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Rusty, Music Professional
Category: Electronic Musical Instruments
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Experience:  Sound Engineer, Electrical Issues, Tone Consulting
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I have a Shure SM57 which has stopped working. Its in good

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I have a Shure SM57 which has stopped working. It's in good condition, but suddenly stopped working. I've tried several leads, so it must be the mic.

I have no electronics experience, and no specialist equipment.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Electronic Musical Instruments
Expert:  Rusty replied 4 years ago.
Hello, my name is Rusty. It sounds like you have the broken wire syndrome... It happens over time, and it's nothing to be alarmed about. If you have a buddy with a soldering iron, it can be fixed in minutes.

There is a special tool made to dissassemble them, as there is a locking ring inside the headshell. However you can carefully insert a very small jewelers screwdriver under the headshell and unlock the ring, and then the headshell will pop right off.

You can then pull the cartridge out, and you'll notice 2 wires connected to the cartridge. These wires are connected to the male end of the XLR output of the mic. Re-solder the loose wire, and reassemble the mic.

There is also a small screw near the base of the mic. If you find that the broken wire is not on the cartridge, it will be on the XLR connector. Unscrew that screw, and the connector will come out of the mic.

To reinstall, place the locking ring into the headshell and slide straight on the housing, and it will snap into place.

Shure will fix that mic for you for a flat fee if you're not confident. Click here for Shure support.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Sounds easy! Thanks for that. We have a soldering iron at work, which I'll get on Monday, and will try it then. If you don't mind I'll report back then on progress (and hopefully give you a rating!).



Expert:  Rusty replied 4 years ago.
Sounds great Dougie! I'll be here on Monday.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Perfect. Enjoy your weekend!

Expert:  Rusty replied 4 years ago.
You too!