Fisher Gold Bug (1986)

Avg. Score: 3 stars 3.50
Based on 4 reviews

Avg. Durability: 4 stars4.50
Avg. Ease of use: 4 stars4.50
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January 03, 2015
Bought it and sold it a week later. Bought the Gold Bug Pro and love it.

Depth on a coin Depth Max Depth: 6 inches on US quarter

Overall Rating 3 stars
Durability 4 stars
Ease of Use 4 stars
Would you recommend this to a new user? No, not really.

Old but still good.

April 23, 2014
Picked up an old gold bug off ebay for a couple of hundred dollars, they still to this day hold their value....Why? Because it can find gold of course! I have used many modern machines from PI to BBS and of course VLF's which is what the gold bug is and runs at 19kHz. Its an all metal machine with manual ground balance / sensitivity dial and threshold.

Always use headphones (best tip and free)Technology has not really moved that far forward and in saying that the old gold bug is still a capable machine and will find small or large nuggets today (very sensitive to small gold). Not bad on the beach too but you will have to dig everything.

If you want to get into the hobby and don't want to spend a fortune on todays over hyped machines consider one that has been well looked after. At todays gold prices just a few grams of gold would pay off the bug in no time.

Overall Rating 5 stars!
Durability 5 stars!
Ease of Use 5 stars!
Would you recommend this to a new user? Yes, absolutely!

Gold MN guy who wrote review below

October 20, 2008
I have no experience with the GB or GB2, but am purchasing one soon...BUT..I have helpful info for you....

You won't find gold nuggets here in MN...But you are one of the extremely few (maybe a handful) of people in MN who have gold detectors...And that is great for you...Because if you go to the local beaches, that machine will pick up all of the MICRO GOLD the other machines could never get...Such as the tiniest gold stud earrings with nice size diamonds attached...And tiny bracelets that might have nice stones attached.

That detector of yours will pick up stuff no other detectors except gold specialty detectors will find...But, be sure to get a good scoop w/ tiny holes or use a large plastic spoon and their will be lots of bending because your machine will pick up everything, its up to you to learn the noises the jewelry will make verses a tiny piece of foil.

Good Luck!!!!!

Overall Rating 3 stars


I'm kinda a newbie, but have used it.

August 26, 2008
I wish I had a better feel for this, would be nice to run into someone with some experience with one. I'm not sure this is the right machine for Minnesota. No gold yet, tons of bottle caps, bolts, screws, nails, and a small bit of change.
Oh, and a friend's cable, so he knows where it runs now.

Overall Rating 3 stars


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