers sell two types of the same system, which emit different frequencies. Plan ahead so you won't be disappointed.

About the Author

Matthew Williams has his Bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in chemistry and also holds his Master's degree in Secondary Education. While concurrently working on two more Master's degrees, he teachers advanced biology at the high school level full time. His major passion is music and he has played numerous instruments over the past 20 years, including piano, guitar, bass