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||Having been a soundman for years, this is the one microphone that works for just about anything, and I carry around everywhere.
As a "live" mic, the SM58 is great for guitars, vocals, drums etc. You see them used at almost every concert.
As a "studio" mic, not a bad choice if you can only afford one mic. It isn't as good as some condenser mics for vocals or acoustic instruments, but it can be used for electric guitars and drums, which those mics are not generally suited for. You'd be surprised how many "big" names use this as a vocal miic in the studio. If you have the money, also check out the Beta58, which is basically the model up from this, it gives a "hotter" signal than the SM58.|
||The SM58 is a standard in the profession, and it's as ubiquitious as any piece of equipment out there. However, there are some limitations on the microphone which you'll want to pay attention to if your primary interest is in home studio recording. The SM58 is rugged as heck and performs very solidly in on-stage situations, where nuances of the voice are not very important to the ultimate output (a PA system). It will perform decently in a studio environment as well, particularly if you get a wind screen and place it properly (check out the MJ forms for some tips on proper mic usage). Nevertheless, if your ONLY application is home studio recording and you don't need the ruggedness and stage performance of the SM58, you might be better off with an affordable condenser Mic such as the Behringer B1.|
||The SM58 is designed to not give handling noise in its output, which makes it ideal for performing and recording without a mic stand. It also works great for miking guitar amps. Quality is excellent, and its versatility is a bonus for those performing and recording. If you plan on only recording with your chosen microphone, a condenser microphone may be a better choice as it picks up more vocal detail.|