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SM58 Question

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Reed Triller
Jul 29, 2009 4:33 AM GMT

I am getting a fairly good deal on an SM58. Is it possible to replace the round cover with something more similar to the 57?

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Jul 29, 2009 10:51 AM GMT
Jawbone K Replied:

i haven't seen that done. but one suggestion to give you some ease of cupping- put it in a mic stand so you don't have to hold it and the harp too.

an sm57 is much better for that too actually but the 58 works. is it a newer beta 58 or the older standard work horse model?

Jul 29, 2009 4:49 PM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

The workhorse.Only used for a few practice sessions before the band gave up.$50....

Jul 29, 2009 4:54 PM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

I could probably sell it and make a few bucks and then get a 57.

Jul 29, 2009 5:59 PM GMT
FatJim Replied:

That sounds like a good deal. I'd hang on to it if I were you. I actually find a 58 easier to hold than a 57, because in hot, sweaty situations, the ball end stops it slipping out of my hands.

Jul 29, 2009 7:15 PM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

Jim,hmm,,,,,,never thought of the sweaty hands aspect.I could see where the ball end would help there.

Jul 29, 2009 10:35 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

The other consideration to think of between either an SM 57 or 58 is also the size of your hands and for some people with very small hands, an SM58 can be, much like bullet mics, too much physically to deal with.

Jul 30, 2009 12:48 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

People don`t call my hands meat hooks for nothin` :)

Jul 30, 2009 2:28 AM GMT
Jawbone K Replied:

i know of at least one harp guy who uses a bullet with a sm58 element. my hands don't cup a 58 all that well, and a 57 is better for a while, but i really like them in a stand. much better for effects if the p.a. channel is set right.

Aug 02, 2009 5:02 PM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

The answer is no. The way the grill is held to the element is different between a '58 and a '57.

Be careful with "deals" on these mics. There is a large problem with counterfeits - I've seen several. Some of these are very well done and virtually indistinguishable from the original by sight. I didn't know a '57 someone sent me was an impostor until I remove the the internal transformer only to discover it was a dummy. The counterfeit element was wired straight to the XLR plug. Obviously not a real SM57, and it didn't sound like one. Not saying yours is NOT authentic, just a word of caution for everyone.


Aug 03, 2009 12:01 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

How can someone like me who really is not familiar with microphone guts know if a 57 or 58 is fake before buying.I have a chance to buy a 57,too.Not as cheap.

Aug 03, 2009 1:28 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

and is there possibly Japanese/Chinese text on the box as with many fake electronics?

Aug 03, 2009 2:23 AM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

No - there is no way you can tell, at least without taking it apart and knowing what you're looking for. I bought one off FleaBay. It was marketed as the real thing. I truly thought it was at first - the box, the docs, the fit and finish on the mic - everything was done to perfection. But it wasn't. (it had the dummy transformer as described below) There is ONLY one way to be sure - and that is to buy from a bona fide Shure dealer... or me, of course.

I buy all the Shure mics I use to make Ultimate 545's, Ultimate 57's and Ultimate 58's from a Shure distributor and guarantee them to be the real thing. I get a decent deal on them and I don't mark them up. A complete Ultimate 57 is $219, a conversion of your mic is $129 - which means I am selling a brand new guaranteed to be Shure SM57 for $90. That is a great price.


Aug 03, 2009 3:31 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

I think i`ll save up my pennies and buy from you :)

Aug 07, 2009 6:56 AM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

Coming to SPAH? I may be offering a special price to attendees........

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