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Options Fisher Gold Bug DP Fisher Gold Strike
Detector Type Nugget Detector Nugget Detector
Price $750 $850
Manufactured in 2010 2002
Battery Type 9V Two 9V
Weight (Lbs.) 2.5 3.5
Operating frequency 19 kHz. 30 kHz.
Display Yes Yes
Backlight No Yes
Target ID Numeric Numeric
Tone ID 2 Tones 2 Tones
Search Modes
  • Discriminate
  • All Metal
  • Pinpoint N/M
  • Discriminate
  • All Metal
Ability to change coils Yes Yes
Ground balance Manual Auto, Manual
Waterproof Coil only Coil only
Warranty 5 Years Lifetime
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Avg. User Rating 4.50 4.43
Avg. Durability Rating 5.00 4.00
Avg. Ease of Use Rating 5.00 3.00
Avg. Depth Rating No data available yet
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Most helpful review for Fisher Gold Bug DP

Gold bug dp loves nickels.
I live and Indiana and purchase my Gold Bug DP 8 month ago. I bought the machine specifically to coin hunt and hunt for micro jewelry. After many hours using this machine I would like to share my view point with you.

I own many different detectors and over 20 years experience to base my opinion on. The 1st trip out: I was eager to try the machine and saved a few good places to use it on when the weather cleared. I also had in mind a few detectors I owned and wanted to try it against. After 1 hour using the machine, I hated the machine, I liked the weight, but I thought the machine was a mistake because of all the problems I was having finding good targets.

I switched machines, went back over what I had already hunted and found a few good coins. The next several hunts also ended with me hating the machine and I contemplated sending the unit back. The Turning point: About the 5th hunt I started finding a few coins, but I was still having some confusion on the tones and the erratic readings I was experiencing on the display. The light was fading fast and I was forced to finish out the hunt in the dark. 3 hours after light had passed I finally figured out my problems and I began to dig the good finds with little junk!

What happened? I was forced to hunt by tone and not reading the numerical display. The tone qualities on this machine are amazing. I am now able to pretty accurately guess what I am going to dig. The machine is sensitive to EMI buried lines etc. Keep your sensitivity low for your 1st set of batteries are used up, then your learning curve will be shorter then mine.

Last week I went to my back yard and hunted a 13'x26' area, I have hunted this with my Minelab, Tesoro, Fisher CZ models and a Garret. Now the results were a little concerning, I found way to much stuff! 8 old pennies and a nickel. Most these were dug at 4" to 6" depth. What happened? Not sure at this point but I had a hunch.

Proving Grounds: I went to a elementary school that is located about a 100 yards from my house. Last few weeks I searched an area that was 40'x120' with a Fisher CZ-3D and I found a few coins. This Trip I ground balance the machine made 3 steps and Ding! Good target 4" down, reading 57 and 58. Yup a nickel! After 1/2 a day in this area I dug out 2 quarters, 10 Dimes, 12 nickels and 19 pennies only three were at the surface. Now I am upset...Why did my other detectors not find these coins??? Truthfully...Who cares!
This detector is my newest it should out perform my others.

My Summary: This Detector has Several Key points I liked.
1-This Detector is Hot on Nickels! Smokes all my detectors.
2-Finds the coins in trash better then all my other detectors.
3-Love the weight! Easy to swing.
4-Great Battery Life!
5-Good Dollar value based on performance.
6-Great Owners Manual. Read it 3 times!!!!

The Bad points.
1-No volume control. Use Premium Head Phones...A must!!!
2-Electrical interference issues.
3-Steel Bottle caps.
4-Finds small items that you do not want while coin hunting! You will figure it out!

The detector was used with the stock coil, I liked using it on the large open ball parks and soccer fields. It did good in school grounds and homesteads. I have yet to hit any woods, but I am pleased with the performance now that I understand all the tones and noises it makes.

One time I dug out a dime with a pull tab above it and a nail next to it. Swing speed is what ever you want, fast or slow. I had the best luck coin shooting with the discrimination set on 40 and most items I dug were good. Study the chart in owners manual it tells you with good accuracy what the numerical readout is on coins.
Dig everything your 1st week and learn what the chirps, bleeps, beeps and screamers are. By the end of the week you will know the tones.

After you master the tones then you can work on reading the numbers. If I had this detector stolen today, I would order another one immediately. I am ordering the 5" coil for it this week and going to try my luck in a real trashy areas. Small jewelry tested well, but so far I have only found 1 ring with it. Now I am faced with the decision of what to do with my detectors that do not live up to this level of performance! Hello e-bay!
Tim from Indiana

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Is the Gold Strike worth it... ?
I have been using the Gold Bug 2 for several years now and I thought I'd upgrade to the newer Gold Strike from Fisher. At first I thought I had made a real mistake but found that the biggest part of the problem was the operator... me...
The Gold Strike has a much more difficult learning curve than the Gold Bug 2 but if you put in the time and effort to learn the detector it works quite well. I took both detectors with me on a trip to central Az, and ran them against each other in a field test.
Result... over the course of 3 days, every time I detected a nugget with the Gold Bug 2 the Gold Strike would also find it before digging, The Gold Strike found 2 moderately buried nuggets that the Gold Bug would have missed because of hot rocks.... The Gold Strike did find a lot of Trash that the Gold Bug ignored but the final tabulation was ..
Gold Bug 2 --- 5 nuggets (very small to medium)
Gold Strike -- 7 nuggets (very small to medium)
Total gold ... about 4 Dwt.
If you take the time to learn how to use the Gold strike, it is a very good machine. For a first Detector I wouldn't recommend it but for someone willing to take the time to learn how to adjust it properly, It is worth the effort.
Glenn R. from Central Texas

Thumbs up! 237
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