Shure Model 520 was released in 1949 as a two-way radio microphone, but the mic affectionately dubbed the “Green Bullet” soon became the go-to solution for blues harp players. With some help from legendary blues artists Sugar Blue and Nigel Mack, Shure Corporate Historian Michael Pettersen traces the enduring legacy of the Green Bullet, including its comeback from extinction.
Allison Wolcott started singing at Shure and now sings wherever she can. She wishes she were Brandi Carlile, Neko Case, and Johnny Cash all rolled up in a voice box. Her favorite mic is the BETA®87A.
- How the “Green Bullet” Became the Definitive Blues Harp Mic
Since the 1950s, blues harmonica players have used bullet-shaped microphones and tube amplifiers. But how it all started remains a mystery.
- Mysteries and Treasures in the Shure Archives
What’s behind that locked door in the restricted-access Technology Annex at Shure headquarters? Step inside and have a look.