Shure Mike abuses this iconic mic with a series of punishing tests that would quickly trash lesser microphones
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At Musician’s Friend we have an abiding respect for the Shure SM58 mic. Collectively, we’ve subjected them to all kinds of abuse over the course of thousands of gigs and they’ve always come back for more. We even have jokingly written that if you don’t have a hammer handy, use an SM58 to drive that nail.
Still, when we decided to really punish an SM58, we we weren’t so sure it would survive what we had in mind. Calling on Shure Mike, we came up with a series of challenges that would seriously put the durability of the SM58 on the line:
For starters, we tossed an SM58 into the surf of the mighty Pacific. After allowing the sea foam to dry out, we plugged that sucker in—and voila—the mic was good to go!
Next test: Crunch that poor mic—under the wheels of a pickup. Net physical result: a severely crushed grille. Impact on sonic performance? Zero! The SM58 performed perfectly normally!
For our final challenge we tossed the SM58 on the barbie and let it grill. The SM58 took the heat without flinching!. Though its housing showed a little charring, the mic came off the grille ready to reproduce some cookin’ vocals!
We don’t recommend you subject your SM58s to this kind of abuse intentionally—the wear and tear of gigging with the mic should prove its worth to you and then some. If you haven’t ever experienced the uncanny performance of the SM58, don’t you think it’s time you discovered why the Shure SM58 been the mic of choice for countless gigs and recording sessions since 1966?