Line 6 G10 Review

Line 6 G10 Wireless Guitar System Review (with Audio Samples)

So I’ve been playing with in-ear monitors for some time now, and I recently made the switch to a much better wireless in-ear monitor system than the one I had been using. So I’ve been fairly happy with that as it allows me freedom to move around and hear my guitar (and the overall mix) clearly.

But, I had still been using a guitar cable which limited my mobility. So getting a wireless guitar system was still on my list of things to get to go completely wireless and have complete freedom to move anywhere I wanted (not getting tangled or tripped up by cables would be a plus too).

After looking at some different wireless guitar systems, Line 6 was courteous enough to send me their new G10 Wireless Guitar System to test out and review.

I’ve had the unit a few weeks now so I wanted to put out a full review on the G10 to help you guys decided whether or not it’s right for you.

In this review, I cover the unboxing of the G10, its build quality and features, how it works, and lastly, how it sounds in comparison to a traditional guitar cable. Iny my reviews, I always give an unbiased look at the gear I’m reviewing and cover the pros and cons of the unit.

So with that said, let’s take a look at the G10:

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Unboxing the G10 Wireless Guitar System

As always, I’ve included some pics of the unboxing of the G10 for those of you who like to see what you’re getting:

Line 6 G10 - Unboxing

Line 6 G10 - Unboxing

Line 6 G10 - Unboxing

Line 6 G10 - Unboxing

Line 6 G10 - Unboxing

Line 6 G10 - Unboxing

Line 6 G10 - Unboxing

Line 6 G10 - Unboxing

Build Quality & Features of the G10

Line 6 G10 Wireless Guitar System

Now, let’s take a look at the quality, features, and functionality of the G10.

The G10 receiver and transmitter bodies are both made from plastic but overall feel like they’re constructed fairly well. There are no loose fitting parts and since the receiver plugs straight into the guitar body, there’s no receiver pack that needs to be clipped to your belt, guitar strap, etc (which is a common point of failure in the Line 6 G30 as the receiver pack clip would often break).

But, that’s not an issue on the G10 and there doesn’t seem like there will be any obvious points of failure. Only time will tell :).

Like I mentioned, the G10 receiver plugs straight into your guitar’s input, and essentially, just hangs there:

Line 6 G10

I like this design a lot because it’s so simple and you don’t need to plug a short cable into the guitar and then into a receiver pack that you would attach to your guitar strap or belt. This setup is much cleaner. I also think it provides a bit better mobility.

When connecting or disconnecting the receiver, there’s a small button on the receiver plug that keeps the receiver from making a popping noise (which often happens when you plug or unplug a guitar cable):

Line 6 G10 - Receiver

This is a nice feature especially if you use multiple guitars when playing live. You can just unplug the receiver and plug it into your other guitar when switching and there will be no popping or clicking like there is with traditional guitar cables.

Line 6 G10 - Receiver

The transmitter is about the size of a guitar pedal at about 4″ long x 4″ wide. This makes it great if you want to throw it on your guitar pedalboard.

Line 6 G10 Wireless Guitar System

The transmitter has a simple setup with a 1/4″ jack on top of the unit that allows you to plug the receiver in for charging:

Line 6 G10 - Transmitter

When the receiver is plugged into the transmitter, the receiver’s LED will blink green when charging and illuminate continuously when fully charged. When you have the receiver plugged into your guitar, the transmitter will blink red when there is only 30 minutes left of battery life.

Since the receiver is rechargeable (via a lithium-ion battery), this means if the receiver is about to die at a show, you’ll need to swap out for a standard guitar cable. There’s no option to change out the battery as there is in wireless systems that use standard AA or AAA batteries. While the rechargeable battery is convenient, this could be an issue if you forget to charge the receiver.

You can purchase additional receivers for the G10, but those run for $99 each.

On the back of the transmitter, there are two outputs:

Line 6 G10 Wireless Guitar System

There is one XLR output and one 1/4″ output. Both can be used at the same time. For instance, the XLR output could be sent to a mixer and the 1/4″ output would go to your pedalboard or your amp’s input. On the back, there’s also a USB power input which can be powered with a micro USB cable (the same one that most Android phones are powered with).

The transmitter can be powered via a USB connection into a computer. But, when I tested this, I had added static and hiss in my audio signal, so I probably wouldn’t recommend it. When using the wall adapter, the signal was clean.

Line 6 G10 - Wall Plug

The wall adapter comes with different plugs for outlets in different countries:

Line 6 G10 - Wall Plug

These can be removed or added to the wall adapter:

Line 6 G10 - Wall Plug

Lastly, the G10 comes with a 1/4″ right angle adapter:

Line 6 G10 Adapter

I found this to be useful for adding a right angle connection the back of the transmitter to make it easier to position on my pedalboard.

Line 6 G10 Wireless Guitar System

Line 6 G10 Wireless Guitar System

How Does the G10 Work & Sound?

So how does the G10 stack up? I’ve tested the unit at practice and tested its range in my apartment. In both situations, the unit has worked fine and I haven’t experienced any dropouts even at about 40 ft. away from the unit.

It’s rated at a 50 ft. range which I believe is more than enough for most guitarists playing small to medium sized venues.

To compare the sound of the G10, I recorded my guitar clean straight into my audio interface. I did multiple takes with a guitar cable and others recorded through the G10 system. Below, you can take a listen to those samples and judge for yourself:

Conclusion: Final Say on the G10 Wireless Guitar System

Overall, I can honestly say that I like the G10. While some areas could be better (for instance, a metal body for the transmitter might be nice), I love the simple approach.

The fact that the receiver just plugs into the guitar and stays there, is great. There’s no need for a short cable lead into a receiver pack that needs to be attached to your guitar strap or to your belt (as is the case with most other guitar systems). This makes the setup much cleaner and I believe, provides for better mobility.

Time will tell if the automatic frequency detection will work well in larger venues with multiple wireless units being used. However, using the G10 at practice with other band members using wireless guitar systems and wireless in-ear monitor systems has worked just fine. I haven’t experienced any dropouts to date.

Since the transmitter and receiver are made mostly of plastic, I’ll also be curious to see how the unit stands up over time (as I’ve only had it for a few weeks). But, I don’t see any glaring issues that might come up and as long as I don’t abuse the system (it will stay packed up in my pedalboard case), I don’t foresee anything happening there.

Anyways, I think if you need a simple wireless guitar system that is relatively affordable (at $180), the Line 6 G10 will work out just fine for you, especially if you’re only playing small to medium sized venues.

Well, that’s all I have for you in this review. Be sure to let me know what you thought in the comments below. Also, feel free to leave any questions you have. I’ll do my best to answer them and help you make an informed decision before buying this unit. Thanks for reading!

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  • Jay Lingard
    Posted at 11:59h, 30 November Reply

    Surely the transmitter is plugged into the guitar and the receiver connects to your amp, p/ board or mixing desk?
    ‘Easy mistake to make eh?

    • Cody
      Posted at 12:26h, 01 December Reply

      Yea, I got them swapped. Sorry about that! 🙂

  • Charles de B
    Posted at 23:15h, 30 November Reply

    Nice review. I could be wrong, but at first i was somewhat confused as it seems like you have the words transmitter/receiver mixed up. The thing that plugs into your guitar is called the transmitter – as it transmits a wireless signal to the bigger unit with XLR/1/4″ cable outputs. That thing is called a receiver as it receives the wireless signal from the thing that plugs straight into you guitar. I wonder how this unit compares to others that cost a lot more than $180. I can’t believe how cheap these sorts of things have become.

  • Richard G. Van Pelt
    Posted at 03:45h, 01 December Reply

    How do you feel about the tone quality?? Is it comparable to cable??

    • Cody
      Posted at 12:28h, 01 December Reply

      Honestly, I don’t think there’s a huge difference. It sounds identical to my ears. I think distance from the unit can change that a bit but within 10 to 15 feet, it sounds like a cable to me.

  • Richard G. Van Pelt
    Posted at 03:58h, 01 December Reply

    Will this fit well in a strat style jack??

    • Cody
      Posted at 12:28h, 01 December Reply

      I don’t have a strat so I can’t test this, unfortunately.

  • John
    Posted at 14:01h, 03 December Reply

    Why not fix the transmitter/receiver error? Line 6 has sent out an email to your review. You’re going to get a lot of hits now.

    – John

  • famosamos
    Posted at 05:58h, 04 December Reply

    Why would not have a Stratocaster if you are doing a review of something that plugs into a guitar? You should have all the different type of guitar outputs to do a proper review.

  • Al Simballa
    Posted at 10:21h, 05 December Reply

    Did you test it on basses? Specifically a P Bass

  • Tod Duarte
    Posted at 09:33h, 10 August Reply

    USB? Terrible idea. It feels wonky and is being returned immediately! Power keeps cutting out. Never even made it to one gig.

  • Tod Duarte
    Posted at 09:36h, 10 August Reply

    Sorry …I meant the phone charger port. Not even close to being roadworthy. Literally keeps falling out!

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