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This is Boss WL 20 Wireless guitar system, and this effectively replaces your cable from your guitar to your effects or your amplifier, whatever your going to be using and gives you a completely wireless setup, just like you would find with your internet at home for guitar.
Now these have been around for a while, but they tend to have been very expensive, very complex to set up. Some of them require rack units or crazy antennas.
This is super simple. You have a receiver, a transmitter. You can tell them apart, because the receiver is slightly fatter than the transmitter. They both have a standard, Jack, guitar, cable on the end and you plug them. One end into your amplifier for your effects, whatever you’re using a pedal board. One end into your guitar as simple as that they pair really really easily. All you would do is you take the transmitter and you plug it into the receiver.
Now you can probably see if I show you on this camera. Hopefully, you can see this green lights gone on the receiver and an orange light is flashing on the transmitter. Now the cool thing about this now these two are paired.
What’s actually happened is a little more complex than you might think. It’s actually scanned the environment around where we are now and it’s looked for all the wireless signals that can find and believe me.
There are loads around here because we’re an industrial complex and it’s looked for the most appropriate wireless signal range it can use in order to not conflict with other things. So you’re not gon na pick up any radio you’re, not gon na pick up someone’s weird Wi-Fi signal: you’re not going to get conflict.
So what that means is, you can have up to 14 of these onstage completely independent of one another without crossing over frequency, wise, which is super super cool, so they’re, obviously battery-powered.
Now the battery lasts for around up to 11 hours of play time and then to charge these. What you would do is there’s little USB connections on here again. If I share this camera here, maybe you guys can see that there’s a little micro USB on there on both of these.
They take around an hour, maybe just slightly longer than an hour to charge up to full, and then you get 11 hours of play time. So really really super cool, very convenient, very lightweight. The only caveat to this is because of the shape and bulk of the unit.
Unlike a standard, guitar cable you’ll find us if you’ve got an on and a jack plug. So if you’ve got like an Ibanez gem, for instance, where the jack plug is recessed upwards, you might find they don’t fit.
So it’s worth checking out beforehand. However, on my Ibanez AZ here, I do have an upward mounted recessed jack socket and it does fit in there.
Another really cool feature is the fact that this also has completely silent switching on here. So there’s a very small release mechanism here and, as you pull out like some of the super high-end, very expensive cables you’ll find on the market. These are completely silent.
So there’s no pops there squeals no bangs through your amplifier as you unplug them, and they both have that feature built-in. So you just won’t damage your amplifier speaker or the audience’s ears or whoever, when you’re unplugging from your guitar, so very, very cool indeed.
Now, for those guys who want to run a slightly more permanent setup where this is permanently on, say your pedalboard Boss also do the WL 50. Now this is effectively a Boss sized receiver unit.
You again, you pair it by plugging the transmitter in like that, then you can unplug it, and it’s now paired with this, provided it’s plugged in this receiver unit runs on a pair of AAA batteries or it can be powered via a nine volt DC input.
There’s also a daisy chain on here I’ll show you guys on this camera, there’s a daisy chain on there, so you can power your Boss or any other nine volt DC central negative pedals from there as well, which is cool and there’s an input and an output. So obviously your output would go to the rest of your pedals or it could go to your amp.
This, maybe would be the only thing you would have on your pedal board, but you might want something a little bit more permanent or you might want a cable going from this to your amplifier. There’s various different reasons why you might want this unit there’s also an input in case your battery dies.
You have any technical issues. You can plug a standard guitar cable in here and Boss have thought of everything. There’s even a cable tone switch on here which allows you there’s like a short and a long mode.
So when it’s off you just get the completely clean digital signal path from this unit to the Boss, receiver, as you would, with the WR 20 receiver with the WR 50, you can have a short mode which basically simulates like a three meter, cable and then you’ve Got a long mode which simulate a six meter cable.
Well, that’s actually doing you’ll get impedance resistance through the cable. So it’s going to drop off some of the high-end and some of the fields gon na change slightly. It’s super subtle, but it’s there. If you want it built, really well very, very cool unit, so you could use this on your paddle board.
If you wanted to. The only thing that’s worth noting is for you guys to play electro acoustics by the impedance is slightly different of your pickups. There is also a WL 20 L which stands for low impedance.
So if you want to play acoustic instruments, you know with with different pickups in or if you want to play, say electric keys or anything like that, and you want to run slightly lower impedance. There is a version for you as well, so that is the Boss WL 20. I’m not going to do sound demos because it sounds exactly the same. There’s no latency! You can’t tell that it’s anything other than just a standard guitar cable, there’s no difference at all.
So if you’re thinking that this is going to change your sound, if you think I’m just going to change the feel of your guitar, it isn’t it’s just like using the guitar cable, but with much more convenience. So there we go, as usual, guys check out the description below to find the link to this product.
You can link straight through to the dawson’s website, where you can check out the full, specs and purchase one of these awesome wireless units for yourself, we’ll also have the link to the WR 50 in there as well.