"I don't think there is anything out there that can beat the Gold Bug 2 for small, shallow nuggets," said a recent customer. Many metal detectorists agree! The analog control panel of the Gold Bug 2 may look old school, but its ultra high frequency and your choice of either a 6.5" coil or a 10" coil ($20 extra for 10 inch coil) is excellent if you're hunting for small, shallow gold! This is a very smooth-running machine, easy to operate, and quiet. This machine is a 71kHz detector that has a long history of finding little dinks of gold. Change to a large coil and get even greater depth.
Fisher engineers worked for years to build a detector that would carry on the Gold Bug's well-deserved reputation as the worlds premier nugget hunter, and this is it! It offers extraordinary sensitivity, ultra-high frequency, iron-discrimination, dust and moisture resistance, audio-boost and the ability to operate in extremely mineralized soil with a 3 position mineralization switch. Since users have total control over this detector, be willing to continually work your ground balance and learn to set your sensitivity to the ground you are working for best results.
Many prospectors— even when drywashing— bring their Gold Bug 2 along to locate black sands and fine gold deposits.
The Fisher Gold Bug 2 Metal Detector Features:
- Powerful 71kHz operation for extreme sensitivity to small gold nuggets
- "IRON DISC" mode rejects iron (trash) targets and hot rocks
- Resistant to dust and moisture
- Boosts audio signal of small and deep targets
- Convertible to hip mount or chest mount
- Weighs only 2.9 lbs.
- Quartz-crystal locked electronics
- Takes only two, drop-in, 9-V batteries
- Dual-knob ground control for coarse and fine adjustment
- Built-in speaker and .25 inch headphone jack, three-position toggle switch, choose between High, Normal, and Low mineralization settings
- Advanced circuitry for increased depth on large, deep nuggets in highly mineralized soil
- Three auto-tune modes with re-tune speeds for nugget hunting in almost any ground condition.
- Choose either a 6.5" coil or a 10" coil from drop down menu.
- Backed by Fisher's 5-year Limited Warranty
- Download spec sheet here
When you're swinging the coil, if you accidentally touch the ground, it doesn't influence your signal like it would with other detectors that might give you a false signal if you touch the ground. The Gold Bug 2 also allows you to swing faster than most detectors, however, slow and steady is generally best when out in the field. Position the coil as close to the ground as you can without hitting any rocks.
The November/December 2016 issue of Gold Prospector Magazine featured an article about the Fisher Gold Bug 2. Below is information and quotes by user Ken Martinez taken from the article:
"This is my primary machine. It wasn't that appealing at first since it's not digital, but I am now hooked. I have found way more gold with the Gold Bug 2 than any other machine I've ever swung. I wanted to stay digital because I thought it could pick up signals better, discriminate better, and I thought the ground balancing was going to be better... then I used the Fisher Gold Bug 2. It changed my mind! With digital detectors you introduce a ton of human error and subjectivity in your algorithms. This analog machine doesn't have that, and, well, it just works! There's nothing I don't like about it, other than I wish it could go 10 feet deep!"
The secret to the success and longevity of the Gold Bug 2 is largely attributed to ultra-high operating frequency. The 71 kHz operating frequency gives increased sensitivity to smaller, deeper nuggets even in highly mineralized soil. With the Gold Bug 2's audio boost and iron discrimination mode, you can hear those faint, deep signals while avoiding hot rocks and ferrous targets.
The terrain and the area will decide how your machine will be set up. Obviously you want to take advantage of the highest sensitivity, but you can't always do that if you are in an area with high trash or hot rocks. "Listen to what your machine is telling you. You want the machine to be as quiet as you can get it. You always want your threshold noise but as soon as your machine starts acting erratically, you've got to make an adjustment— first your ground balance to make sure you are still in baance. If you are, then reduce your sensitivity a little bit."
"The Gold Bug 2 doesn't have an awful lot of false triggers, whereas other machines I've used might have a little static or they're harder to discriminate. This unit is extremely easy on discrimination, and when you put the coil over metal and you hit that discrimination mode, it shuts up immediately. It doesn't give you a sound unless it's big and rusty. Other machines don't exhibit that behavior. When I have gold under this coil and I hit discrimination mode— no matter how small that piece of gold is— it's going to chime off just like it did when I was in standard mode. For that, I love this machine! I want it quiet, and if I do get a signal, I want to be able to hit that discrimination and have the confidence that if it makes a noise that there is a piece of gold under my coil."
Download the Fisher GoldBug 2 Operating Manual here.