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Comments to begin with...i have been using an sm 58 for recording since 1996...so that's a a lot of years to have invested in a mic i would guess...and it is still going strong...the tone of the mic colors my guitar and vocal tracks just the way i want it to (i use it for room ambience...mostly use a sm 57 for close miccing)...this poor mic has been through smoky studios, smoky clubs, even accidentally dropped in water once (don't try this at home kids...lol) and after letting it sit and completely dry out it still worked!!!...now that is what icall getting some serious value for your money...other times we tried miccing the drummer's snare with it (just to see what it would sound like) and he hit it a few times with his sticks...normally this might not be a bad thing but he hits like a sledgehammer...however beyond a minor dent in the windscreen nothing else about the mic changed...no dropouts, no buzzing...in short we have put this poor mic through many rigors that other electronics would obviously fail at some point...and yet 14 years later this mic is still going strong...

is it as versatile as other mics on the market or as clear?...maybe not...and maybe i am a holdover from the analog generation but i like the fact i gave 100 bucks for it so long ago and still haven't had to replace it...that, in itself, speaks volumes to me...it definitely serves it's purpose as a good , inexpensive, all around mic...maybe not the best for vocals or drums but then again a mic should deliver what the individual using it wants to hear...and i like the clear mid range tones without the harshness of a somewhat tinny high end i have heard in other mics...add in that it seems to be nearly bulletproof and i think i have a mic that's definitely worth anyone checking out...but you can;t have mine...so do yourself a favor...when mic shopping, check out the shure 58 while you're at the music store...give it a good listen...if it's sound appeals to you you will be purchasing a mic that will stand up through thick and thin...i'll be surprised if this mic doesn't outlive me...


Liked about it 1. rock solid reliability...see the above review for a few details on what i and others have put this mic thru and like the energizer bunny it just keeps going!
2. the nice mid rangey tone...a little scooped but not bad...gives a nice warm tone when placed correctly in front of a guitar cab...and it can handle some pretty righteous volumes too...i know...i was the lead singer of a metal band and wasnt fond of using a compressor...yet the mic very rarely couldnt handle me singing at the top of my volume...
3. versatility...the different experiments i have used it on from guitar to voice to drums and even live singing...it does a lot of things well...maybe not the best at any one thing but definitely a reat choice for someone looking for an all around mic on a limited budget...


Didn't like at times when singing i would have liked a little more top end...but it can't be everything...


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5.0

By diablomozart
Mar 23, 2010
 
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The mic all others aspire to.

Comments The SM58 has been the leader in the field of vocals for as long as I can remember. It's an absolute must for any singer to own one of these in the very least. It's kind of a "jack of all trades, master of none" thing.... not to say that it's bad. Let me explain. I've used other mic's with much better fidelity than an SM58 but they were weak in the durability stakes and eventually gave up the ghost and in a live band situation with constant gigging in different venues every week, you can't afford to have mic's going down all the time. The SM58's never, ever break and the sound is of great quality, not the best, but great quality that they're certainly the BEST all rounder to own for a live situation. I've never had one break in the 20 years I've been gigging, others were lucky to last 2. The sound quality is certainly good enough for Joe Punter to think it's perfect..... only a tone/sound junkie could tell the difference.


Liked about it Durability is unmatched, sound is great, will last you your lifetime..... and maybe your kids' as well.


Didn't like Maybe the sound fidelity could be a bit better but really, that's drawing a long bow. It's a great all-rounder that any self respecting lead singer-backing vocalist should own.


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5.0

By Macka
Jun 22, 2010
 
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Gets the job done, but there are better live microphones available.

Comments The SM58 has been the battle mic for over 30 years, and for good reason -- It is reliable and sounds good. The SM58 was the standard for most bands playing live in the 70s and 80s. There was few others available to compete with it at the time. However, high competition has created better sounding mics for $50 more, and vocal styles should be examined in a store setting before buying the mic that is right for you.


Liked about it It is simple, reliable, comfortable, and sounds good for most vocal styles. It has become the standard for live singing in most cases because the history it has built upon itself. For $100, you can buy one new and it will last for 30 years. If you are a more serious gigging musician however, you should trying different mics out before purchasing one that fits your vocal style.


Didn't like The supercardiod pattern. In live settings, I don't know why cardiod is not the preferred pattern because feedback is picked up easier from the back of supercardiods -- something which is very frustrating if you don't have KISS's sound crew or a $10,000 gigging rig. This is a VERY serious issue for most small-gigging musicians who don't have 25 years of experience under their belt.


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4.0

By DarrenD
May 11, 2010
 
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A true workhorse

Comments It has a lot of great output and is the "industry standard" for microphones...There are a lot of other microphones that have better clarity, look snazzier, or sound similar for less. The one thing I have found with these mics is they are virtually unstoppable...Drop them, throw them, kick them and they all keep right on working. There is never a lost gig due to incompetence. Perhaps the most valuable asset the 58 has...Any average sound man knows how to mix for these


Liked about it 1-Never stops working
2-Love that you can get them with or without switches
3-underestimated at recording


Didn't like 1-would like to see a rubberized sole on the mic shaft...
2-Wish the frequency response was a tad hotter for live vocals


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4.0

By DEADTUNES666
Mar 03, 2010
 
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One of the best mics on the market.

Comments I'm in the process of building a home studio and as such have purchased a few mics over the past few months. I remember back in the days of Sunset Strip club gigs every club would have Shure SM58 or Beta58 mics on the stage. In setting up to do audio and video reviews I tried a number of different microphones and the Shure SM58 came out as the one that provided the best overall tone. I tried both dynamic and condenser mics and now I use a pair of SM58 mics--one for the vocals and one for close-mic'ing the amps. The condenser mics I tried picked up too much of the room noise and other dynamic mics seemed to have an overall flatter sound. Your mileage may vary.

Update--I'm now using a combination of the SM58 close with an MXL 990 room and getting better results.


Liked about it Better overall frequency response than other dynamic mics.
Good price-to-value ratio.
Mine came with a nice carrying pouch and micstand clip.


Didn't like Bit of a learning curve for mic'ing cabinets--seems to lose a lot of volume when moved slightly away from the speaker. Didn't have that problem with condenser mics.


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5.0

By racerevlon
Dec 28, 2009
 
Last updated: March 22, 2010
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The Standard For Live Vocal Performance!!

Comments The best live vocal mic on the market. It has the perfect range for vocal reproduction.


Liked about it 1. Great range for all live vocal applications.
2. Cuts through the mix extremely well.
3. One of the most rugged mics ever built


Didn't like Not as great at recording but still O.K.


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5.0

By Billyb63
Nov 21, 2009
 
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Great piece of equipment!

Comments The Shure SM58 microphone sets the standard for live music!! This is truly a great mic, and the price is right. I love the way this mic makes vocals sound! It has everything a vocalist is looking for, responsive, clear, good bass response and clean highs and mids.


Liked about it Awesome output, super clear and responsive, sounds great at any volume level. Rarely ever feedsback, solid construction, completely road worthy. I use this mic every show and rehearsal, i have owned it for 10 yrs and i have never had a single problem. The microphone is also reasonably priced.


Didn't like The one thing i was not too crazy about was the fact the microphone did not have an on and off switch. Other than that i have nothing negative to say about this microphone.


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5.0

By rglover
Mar 20, 2010
 
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