Real vs. Fake SM58 (Page 1)
This page presents the differences between a real Shure SM58
and a counterfeit mic sold to me on ebay a little while back. Not to
worry, Ebay dealt with that instance just fine. Anyway, the first,
and main, difference is that the counterfeit looks and sounds
cheap, while the real SM58 is a nice, clean, versatile and hardy
mic used by musicians everywhere.
Shure usually provides a nice pouch for their mics, and these
pouches have a nice sleak embossing of the Shure logo, like in
The counterfeit case on the other hand is a crappy attempt at
replicating this. Even though they managed to produce a similar
outline for the lettering, the shapes of the letters is pretty far off.
Also the material used appears all cracked and worn, as seen in
the next photo.
Perhaps a bit difficult to tell from the photo, but the logo on
counterfeit pouch is smaller than that of the real case. Not to
mention, the fake case is just smaller in general. Now, I have
seen older Shure cases that look more similar to the fake one
here, at least on the outside. Quality of the case is more
recognizable on the inside of a Shure case, old or new. The next
photo shows the fine quality of a Shure case from this inside,
including the silky nylon, perfect cut and stitching.
It is more obvious that the fake case lacks quality. The stitching
and cut is not so even, and the material is made of some cheapo