It was recently brought to my attention that there are fake Shure microphones floating around out there. So how can you avoid getting a fake SM58, SM57, Beta57a, or Beta58a? Here are some tips I found while researching the topic.
Don’t buy below retail priced mics on Ebay.
Anything that claims to be new and is priced lower than the retail of any other dealer is more than likely fake. Buy from authorized dealers only.
Look for green and yellow wires.
Carefully open the microphone and look for the green and yellow wires connecting the top to bottom. If it looks correct, you’re not out of the woods yet. Some new clones are catching on to the color scheme. If the wires are different colors however, it could be a fake.
Pay attention to the weight.
If you have ever handled one of the real Shure mics, you know they are substantial in weight. Some of the fakes can feel lighter.
Look at the bottom.
You should see the pins numbered and it should also say Shure.
These are just a few tips. Here a couple of videos I found that may help you identify a microphone in question. Good luck!