Shure SM58

Learn how to spot fakes with a 33 step guide

Created 2023-02-21 ©goVerify, Inc.

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33 point

1. Profile

Learn how to spot a fake Shure SM58 microphone with this detailed 33 point step-by-step guide by goVerify.

3. Retail Box

A new Shure SM58 is boxed in a sturdy white cardboard box which is covered by a full-colour printed cardstock sleeve. Check the sleeve carefully for any errors in brand logos, alignment, spelling and overall finish quality. Make sure that the short side of the cardboard box contains five stickers with all relevant product information, including the serial number. Remember that real microphone boxes can accompany fake microphones.

12. Capsule Housing Detail

From this angle you can clearly see how flush the Shure SM58 capsule housing sits against the microphone body. Also note how neatly the mesh grille tucks behind the two silver bands, and how the weave continues along the same trajectory above and below the middle band.

19. Connecting Pins

The silver metal connecting pins on a Shure SM58 are labelled, clockwise, as 1-2-3. Note the embossed Shure logo below pin 3 - check the typeface and the curved positioning. Above pin 3, note the embossed international symbol for "do not dispose". Additionally, note the position and shape of the metal positioning tab in the recessed cavity above the pins.

28. Accessories

The Shure SM58 box contains the following Shure-branded items: a black faux leather pouch, a microphone clip and a velcro cable tie.

Retail Box
Sleeve Top
Sleeve Detail
Box Detail
Box Label
Sleeve Bottom
Text Detail
Body Shape
Capsule Housing
Capsule Housing Detail
Body Join
Capsule Side
Capsule Top
Rear View
Connecting Pins
Internal Wiring
Inside Text
Box Contents
User Manuals
Safety Instructions
Sticker Front
Sticker Back
Cable Tie
Microphone Clip
Clip Logo
Thread Adaptor

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