This is something I have wanted to see from Shure’s GLX line for some time now and I am glad it’s finally landed on my desk. Well, to be totally honest, it landed on my floor this time, as the new GLX-D Digital Wireless Guitar Pedal is just that, a pedal. Finally you and your Shure wireless system can free yourself from awkward receiver units balanced atop of your guitar amp and integrate the receiver into your pedal board where, your signal chain is likely to start anyway.
Well, ever since the pedal receiver idea came into the spotlight about 7 years ago, I’ve been waiting for Shure to deliver a quality wireless unit that integrated into the pedal board. Now they have done it, and they’ve done it well. To start with, you needn’t worry if your pedal board is already overcrowded, you should be able to make space for this unit. As it features a fast and accurate tuner with a large and easy to read display, you can take your old pedal tuner off the board to free up space for the GLX-D at the start of the signal chain. The pedal unit itself is built like the proverbial and is ready to be trodden on in all manner of ways when affixed to your pedal board. So don’t worry, this unit will take the beating you are sure to deliver upon it. The screen and four function buttons are even protected by two raised side panels that don’t accidently engage the tuner and mute functions.
Shure have really thought this unit though, making it easy to integrate with just about any pedal setup. The receiver can work with a variety of power supplies, running anywhere between 9 and 15 volts and will even work with both centre negative and positive polarity power sources. So, you should be able to add this to your existing pedal power supply no matter what you use and have no issues. That means one less power adaptor and a lot less cables as the output of the receiver now only needs to be several inches in length to reach the next pedal in the signal path.
This is a very clever design that sees both the transmitter and receiver made form tough metal casings and offers a setup procedure that any musician should be able to manage. Best of all, when it is fired up you’ll be hard pressed to tell the difference between this and a guitar lead, even when used with a bass. The A/D conversion is excellent and the quality of audio transmission is just what you would expect of a system of this calibre. If it’s going to be mounted on your pedal board, it will most likely be working on stage with you. So, you can know that when you are running the GLX-D Wireless Guitar Pedal that your audience will hear everything you play and hear it with all the tone your instrument delivers. Nothing is lost in the use of this pedal, except those long cables you were always tripping over.
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Hits and Misses
Solid metal casing on both transmitter and receiver
Quality digital audio transmission
Built in tuner on pedal
Pedal works with a range of power supplies
This should have been available years ago
• Operating Distance:
Indoors: Up to 30m with a
maximum of 60m under ideal
• Outdoors: Up to 20m, with a
maximum of 50m under ideal
• Power Requirements: 9 to 15 V
DC, 250 mA min.