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Technique: Shure SM58 XLR Connector Wire Repair

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This guide will show you how to solder any broken wires back onto the Microphone XLR Connector.

  • Author: nat coll
  • Time estimate: 5 - 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Moderate

The XLR Connector is the part of the microphone that plugs into the cable which carries the sound to the sound mixer and speakers.

Step 1 Shure SM58 XLR Connector Wire Repair  ¶ 

If the wire is not exposed from the insulation, strip the broken wire.

Step 1 Shure SM58 XLR Connector Wire Repair  ¶ 

  • If the wire is not exposed from the insulation, strip the broken wire.

Step 2  ¶ 

Bend the wire around the contact point. Pin numbers are located on the outside of the connector.

Step 2  ¶ 

  • Bend the wire around the contact point. Pin numbers are located on the outside of the connector.

  • Connect the red wire to Pin 3 and the blue wire to Pin 2.

  • Pin 1 should have a single piece of exposed wire connecting it to the metal plate on the top of the connector (the ground plate).

Step 3  ¶ 

Clamps are helpful for this step.

Step 3  ¶ 

  • Clamps are helpful for this step.

  • In one hand, hold the solder. In the other hold your soldering iron.

  • Touch both the soldering iron and the solder to the contact point. The solder should melt and create a connection between the wire and the microphone connector.

Step 4  ¶ 

Remove the solder and then the soldering iron from the contact point.

Step 4  ¶ 

  • Remove the solder and then the soldering iron from the contact point.

  • If you remove the soldering iron first, the solder may become stuck to the contact point.

  • Let the wire cool for 30 seconds or so.

  • If the wire is not completely connected repeat steps 2 through 5.

Step 5  ¶ 

To reinstall the XLR connector, follow the Installing Shure SM58 XLR connector guide

Step 5  ¶