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Fisher Gold Bug Pro

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Steve Herschbach
  • Price: $ 549 Freq: 19 kHz Weight: 2.5 lbs Waterproof?: No Current?: Yes

The Fisher Gold Bug Pro metal detector was introduced in 2010 and is still in production. It is a 19 khz VLF metal detector aimed primarily at gold prospecting, relic, jewelry, and coin detecting. The Gold Bug Pro has been a very popular entry level gold prospecting detector. Note that the Gold Bug Pro normally comes with a non-standard 5" round coil. This is good for nugget detecting but too small for most common uses. The Gold Bug Pro can be had however with other coil options like the 7" x 11" DD (Gold Bug DP model) if desired. This model is also sold without a manual ground balance control as the basic Fisher Gold Bug. 

"The Gold Bug® family has revolutionized gold prospecting with new prospecting tools, Target-ID, incredible depth and all at an affordable price! Its fast retune speed and biaxial Search coils create superb target separation with impressive depth. V-BreakTM, the industry's first Variable Breakpoint tone discrimination system, allows user control of the multi-tone Audio ID system. This feature helps distinguish iron targets with a distinctive low audio tone while non-ferrite targets like gold, induce high tones. Tone discrimination combines with a dead-accurate Visual ID system to give gold prospectors a vital new tool in finding gold without having to dig any iron targets. An expanded 40-Point Iron ID target range helps differentiate between larger iron objects and smaller nails and pieces. The way it minimizes the masking effects of ferrous targets near non-ferrous targets is simply amazing! Coin and relic hunters marveled at how well the Gold Bug® Pro performed with our legendary 11 "DD Searchcoil, and the Gold Bug® DP was bom. Two more unique features are the real-time display of the Ground Phase value and an Fe304 meter that indicates the amount of mineralization present. These features monitor changes in soil conditions to locate and trace black sand concentrations where gold is commonly found. The Ground Balance system handles the toughest of ground conditions, capable of balancing all the way to salt. No longer do you need a specialized detector for prospecting and another for coins and relics; the Gold Bug excels at both!" Source: Fisher 2016 catalog

Fisher Gold Bug Pro Metal Detector

Fisher Gold Bug Pro Control Panel

  • Discrimination Mode for coins and relics
  • Motion All Metal Mode
  • Computerized GROUND GRAB with Manual Adjust 
  • No-motion Pinpoint with Depth Indicator
  • Continuous Ground Phase and Mineralization Readout
  • V-BreakTM, Industry's first Variable Tone Breakpoint Discrimination
  • Threshold and Gain Adjustments
  • Signal Strength Indicator
  • Target-ID and 2-Tone Audio that includes V.C.O.
  • 1/4" (6.3 mm) and 1/8" (3.2 mm) headphone Jacks
  • Uses one 9V Alkaline battery
  • Standard with 5" (13 cm) DD Round Closed Waterproof Search coil
  • 19 kHz Operating Frequency
  • Weight: 2.5 lbs. (1.1 kg)
  • 5 Year Warranty

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   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Very light weight, easy to swing for hours on end, an entire day causes no arm fatigue.  It has super loud audio from it's onboard speaker so can be heard even in noisy environments like fast flowing creeks which I appreciate as I'm not one to enjoy using headphones, although it's equipped with both size headphone jacks.  It's sensitive to small gold especially with a small coil such as the 5" stock coil or an aftermarket coil like the Nel Snake which I prefer but it's not quite as sensitive as the higher frequency machines, losing depth quickly on very tiny quarter gram and below pieces where other higher frequency machines I own retain depth.  On bigger bits half gram and over it has very good depth.  Battery life is good and I've come to appreciate just using a single 9v lithium battery in it.

It can also be used as a good coin shooter and jewellery machine and has a very good accuracy with coins on it's Target ID's at reasonable depth.  Not quite as deep as some other machines but as it's a dual purpose that can be forgiven.

If I had my time again would I buy it? Yes, if the price was right but I think it's a bit overpriced in the current marketplace in New Zealand, will likely be more competitively priced in some other countries.

I've recently discovered how well the Gold Bug Pro performs on a majority of beaches, with very accurate target ID numbers and appears to keep it's good stable ID's to very respectable depths, another plus for this detector, not only good for gold but good for beach hunting too.    It's also almost immune to EMI with it's 19khz frequency.

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