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Discover why your SM58 grill is designed to dent

by Marc Henshall 

It’s a fact of life, from time to time, if you use your microphone on stage – you will inevitably dent the grill at some point. This could be perceived as a bad thing, or alternatively, you could consider the purpose of the grill as a means of protecting your beloved microphone inside. In the case of Shure’s SM58 – the latter is most certainly the case.

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Why does the SM58 grill dent?

The primary purpose of a microphone grill is to protect the valuable cartridge inside. Therefore, Shure have very carefully designed the SM58 grill to absorb impact, much like crumple zones on a modern car. The microphone will continue to work after it’s been dropped (a point which has been proven time and time again), and despite looking somewhat unsightly, the grill has in-fact done its job perfectly. Replacement balls are fairly inexpensive, and in doing so, you’ll not only restore the aesthetic look of your SM58, but you’ll be helping to secure more years of service from your microphone. Another impressive design element to the SM58 ball grill, is that it is designed to bend and crumple without producing any sharp edges, which could pose a safety risk.

Shure Beta Series “Hardened Grill”

The Shure Beta series of microphones take this concept one step further, adding steel mesh grills for extra protection. The most important factor in both cases being that the microphone still works. On that note, we’ll leave you with one of the videos from our friends at Shure Inc’s “World’s toughest microphones series”. Don’t try this at home kids!

Where can I get a replacement Shure microphone grill?

You can easily order replacement grills from Authorised Shure Dealers. The grill simply unscrews allowing the you to install a replacement within seconds. Should you have any questions about where to locate a new grill or how to install one, our Shure UK customer service team are available to help.

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