I am no sound engineer but I wanted to try and record something. I heard that SM57 were a great dynamic mic to capture guitars and snares. After buying a SM58 I wanted to get another "tool" in my recording kit. I have this friend, metal head to the core, wanted to get a demo done. Told him I was eager to learn and I wanted to help if he wanted. He said yes. Read you need to find a sweet spot on an amp, found it and we put the SM57 in front of his Marshall head. It was a pleasure ! we capture the guitars in no time, we barely touched the sound in the mix, just an EQ and a light compressor but nothing else. The SM57 did the whole job for us.
You can here what we've came up with here the same experience with my own drum kit. Place the SM57 over the snare and bang, it got it, it was like the shure got a mind of its own, knowing exactly what to do and what to capture. This is a great piece of equipment, every home studio need to have one. All rounder, small, lean but very powerful. The only little down is that the ring around the head rotates endlessly. It feels like you are unscrewing the top but you don't really. It gives me a weird feeling of "it's not robust enough". Don't get fooled. It is worth every cents.