Home Microphone Comparisons Shure SM58 vs. SM58-LC | NEARLY IDENTICAL!


by Stuart Charles Black

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Stuart Charles here, HomeStudioBasics.com helping YOU make sound decisions leading to a beautiful audio experience that will make you fall in love with music (NOT gear) all over again, so…

Before we get into the Shure SM58 vs. SM58S, grab a snack, sit back and relax because…

You’ve come to the right place!!

What I will bring you in this review

Today I will provide some info on the SM58-LC + a quick comparison of these two, and then give a recommendation towards the end! 🙂

  1. Similarities & Differences
  2. Final Word

Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!!

Shure SM58

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In The Box

Shure SM58-LC Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

Zippered Pouch

Microphone Clip

Limited 2-Year Warranty


  • Primary Applications: Live Sound, Studio Recording, Vocals, Speech/Voice Over
  • Operating Principle: Pressure Operated
  • Capsule: Dynamic
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 50Hz – 15kHz
  • Off-Axis Rejection: 2 dB at 60°, 10 dB at 120°, 20 dB at 180°
  • Impedance: 300 Ohm
  • Sensitivity: -56 dBV/Pa at 1 kHz
  • Output Connectors (Analog): 1 x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
  • Color: Gray
  • Mounting: Mic Clip/Stand Adapter (Included)
  • Mounting Thread Size: 5/8″-27 Female (3/8″-16 Female with Included Adapter)
  • Weight: 0.72 lb / 327 g

To this day, the SM58 remains one of the most legendary microphones of all time.


Well, for one, it’s incredibly reliable.

As you’ll soon see from the video below, you could probably throw this thing off the Empire State Building and it would beg for more like Mick Foley.

In other words, it loves the abuse and seems to hold up under even the most extreme of circumstances.

Thrown in the ocean?


Run over by a truck?

You betcha.

Torched on a charcoal grill?


Don’t believe me? Check the video:

Main Benefits:

Sound Signature

In addition to that, its predictable yet ideal sound signature for live vocals remains its best asset, aided by a tastefully done mid-range bump and natural bass roll-off.

Built-In Pop Filter

The SM58 boasts a built-in Pop-Filter making it ideal in any situation – live or in the studio.

There’s no need for separate components, though you can certainly invest if you so choose.

Built-In Shock Mount

As if it couldn’t get any better, the SM58 absorbs any and all vibrations to keep the sound clean and free of noise.

Again, no need for anything extra. 

No Need For Phantom Power

This is a dynamic microphone and needs no additional power. Just plug it into your mixer or audio interface and away you go.

In the case of an interface, make sure you DO NOT under any circumstances press the phantom power button.


Considering everything we’ve just touched on, it’s astounding to me that a mic of this caliber still goes for under $100.

This has been the case for as long as I’ve dabbled in audio – dating all the way back to 2007.

Hundreds and even thousands of products have fluctuated in price, but this microphone always seems to remain static.

Similarities & Differences


  • Other than the one difference below, these are identical microphones.


  • Cable. The one difference between the SM58 and SM58-LC is that the LC model does not come with a cable. LC actually means “less cable.” The SM58 does come with one. The CN model provides a cable with XLR connectors at both ends.

So in a nutshell, the SM58 comes in:

  • SM58-LC. Cable not included.
  • SM58S. On/Off switch included.
  • SM-58-CN. Cable included.
  • SM58-X2u. XLR to USB Signal Adapter Included.

Final Word

There isn’t much else to say. If you don’t already have an XLR Cable, snag one here.

Regardless, the SM58 is a battle-tested, studio standard with thousands of glowing reviews to back it up.


Well, that’s about it for today my friend! I hope you’ve enjoyed this Shure SM58 vs. SM58-LC comparison.

Questions? Comments? Requests? Did I miss the mark on something? Please let me know down below or Contact me!!

What do you think about the legendary SM58? I would love to hear from you. Until next time…

All the best and God bless,





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Louie Genzano May 27, 2019 - 3:55 am

I never got tired of complimenting you Stuart. All you reviews are just the absolute BEST!
Thank you again Stuart.

Stuart Charles Black May 27, 2019 - 5:55 pm

Thanks Louie! Would you mind if I added you to the email list? It’s mostly content/site updates and giveaways. Let me know! -Stu


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