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Best Answer Hi_Im_Matt , Yesterday, 03:02 PM

Hi Larry, 

 

You know, it's funny.  I had just written up a response on how mine has lasted years and years so you must just be the victim of QA randomness or some other factor. But then I went to look for my receipt and when I couldn't find it, decided to see if I could google up some pictures of me using it at gigs.  The first one I can find was in the fall of 2012, which would be about 21 months ago. 

 

So while mine isn't that much older than yours, let me say this ... mine is still chugging along fine despite suffering many, many drops to the stage, drops to concrete, getting tossed around and generally beaten up.   I've had one problem with that being the plastic barrel connector stripped out ages ago.  For the longest time, it had absolutely no impact.  Then a few gigs ago I started suffering what I initially thought were radio interference problems or dropouts, but recently realized it was that the cable was no longer holding itself firmly in. 

 

Mind you, I pack my gear quickly. We stop playing, give some thank you's, spend a few moments with any audience members than I'm doing my best to get out of there as quickly as possible, so I literally just toss it into my guitar bag (with the cable connected).  I was quite pleasantly surprised that I was able to get away with that all this time, and even played a few more gigs with it that way, just reminding myself to push it up firmly between sets. And frankly, I could probably shove a match stick in it, or a piece of folded paper, and keep on using it as-is.  

 

Other than that one issue - which was the result of my dropping it (or more accurate, it leaping to its imminent doom)- it's quite honestly been a workhorse for me, I've been firmly evangelizing Line 6 wireless to anyone seeking wireless.  A bandmate bought a wireless rig without consulting first - I won't name the brand, but he started having *serious* issues with it on gig 2. 

 

As Boomer suggested, I would get yours checked out.  Even if they charge a small diagnostics fee it's considerably cheaper than buying new ones. 

 

Best of luck whichever you do !

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#1 LarryLion

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 05:44 AM

Folks

 

My band bought two G-50s (Guitar, Bass) when they came on the market - late 2012, maybe?  They ran just fine for 18 months or so, and within a week of each other, the transmitters (belt packs) died.  We've had our techs look at them, ruled out connector, power and cable issues, opened them up, checked for any stress breaks, cold solder joints, etc., but the bottom line is the transmitters are dead.  Replacement cost of the transmitters is prohibitive (2/3 of the entire system!), and out of warranty (of course).

 

Has anyone else had a similar experience?  It's a great pity that this innovative product is not more durable, but with two dying like this, after 18 months, I have to believe it is a design issue.

 

Anyway, we're switching to Shure's system, but I really would have liked to stay with Line6.

 

Cheers. Larry


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 08:58 AM

I've had my G50 for over two years now (maybe even three; i'd have to look), and it's still going strong;  I use it for an electric violin, guitar, and bass interchangeably.  My only issue is that the latch on the battery cover is wearing down so it pops open a bit too easy if it's in my pocket, but usually I have it velcro'd to the instrument i'm playing so I don't have that issue most of the time.


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 09:18 AM

Hey Larry

 

Wouldn't a better course of action be to send them in and get a repair estimate?  True, they may be dead but it's also a possibility that something very simple is off.



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Posted Yesterday, 03:02 PM   Best Answer

Hi Larry, 

 

You know, it's funny.  I had just written up a response on how mine has lasted years and years so you must just be the victim of QA randomness or some other factor. But then I went to look for my receipt and when I couldn't find it, decided to see if I could google up some pictures of me using it at gigs.  The first one I can find was in the fall of 2012, which would be about 21 months ago. 

 

So while mine isn't that much older than yours, let me say this ... mine is still chugging along fine despite suffering many, many drops to the stage, drops to concrete, getting tossed around and generally beaten up.   I've had one problem with that being the plastic barrel connector stripped out ages ago.  For the longest time, it had absolutely no impact.  Then a few gigs ago I started suffering what I initially thought were radio interference problems or dropouts, but recently realized it was that the cable was no longer holding itself firmly in. 

 

Mind you, I pack my gear quickly. We stop playing, give some thank you's, spend a few moments with any audience members than I'm doing my best to get out of there as quickly as possible, so I literally just toss it into my guitar bag (with the cable connected).  I was quite pleasantly surprised that I was able to get away with that all this time, and even played a few more gigs with it that way, just reminding myself to push it up firmly between sets. And frankly, I could probably shove a match stick in it, or a piece of folded paper, and keep on using it as-is.  

 

Other than that one issue - which was the result of my dropping it (or more accurate, it leaping to its imminent doom)- it's quite honestly been a workhorse for me, I've been firmly evangelizing Line 6 wireless to anyone seeking wireless.  A bandmate bought a wireless rig without consulting first - I won't name the brand, but he started having *serious* issues with it on gig 2. 

 

As Boomer suggested, I would get yours checked out.  Even if they charge a small diagnostics fee it's considerably cheaper than buying new ones. 

 

Best of luck whichever you do !


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