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A blues harp legend.

Let the Shure 520DX Green Bullet Mic give you that warm, distorted Chicago blues tone associated with Little Walter. Dual-impedance internally selectable, built-in mic cord, supplied with 1/4" phone plug connector.

FEATURES
  • Perfect shape for cupping harp
  • Gorgeous distortion
  • Road-tough casing

Get this down and dirty blues harp classic today.

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Shure520DX Green Bullet Mic
 
4.5

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (7)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Good audio (7)
  • Compact (6)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (8)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Green Bullet for Harp Players

I'm a harp pro, a teacher, and have used lots of equipment. When it comes to harp, the Green Bullet is possibly the best stock microphone you can get. But just like...Read complete review

I'm a harp pro, a teacher, and have used lots of equipment. When it comes to harp, the Green Bullet is possibly the best stock microphone you can get. But just like the harp itself, you have to learn to use it to get the sound. This mic has to have a great airtight handcup. If your cup is loose and airy, yes, you will have shrill tone, and be prone to feedback.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Shure not the usual quality

The mic sounds OK if not pushed to extreme levels where it gets too distorted. However, the construction quality is definately not up to Shure's usual standards. I only us it in my...Read complete review

The mic sounds OK if not pushed to extreme levels where it gets too distorted. However, the construction quality is definately not up to Shure's usual standards. I only us it in my studio where it gets the best of treatment and I have had to repair the attached cord twice and it's broken again. I won't waste time fixing it again, I'll just buy something else.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Green Bullet for Harp Players

By jon gindick

from Malibu

Comments about Shure 520DX Green Bullet Mic:

I'm a harp pro, a teacher, and have used lots of equipment. When it comes to harp, the Green Bullet is possibly the best stock microphone you can get. But just like the harp itself, you have to learn to use it to get the sound. This mic has to have a great airtight handcup. If your cup is loose and airy, yes, you will have shrill tone, and be prone to feedback.

(3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

happier now that it:'s gone

By YankeeTelecaster

from Ayer, MA

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Comments about Shure 520DX Green Bullet Mic:

I found it to be difficult to control feedback. The volume control was handy. The cable is a bit of a pain, but not too much to deal with. Personally, I found a cleaner microphone (Shure SM57) being better to use (and overdrive with the amp)and more comfortable to hold. I also found that bolting a bicycle water bottle cage to the microphone stand (use hoseclamps) works well as a holder. It has decent resale value, as I was able to get the bulk of my money back, but after a year of ownership, I'm happier now that it's gone.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I find it great for vocals

By Pierce-v2W_T

from Boston, MA

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Comments about Shure 520DX Green Bullet Mic:

Honestly I have never used this mic on a harmonica in my life. I'm sure it sounds decent for harmonicas but what I prefer using it for is vocals. For certain styles of music, like gothic, industrial, metal, it has a sort of low mid, mid, high frequency range that gives voices a slight trash can/telephone like effect. If you want that sort of thing it's worth it. You certainly wouldn't want to use it on pop or country vocals. For that purpose, and I assume harmonicas, it's a great mic. The only big draw back is the 1/4 inch connector, which I assume is there more for live applications. I would love to see one with an XLR connector someday.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

All that I expecteted.

By Blind Richard

from Tullahoma, TN

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Shure 520DX Green Bullet Mic:

    Don't listen to all the negative reviews about this mic. This is a Shure mic that has been re-engineered with the latest components available. Does it compare to my vintage 520sl? YES! Does it have the same sound? NO! You must work with what you have to get the sound you want. I have been playing blues harp for 25 years and have used all kinds of mics. Every mic I have used takes a different technique to get the sound you are looking for. I worked with this mic about 5 hours to get the sound I was looking for. What's the difference between an amateur and a pro? An amateur practices until they get it right - A pro practices until they can't possibly get it wrong. Give me this mic and I guarantee I'll give you a sound that the audience will love.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Green Bullet Fan

    By Darin

    from Doniphan, MO

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Shure 520DX Green Bullet Mic:

      I have been gigging several times a month with the same Green Bullet for a long time and it has never let me down. The tone is consistently great and the volume control is responsive. I also play guitar, so to address placement when I'm not using it, I built a bracket that bolts on to my mic stand. Problem solved. It would be useful if the mic had a 1/4 jack, instead of a permanently mounted cord. I have experimented with other mics, but I aso come back to my bullet.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Often imitated, never duplicated

      By LittleHowie

      from Pittsburgh, PA

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Control Your Own Feedback
      • Easy To Hold
      • Easy To Use
      • Perfect Distortion

      Cons

      • Cord is too long
      • Non-detachable Cord

      Best Uses

      • Harmonica
      • Harmonica Of Course
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Shure 520DX Green Bullet Mic:

      My wife got this for me for Christmas, so I have only had it for 10 days, but it is a matter of "where have you been all my life?". This thing can play cleaner than I expected when necessary, but just add a little overdrive and I can get a totally authentic Little Walter-Chess Records sound and blow the walls down. It is somewhat heavy for its size, but that's a matter of being solidly built.

      Like others, I agree that it would be better if the cord were detachable--long experience with mikes tells me it WILL go bad at some point, and it would be easier just to replace the cord than to have the unit repaired. Also, it would mean the user could choose how long a cord they want.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Happily harpin' with the Green Bullet

      By harpman007

      from Jackson, Tenn

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Sound

      Cons

      • No stand or holder

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Shure 520DX Green Bullet Mic:

      the 520DX Green Bullet so far appears all it is cranked up to be. The lack of a way to set it down is at the moment, the only issue, but I am about to solve that. It has rolled onto the floor a few times and still works so durablity is good, but don't want to keep testing it that way. That raspy Chicago sound I have obtained a few times during a heavy harp-lead break, but I am ordering the hohner hoodoo amp for that tone consisently. So far so good, as far as the bullet is concerned. Happy Harpin'

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Bluesy, baby

      By BossFan-NAx4c

      from Philadelphia

      Comments about Shure 520DX Green Bullet Mic:

      I just got this in yesterday and I've been playing around with it a lot. To get a good sound out of this on my amp I've had to turn the amp up a lot. I also crank the treble to MAX, the mids in the middle, and drop out the bass to get a really tinny tone. I ran the mic through my Boss Blues Driver pedal with knobs set in the middle that I use for my guitar and got a really awesome tone out of it that's good for lo-fi vocals. I really like this mic a lot...really gets the job done. Keep in mind that it's fairly low output and you may have to push your amp up. The only think I dislike is the cable...it's thick and vintage-style so it gets kinked up really easily, and it doesn't come off of the mic. There's also no case for the mic so you have to buy another one which is kind of annoying but I'll deal with that.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      pleased

      By Casey

      from PA

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Shure 520DX Green Bullet Mic:

          Been about a month, and so far, very happy with my purchase.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          AS ADVERTISED

          By mudrat

          from brockton mass

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Takes A Little Gettinguse

          Cons

          • None Yet Just Bought It

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Loiud When Needed
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Shure 520DX Green Bullet Mic:

          A BLUES MANS HARP MIC FOR SURE , I ALSO USE OTHET MICS BUT THIS IS ABOUT THE GREEN BULLET I
          RECOMMEND THIS TO ANYONE PLAYING HARP WHO NEEDS A MIC

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