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Hands On: Shure GLX-D

Cut the cord! To go wireless as a guitarist is to experience tremendous freedom. Don’t get me wrong, cables do the job and can even be used to fine-tune your tone. But the ability to transmit a transparent sound from your guitar while also freeing yourself from tangled wires onstage is a beautiful thing. Even if you’re not doing backflips while wearing your guitar, going wireless can feel like taking off shackles.

A great example is the brand-new Shure GLX-D guitar pedal wireless system. Featuring a compact, strap-mountable transmitter and a stompbox-format receiver, the GLX-D provides cool extras, such as a built-in footswitchable tuner, Shure’s LINKFREQ automatic frequency management, and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides up to 16 hours of power for the transmitter. You can even adjust the level of the receiver remotely from the transmitter! The transmitter charges up fast; even just 15 minutes with the included charger connected gives you around an hour and a half of power.

In use, the GLX-D sounds great and faithfully transmits dynamics and detail. There’s plenty of range (Shure says up to 200 feet), and with the LINKFREQ system, interference isn’t an issue. Having the receiver right on your pedalboard — and including a tuner right inside it — is the ultimate in convenience and means a short cable run from the receiver to the rest of your pedals.

If you’re looking to free yourself onstage — or in the studio — the Shure GLX-D is a great solution!

Mitch Gallagher

About Mitch Gallagher

Sweetwater Editorial Director, Mitch Gallagher, is one of the leading music/pro audio/audio recording authorities in the world. The former senior technical editor of Keyboard magazine and former editor-in-chief of EQ magazine, Gallagher has published thousands of articles, is the author of seven books and one instructional DVD, and appears in well over 500 videos on YouTube. He teaches audio recording and music business at Purdue University/Indiana University, and has appeared at festivals, conventions, and conferences around the world.
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