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Line 6 Relay G50 Digital Wireless Guitar System  

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Overview

  • 200-foot range, line-of-sight
  • Broad 10Hz - 20kHz frequency response; Superior 120dB dynamic range; 24-bit digital conversion
  • 8 hours of battery life (AA alkaline batteries)
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    $559.99
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A lightweight, low-profile wireless system that provides guitarists with 200 feet of freedom.

The Line 6 Relay G50 Digital Wireless System provides a pure signal with a clarity that rivals that of the highest-quality guitar cables. Guitars get a beautiful high-end sparkle and basses get a thunderous low-end punch, even at distances of up to 200 feet. Traditional wireless systems compromise the sound of your instrument by rolling-off crucial high- and low-end frequencies and compressing their signals. This system on the other hand, offers superior sound with full bandwidth and zero compression.

Professional Dependability
Broadcasting over the 2.4GHz band keeps the Line 6 Relay G50's signal free from many kinds of interference. Traditional wireless guitar systems are susceptible to dropouts, static, and many other kinds of interference. Broadcasting over congested UHF bands, their signals may be affected by interference generated as far away as 100 miles or more. For added security, the Relay G50 employs exclusive signal protection technology, simultaneously broadcasting encrypted data streams to multiple antennas.

Refreshing Simplicity
The Relay G50 is a low-profile wireless system that's easy to use. The lightweight transmitter remains out of the way of your performance and its LCD displays channel number and battery life. The rugged metal receiver offers bright and easy-to-read LEDs that display power, status, and battery life. Its dual 1/4" outputs make it an easy addition to your pedal board.

Attached to Your Guitar Cable?
For players attached to cables, adopting a wireless system introduces many questions: What will it feel like? Will it change my sound? The Line 6 Relay G50 sounds just like a cable, but it also sounds just like your cable. It features EQ settings that match the frequency responses of typical guitar cables. Different players use different cables, but all players can use Relay G50.

The Wireless Revolution
Relay G50 is proudly ushering in a better-sounding and more dependable era of wireless guitar systems. It will inspire you to explore new areas of your music and the stage.

The wireless guitar system comes complete with transmitter, receiver and all necessary accessories including locking cable, power supply, and batteries.

Features

  • 200-foot range, line-of-sight
  • Broad 10Hz - 20kHz frequency response; Superior 120dB dynamic range; 24-bit digital conversion
  • 8 hours of battery life (AA alkaline batteries)
  • Lightweight, low-profile and easy to use
  • Bright LEDs and LCD show power, status, and battery life
  • EQ presets match Relay G50 to the sound of your guitar cable
  • Comes complete with transmitter, receiver and all necessary accessories including locking cable, power supply and batteries
  • 2.4GHz band is optimal for guitar wireless, FCC/DTV compliant
  • Multiple layers of signal protection; Encrypted data stream; Simultaneous broadcasts on multiple channels

Use the Relay G50 Wireless Guitar System for wired tone, wireless freedom. Order today!

 
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Line 6Relay G50 Digital Wireless Guitar System
 
4.4

(based on 54 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (16)
  • Compact (14)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Lightweight (12)
  • Durable (11)

Cons

  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (15)
  • Outdoor events / games (8)
  • Home studio (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Finally! Technology has caught up the the reliablility of the instrument cable!

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I bought this unit almost a year ago. I read my original review, and felt it was too light on information for any potential buyer.

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I bought this unit almost a year ago. I read my original review, and felt it was too light on information for any potential buyer.

Here is my revised review, after working with this unit for the past 9 months. I have used it at every weekly practice, since purchase.

Being in a KISS tribute requires wireless usage for the cool factor, and safety issues (platform boots).

I was initially very skeptical about the capability of a wireless. Being a former owner of a Nady RW-1 (which is a piece of garbage) I was not very jazzed about exchanging my trusty instrument cable for a tone-sucking, battery-eating, unreliable wireless.

However, times have changed

After talking to band mates and consulting online forums, the Line6 G50 was frequently mentioned. With a sigh of hesitation, I took the plunge and purchased a used (mint condition) G50 from Musicians Friend.

PROS:

-I have experienced no signal thinning or loss. In fact, my tone has more presence with my wireless.

-The output knob that matches the length of instrument cord from receiver to amp is cool, and takes the guess work out of how much output should be dialed in on the wireless receiver.

-The low battery light not only flashes on your transmitter, but the receiver as well. This is especially helpful if your wireless receiver is offstage with a guitar/bass tech. The indicator gives them ample, advanced warning of future battery failure.

-The audio light is another great indicator, and streamlines troubleshooting. This light flickers on both the transmitter and receiver, enabling the user to verify that the wireless is both transmitting and receiving signal.

-The programming features are simple enough to use and alter. However, this unit does so many cool functions, that it is wise to keep the operator manual in your gig bag.

-The transmitter power on/off button doesnt make my rig pop. Very nice.

-The transmitter mute button is great and works well in quick change situations.

-You can program text to appear on the screen of the transmitter. Kind of a cool feature to prevent transmitters from getting mixed up with band members.

-The power save feature is great for situations when youre playing in small areas, and dont need as much reach. I use this all the time to maximize battery life, when at practice.

-The battery life on this unit is spectacular. I can easily do three, 3-hour practices, before I need to change batteries.

-I like that they use AA batteries for this unit.

-The metal transmitter & receiver cases are pretty rugged, but I try to not abuse my wireless.

-The receiver antennas are short, robust, and do not be extended to function. They usually stay tucked down on my pedal board.

-Swapping out batteries in the transmitter is a breeze.

-Line 6 furnished this unit with 12 different channels, which can be easily changed with a knob on the receiver and a few functions on the transmitter. This feature enables many members in a band to use the G50.

-In full power mode, I can get pretty far from my amp. I havent tested its limit, but Ive messed with it in long distances, equal to large stages. I have had no problems.


CONS:

-The transmitter connection is probably the weakest point of this unit. I havent had any problems, but I always keep my transmitter in its own little box when not in use.

-The channel knob on my receiver was changed to a different channel by accident. It took me 5 minutes to troubleshoot my signal loss. Fortunately, this occurred at practice.

-Line 6 furnishes this unit with a straight jack transmitter cord. I purchased a Shure angled jack cord to prevent any accidental guitar jack or wireless transmitter cord damage. The line 6 cord is now a spare.

-Id highly recommend getting a spare transmitter cord. From what Ive read, its the weakest point on this unit.

-As robust as this wireless looks, its still delicate electronic gear. If you plan to have it on the floor, be smart and have it protected on a pedal board. Id imagine the antennas could be snapped if stepped on.


Im very happy with this wireless, and Im glad that affordable technology has finally caught up to the trusty instrument cable. If you want to explore the freedom of going wireless, Id urge you to try the Line6 G Series.
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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Worst Customer Service I have ever had!!

I had this unit and it stopped working after 9 months of use. I am extremely careful with my unit never, dropped or abused. Called Line 6, they were extremely rude and would...Read complete review

I had this unit and it stopped working after 9 months of use. I am extremely careful with my unit never, dropped or abused. Called Line 6, they were extremely rude and would not fix a thing even though I had registered it and it was suppose to have a 1 year warranty. Warranty is only as good as your word and theirs is no good. They said they could sell me another. I wouldn't buy anything from them ever!!!! I have a lot of equiptment and have never been treated like they treated me.

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1.0

Great Wireless, pouch advice ...

By Eddie O

from Bay Area, California

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Useless Belt Clip

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Performances
  • Rehearsal

Comments about Line 6 Relay G50 Digital Wireless Guitar System:

The Relay G50, like it's 6 Channel little sibling, the G30, is a great wireless guitar system. I needed a second wireless system (I have a G30 as well), so I went up to the 12 Channel G50 with its greater range. Both work flawlessly as long as you stay in range.

Both have a wall wart for the receiver that takes .5amps; many convenience power outputs, like those on my G-System, don't supply enough power, so use the wall wart or a PowerAll (or similar) with it's 1.75 amp output.

I use Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable batteries (these are the same thing Apple sells for it's Magic Mouse, Keyboards, and trackpad): they work very well, hold charge while unused for at least a month, and give me about 8 hours of use on either the G50 or G30.

The downside of both these wireless units is the belt clip. It's not very secure at all. So I got the Neotech pouches for them: small for the G30, medium for the G50. The one for the G30 is perfect, and you can use the elastic or velcro to attach it to your strap or belt. Get a right angle guitar cable and you can just route the cable out of the pouch without straining it. You can see all the controls you need once connected. You will have to take it out to change channels.

The G50 is another story: the on off and mute switches, as well as the battery and audio LEDs are on one end, the connectors (TA4F) and antenna on the other. The TA4F must be on the top since there is no right angle connector of that type, even from custom cable makers (I use EventHorizon); but then you can't see the indicators. I used an Xacto knife to cut a view port for the indicators and a hole through which I could move the on/off switch. I don't use the MUTE button, but you could cut a hole for that, too. It's not pretty, but it works. Too bad Line 6 (or Neotech for that matter) don't make a pouch for this with clear plastic on the bottom with a pair of holes for the on/off and mute switches. Or one with bigger cutouts on the bottom for the antenna a TA4F cable, with a center piece to hold everything in place. Oh, well.

Other than that, the ease of use is amazing: pick a channel on the transmitter and receiver different from what your band mates are using (you get 12 to choose from, so even with Line 6 wireless mic's in the mix, you are good to go); I've never had interference problems. Fidelity is actually better than with a long cable, so the treble roll off adjustment may be to your liking. I set mine for 15' on both units for consistency of sound. And that's the shortest cable I'd ever use anyway.

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1.0

Just awful

By Rich Campbell

from Los Angeles

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Battery Indicator
  • Small

Cons

  • Antennas Loose And Break
  • Battery Door Latch Breaks
  • Cable Emulator Ruins Tone
  • High End Randomly Drops O
  • Iphones Step On Signal

Best Uses

  • Non-pro Non Critical App

Comments about Line 6 Relay G50 Digital Wireless Guitar System:

Just awful. Antennas pop out of their sockets when adjusting them. RF signal randomly drops out for a good 10 milliseconds or more. The battery door on the transmitter pops open with just a light bump. And hope no one in the building has an iPhone, because they step on these 2.4ghz things really badly. "Cable emulator" knob just ruins the tone if it gets bumped, and the channel selector on the receiver get funky after a few months on normal use.

Bring back the X2 stomp box, Line 6. PLEEEAAASE!!!

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5.0

Reliable, Affordable, Usable

By Jeff

from Northern California

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Line 6 Relay G50 Digital Wireless Guitar System:

        Works right out of the box. Solid construction so I don't feel like I have to coddle it. Although I do notice a difference in tone with the Relay than with a cable, it's an acceptable difference. I'm still getting a tone I can live with. It's way above the quality of the cheap wireless units and worth spending the extra.

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        5.0

        great buy

        By topshelf_1221

        from Houston, Texas

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Non I Can Find

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Line 6 Relay G50 Digital Wireless Guitar System:

        This Line 6 G50 has been a big help. Once i was able to go wireless i was capable of having more fun on stage with no cables holding me back. Loving it. Just make sure you buy good AA batteries because they will last 10 - 12 hours, cheap batteries 2 - 3 hours, crazy what the difference is between brands.

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        4.0

        I love my G50 wireless

        By jimbojamz

        from Nashville

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Line 6 Relay G50 Digital Wireless Guitar System:

          I had to replace my Sure wireless after 10 years. I decided to try the Line 6 wireless. I liked the metal case and transmitter. My Sure had plastic cases and I've had some issues with the output jack on the receiver because of the plastic surround.
          I love the Line 6 sound quality, I actually use the cable simulator and find that it adds just enough "grit" to make the signal sound like a cable is connected. This is a well constructed wireless system and it sounds great at any distance that I would ever use. (ie: less than 60 feet) I've given it 4 stars because it is a bit pricey, however it was no more costly than my Sure wireless was 10 years ago.

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          5.0

          good choice

          By Hubo

          from Phoenix, AZ

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Line 6 Relay G50 Digital Wireless Guitar System:

              Bought this unit just 2 weeks ago.
              So far I have used it only once in our rehearsal-studio, a week at home , and during 1x outdoor gig. No problems so far. Perfect sound, no drop-outs.
              The receiver is in a stompbox-format that fits perfectly onto my Pedaltrain-board, which is one of the main reasons I bought this particular system.
              The receiver is powered by my Voodoo Pedalpower Plus2, using only one (not two!) of the 2 available higher current outputs (5 or 6), set to "normal".
              Although the respective manuals state that the G50 requires 300mA, and the Voodoo PP-plus2 delivers 250mA max., this works perfectly well untill now.
              Also note that I am using ALL of the other outputs of the PP-plus2 at the same time as well:
              Morley - Bad Horsie2 wah, Mad Professor - Little Green Wonder, Fulltone - GT500 (using outputs 7 and 8 with voltage-doubler cable, slightly reduced outputs to obtain combined about 14V), TC Electronics - Flashback X4 delay (likewise using output 5 or 6, as it is spec'ed at neeing 300mA and also works ok (!), Ibanez - FL-9 flanger, MXR - signal pad, and Korg - Pitchblack tuner.

              I do not know if this will keep on working long-term, as Line6 recommends to use both outputs 5 and 6 with a current-doubler, but for now it does work. Keep my fingers crossed.
              Tip: ensure that both antenna's on the receiver are fixed correctly: if not I found that will lead to dropouts when you TOUCH or move/rotate the belt-transmitter; suspect the grounding is then getting the overhand.

              So far I am very happy with this purchase, and enjoying my newfound freedom to move around. And better yet, not getting the cord to curl-up when you rotate and swing around...
              RECOMMENDED !

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              2.0

              Verdict is still out

              By Woodie

              from Maysville, Ok

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Unreliable

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Line 6 Relay G50 Digital Wireless Guitar System:

                The verdict is still out on the G50 Digital Wireless system. It has all the appearances of being a great piece of equipment for the price but this is the 1st "Line 6" product that I have purchased. I played two shows with the G50 and could not get 20' away from the receiver before it lost signal. I messed with a little but found that there was something definitely wrong. I also seen the was a more delay than anticipated but I really think there is just something wrong with the particular unit. I have returned it to Musicians Friend -- who were great in replacing the defective G50.

                The new one is on the way and once I get the new G50 in - I will submit another review or update this one.

                The concept and even the use of the G50 is really simple - so, I am sure that this particular unit was just defective. I fully expect the G50 meet my requirements for on-stage performance. But again, the verdict is still out and I will let you know. Thanks, Woodie

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                4.0

                Perfect digital, mediocre build

                By Finding Reason

                from Houston, TX

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Unreliable

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Line 6 Relay G50 Digital Wireless Guitar System:

                Bought this a year ago to replace my old Sennheiser ew300 G2, which was incredibly reliable but had major tone suck. The L6 G50 immediately blew me away in sound quality. I did extensive comparisons of it to various guitar cables I have and there is 100% NO LOSS OF SOUND QUALITY. I even record with the G50 now as it reduces one more cable in the studio. Now the down side: the build is questionable, the battery compartment got tight after about 6 months where batteries are now difficult to put in and pull out. I have to keep a pair of pliers in my rig in order to pull out the batteries sometimes. I think the name brand rechargeables that get pretty hot with use have caused the battery-stay plastic inside to contract. The other big problem is the battery door latch has gotten loose as well and the door now doesn't stay tightly closed and it looses contact with the batteries, causing the wireless pack to power on and off a lot during gigs where I'm moving around. To keep from having to rely on "customer service," I've resulted to disassembling the pack myself and making some simple fit mods to fix these problems.

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                1.0

                Worst Customer Service I have ever had!!

                By bbushtn

                from Nashville, TN

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Great While Working

                Cons

                • It Stopped Working

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Line 6 Relay G50 Digital Wireless Guitar System:

                  I had this unit and it stopped working after 9 months of use. I am extremely careful with my unit never, dropped or abused. Called Line 6, they were extremely rude and would not fix a thing even though I had registered it and it was suppose to have a 1 year warranty. Warranty is only as good as your word and theirs is no good. They said they could sell me another. I wouldn't buy anything from them ever!!!! I have a lot of equiptment and have never been treated like they treated me.

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                  5.0

                  Don't Hesitate

                  By Dean C.

                  from Kingman, Arizona

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Bulky/Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about Line 6 Relay G50 Digital Wireless Guitar System:

                  This unit is built like a tank and extremely easy to use. The "cable simulator" is basically an eq dial, which I do not use, but some may like it. Some small latency is present when I get farther away from unit (like 100 ft or more), but absolutely spot-on with normal distances (100 ft or less). It does not interfere with my wireless ears at all (IEM unit hooked on back pocket next to this unit which is hooked on my guitar strap about 4 inches away). Some have complained about the cable from the wireless transmitter to the guitar...I have had no issues with this yet, but if it is like ANY other cable, it will need to be replaced someday anyway. I use this unit in practices and two+ live performance per week. Batteries last about 4 hours on average for me. Transmitter that hooks to guitar strap is built like a tank, and is, therefore, a tad bit on the heavy side...but I'd rather have that than something cheap and light.

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