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Options Fisher Gold Bug Pro Garrett Scorpion Gold Stinger
Detector Type Nugget Detector Nugget Detector
Price $700 $550
Manufactured in 2010 1991
Battery Type 9V Three 9V
Weight (Lbs.) 2.5 3.3
Operating frequency 19 kHz. 15 kHz.
Display Yes None
Backlight No
Target ID Numeric
Tone ID 2 Tones
Search Modes
  • Discriminate
  • All Metal
  • Pinpoint N/M
  • Non-Motion All Metal
  • Hot-rock reject
  • Motion Discrimination
Ability to change coils Yes Yes
Ground balance Manual Auto, Manual
Waterproof Coil only Coil only
Warranty 5 Years
Number of Reviews graph 10
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Avg. User Rating 4.91 3.84
Avg. Durability Rating 4.60 5.00
Avg. Ease of Use Rating 4.40 4.00
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Most helpful review for Fisher Gold Bug Pro

Gold Bug DP Pro - First impressions
Just bought this great machine - confess I have only used it once for 1 hour on the beach but found 12 coins at various depths ranging from just beneath the surface to 9 inches.

I have owned the Garrett 250, Minelab Etrac, Sovereign GT, Explorer SE Pro, Tesoro Vaquero and The Laser Hawkeye - But all had varying issues which resulted in me selling them. I am not knocking any of these machines but on first impressions the Gold Bug seems to be the perfect machine for me.

It is lightweight. Easy to switch on and go yet it is a serious machine. I bought it for all round use and have so far found it to be the easiest of all the machines I have used on the beach. It works well on dry, wet and black sand. I used it in discrimination mode at 20 which cut out iron nails. The target ID numbers locked onto the target and remained constant with each pass. I could easily identify modern coinage and also found the depth to be accurate.

Ground balancing was quick and easy and pinpointing was spot on. I turned the gain to practically full on and the machine still remained quiet. Moving to the wet sand just required a quick ground balance and off I went. The machine is extremely quiet between targets, non of those confusing multi tones.

I air tested the Gold bug for sensitivity to small gold items and it detected everything including fine trace chains. None of the other machines I owned matched this sensitivity to gold.

Tomorrow I will be testing it on pastureland. I am confident from what I have seen so far that the Gold bug will prove equally as good on land.

Still have a lot to learn about this machine but I know I will enjoy getting to know it better.
Keith from England UK

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Most helpful review for Garrett Scorpion Gold Stinger

Take Your Time!
I purchased the Stinger nearly 2 years ago as a first detector. Living in California, I dreamt of finding gold in them thar hills.
The Gold Stinger arrived and, per others' comments, read and re-read the manual before even turning the detector on. This helped a lot. Then, I practiced in the yard to get the feel of all metal and motion discrim. When I felt ready, I hit the hills.
After owning this detector for nearly two years, here are my thoughts:

Pros -
* Deep in All Metal. Although I haven't found any gold nuggets yet, I have hit other items like a .45 bullet at about 14". I'm confident that if there was gold, I would have found it.
* Easy Motion Discriminate. Coin hunting in parks is easy to do in this setting. Although you have to manually pinpoint, that's very simple, especially after watching the video and practicing.
* Light! This detector is very light and well balanced. I can swing for hours without my arm tiring.
* Long battery life. On (3) 9 volt batteries, I average about 25 hours, with headphones.
* Rugged! I've dropped it, stepped on it, and even got sand in the control box, and this machine kept on going.

Cons -
* Manual Ground Balance! This is an issue when searching in All Metal Mode in mineralized ground. In one area, I had to balance this machine every few steps. Finally got frustrated and switched to Motion Discriminate Mode.
* Motion Disriminate depth. If you want to hunt coins in the park, expect to get only about 6"-7" depth max. Even on quarters. DO NOT USE ALL METAL MODE IN PARKS! It will drive you nuts as it will never stop making noise.
* One tone ID. Because this machine has only one tone, expect to dig a lot of trash. When coin hunting, keep the Discrimination around 6-7 and depth at the arrow. This will help reduce bad targets. Also, listen to the beeps. Practice and get familiar with what it's telling you.
* Batteries. As stated above, this machine uses (3) 9 volt batteries. These are situated in the control box on the circuit board. To change the batteries, you must disassemble the housing. Kind of a pain! Would prefer AA batteries as they would probably be easier to replace and less expensive.

All together, I'm pleased with the machine as I'm familiar with what it can do and what its limitations are. I have found a ton of coins, jewelry, some relics and other cool items.
But, having to do it all over again, I would save my money for a better gold detector like the Whites MXT. I have tried it and feel it is better equipped to handle the mineralized ground and all around detecting.

If you buy the Garrett Scorpion Gold Stinger, just remember to practice, practice, practice. Expect to put in an easy 100 hours to get familiar with it.

I hope this info helps.



Robin from Pasadena, Ca. USA

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