Shure 55 mic?

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by Plays_For_Dog, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. I posted this over in the BG forum, but figured you rockabilly folks are far more likely to have experience with these.

    Lately I've been jamming with a great guitarist who is also a great singer. After a particularly awesome session last weekend where we "clicked", we decided to start writing some material and begin the search for a drummer. As of now, we want to keep it a trio, with the guitarist carrying the duties of lead vocals. After about 4 hours of jamming, we spent about another hour sharing videos of bands on youtube that we like (not necessarily what we want to pattern our music from, just "influences" in some way or another).

    I introduced him to Volbeat, we both agreed we liked the tone of their vocals. He has since decided he wants to try a Shure 55 microphone. To be able to give him some insight into these mics, I turn to the vast wealth of experience here on TB. Can any of you share your opinions, experience, pros vs cons of these nostalgic microphones?

    Any input is greatly appriciated. Thanks!

  2. Anyone? C'mon Rockabilly dudes (and dudettes).
  3. Marc Piane

    Marc Piane

    Jun 14, 2004
    I've heard the SM55 is basically the same guts as the SM58 in a more stylish case.
  4. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    I had a Shure 55s for a while. To me, it had some similarities to a 58 but it sounded a lot more lo-fi, even when I had the right impedance. They look cool, they are durable, and their sound is workable. The reissues use a 58 capsule and probably sound way better than the vintage ones.
  5. Yeah, if he gets one, it will be a reissue. Even though we both love vintage equipment, with limited funds it's best not to gamble with reliability. Of course, that old school lo-fi muffle could also be cool.
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