"Legendary for nothing."
I must start my review with a question: Why is this mic so popular?! Why do people still settle for mediocrety? There are so many better mics than this for EVERYTHING, guitar amps, acoustic guitar, drums, you name it. It's definetly a good value, but if you're really serious about your music, why chose this? This mic is basically a jack of all trades, but a master of none. There are some good "one-does-all" type mics out there, but this is certainly not one of them. When me and my brother (we both play music) got a couple of these to mic our amps, we thought they were great, because we really weren't paying attention to the tone. In truth, these mics reproduction of our amps was (and still is) very brittle sounding, and no amount of EQing can cure the shortcomings. In short, the "SM57" is nothing special.
There arent any special features, mics dont need them.
Ease of Use:
You can't really get great sounds out of this thang.
This is definetly one of the most durable mics I've come across. However, recently, my bro was swinging it all Roger Daltrey style and it hit something pretty hard, and we have'nt got it to work right since. That was not the first time it ever hit something though.
Never had to deal with Shure.
Great value, not great sound.
The Wow Factor:
This thang aint got no sex appeal to me!
I hope to replace this mic soon.