Alrite guys this isnt really a question I just want to know what you guys think of a shure pg58
like the weaknesess and strengths of the microphone
I don't know of anyone who owned a PG58 who didn't wish he had an SM58 the entire time he/she owned it.
I have to admit that the only times I've tried them it has been a part of a PA system that sucked so bad that it is unfair to evaluate the sound of the mic on that basis. But unless you really need the mic today and don't have the money for a 57/58 it's a penny wise, pound foolish purchase. The rich man buys once what the poor man pays for again and again. Buy once, cry once. Choose your cliche.
I have 3 of these. I have nothing better, so I don't know what's wrong with them. Until I run an SM58 into our board's preamps and hear it through my headphones I haven't truly heard a 58.
(Admittedly our board is junk but it's a balanced comparison this way)
I can get some almost raw samples of vocalists or drums on them, or something.
However, I heard a travelling band with their rented system once. They used SM58s (among other things) and it sounded awesome. Full and powerful, and crisp.
I have a PG58 and I think you shoud stick to what Bob says. One of my teachers at SAE always said SM series stand for Sound Masters and PG for Parental Guiding.
While result don't have to be bad, you can do way better if you save up a little more. I'll let others suggest the mic to buy instead.
I own both PG58, SM58, and a PG48...The best one of all that I've used is the $50 PG48...Don't ask me why, but it has good volume and tone. But now the only thing I use is a Samson Q7. I heard it compared to the SM58 a lot so I decided to buy it. So I saved 15 bucks and it is very comparable to the 58, and very tough also...It's been dropped, stepped on, And a drunk girl accidentally flung it across the bar one night, and still works great.
I have three or four PG58s sitting in a gig bag that I inherited and they perform poorly, compared side by side with the SM58s I own, when I have been forced to use them. Spend the extra dollars, we are not talking big money.
Bob, I quoted you in my sig. Just wanted to let you know :D
PG SM Comparison
The PG58 is the first mic I ever bought. I sang on it a few times through a PA and my drummer had an SM58 and through the PA I could hear no difference. It was in a basement- poor acoustics. I have since bought a beta58a and an SM86, both which I prefer for vocals.
Story 2: I was singing on a mini Kustom PA in a smallish room through my Beta58a and some guy was trying out for lead singer- I'm really a guitar player who sings. I let him use the PG58 and it was feeding back like crazy in that small room whereas the Beta58 was fine. I mean he moved all over the room but couldn't stop the feedback. I think I've read somewhere that the SM58 is much better in this area than the PG. One reason I bought the Beta58 was for feedback resistance.
Like everyone else says, I'd get the real 58. You can buy SM57s at Boynton Pro Audio for $75. It is basically the same as the 58 minus the pop filter. I want one, but three mics is enough for my purposes. You don't get a free mic cable but who cares. I pick up mic cables and cords at GC whenever they have a bin of open box cables for sale. They are dirt cheap. If you get a Monster for $8 or whatever they still have the lifetime warranty. Can't beat that.
I'm not certain about the difference in the polar patterns in the pg and sm but the beta is definitely super cardoid and as such as much better off axis rejection hence less feedback. It also has a slightly different response curve and some people do not like it as much for male vocals.