It’s been a while since I’ve done an equipment review, but was just sent a neat little wireless guitar system from Amazon made by a company called “Mefe” for evaluation, so I thought I’d get into my experiences with it here for a bit. I actually first thought the box read “Mofo”, but let’s not go there…
I’ve always wanted a wireless system, but they’re usually ridiculously expensive. Not so in this case, and overall the performance of this package is nothing short of excellent.
I’m not exactly sure how it happens, but when recording while wearing headphones, inevitably my guitar cord becomes hopeless tangled up with the one on my cans. To much spinning around in my chair between my DAW table, A/D converters, amplifier and music stand would be a good guess for openers. At any rate, it drives me absolutely nuts.
Anyone who’s switched to using Bluetooth headphones will tell you what a relief they are, since there’s no cord to deal with. Well, it’s certainly no different with wireless guitar systems, and this one completely resolved my problem.
Beside the transmitter and receiver, it comes complete with a split USB cable to allow simultaneous charging, along with a nice little carrying bag that neatly tucks everything away into a guitar case.
I was a bit concerned about how the fit would be into angled, recessed jacks, such as those found on Stratocaster-style guitars. Since both the transmitter and receiver balanced jacks have such a wide range of rotation (270 degrees), that concern turned out to be unfounded. It fits into my Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster just dandy, and its adjustable jack angle and curved surface allows it to conform to the guitar’s body unobtrusively.
As for other guitars, I also tested it using my Telecaster, Les Paul, Jazz bass, and several Acoustics equipped with electronics. The transmitter fit and functioned perfectly in each of them. All of these have active pickups, so I’m not sure how this system would perform with those that are passive, since their output is generally lower.
Referencing the photo above, the blue LED’s on the transmitter at left indicate power remaining, and the channel you’re currently using is displayed at right. The top channel LED flashes when not connected to the receiver (and vice versa), but when powered-on they connect instantly. All LED’s are large and bright, making their current status visible at a glance under just about any lighting conditions.
There are only two controls to deal with on the sides of the units, one for power and the other to select one of five available channels to avoid interference with other equipment operating on the 2.4GHz frequency in the area. In my studio, I have several wireless devices which operate there, yet leaving the transmitter and receiver on the default of channel 1 caused no conflict with any of them whatsoever. I also couldn’t detect a hint of added line noise from this system… It was just as if I was using a wired cable.
Here’s a photo of the receiver, plugged into the first effects pedal in the chain on my floor board, easily rotated well out of the way.
The advertised range is 30 meters, and I certainly believe it. I walked perhaps half that distance away from the receiver, and the sound remained loud and clear with no detectable static or distortion. Making this all the more believable was the fact that my house has steel wall beams (common in Florida), and there were three walls between the guitar’s transmitter and receiver when I tried this.
As far as battery life goes, from stone dead both components recharge in roughly an hour, and provide up to 6 hours of continuous playing time.
While certainly not the best on the market, I’m highly impressed with the quality and performance of this system, especially since it goes for an incredibly low price of just $50!
For further details, click here to check the system out on its Amazon product page.
Plug ’em in, and you’re all ready for some Ted Nugent stage dives… Rock on!