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Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by badrythm, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. badrythm

    badrythm Member

    Jan 25, 2008
    hey guys !

    i ve got a sm 58 for a very cheap price but i dont know wheather it is genuine or not! can someone guide me how to identify genuine or fake mic! please! I wll be greatful to u!
  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Sep 26, 2005
    If you paid under $90US for it? It's a fake. Shure doesn't have to lowball that microphone much.

    My favorite microphone!
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  3. TVPostSound

    TVPostSound Guest

    Did you buy it from a seller on eBay??
    Is that seller in China???

    Look at the packaged literature, does it have many spelling, and grammatical errors??

    Then it's fake.
  4. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Moderator

    Feb 23, 2005
    Price is not a good indicator, either. I just bought a set of (6) 58's from a GC for $500.00 (that comes down to less than $85 each). And they threw in a set of (6) 20-ft. XLR cables (THOSE were from China!) with the deal. We'll use the cheap cables in choir rehearsals, not on the gigs...Still, a very good deal.
  5. I've heard of fake shure mics being sold on ebay recently and i've heard a few of the following differences:

    1. The weight, the fake one being lighter
    2. The instructions manual, the fake one being a photo copy
    3. The fake ones have an SM58 sticker instead of printed on neck

    Apparently they look very similar though so I guess the only way someone can tell is if they already have a genuine one to check it with.

    I think the obvious answer to telling the difference is going to be the sound quality though.

    Hope this helps.
  6. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    Cocoa, FL
    Holding a 58 in my hand (hard to type like this), I can tell you that on a real Shure mic the word SHURE is stamped under pin 3 on the XLR connector.

    Also, if you unscrew the body (not the windscreen but the point below it) there is a date code stamped on the circuit board. The one I'm holding has two letters printed there, and a number just below the threads.

    A counterfeit mic probably lacks these.
  7. dewyuck

    dewyuck Guest

    If you bought them cheap off of amazon they are most likely fake. I did this. Bought a few thought i was getting a deal ($67each), took a look at it and you could tell it just wasnt real. sent the guy an e-mail telling him they were fake. he credited my account and didnt even ask for them back. those guys are making a killer off that fake crap.

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