Fisher Gold Bug 2 Metal Detector

Fisher GB2 Metal Detector

Often touted as great for beginners and advanced users alike, Fisher Metal Detectors released the first Fisher Gold Bug 2 in 1995, and production continues even through today. In this Fisher Gold Bug review, we’ll look at features and highlights. This detector specializes in finding small gold pieces in rocks, even wire or sponge pieces. This particular detector is quintessential for the person who prefers the “scrape and detect” method. The Gold Bug 2 and its concentric coils (6 or 10 inches) are not susceptible to false signals due to knocks and bumps, which potentially explains much of its enduring popularity. It remains one of the most popular lightweight gold detectors on the market.

This machine is perfect for searching for gold flakes or nuggets, though for deeper targets you may want to pair it with another detector or run multiple sweeps. The iron discrimination setting on the Gold Bug 2 is difficult to beat. You can even adjust some of the settings with this setting on or off to adjust the signals. The audio settings can go low, medium, or high. High sensitivity increases the pitch as the size increases, though the volume settings can easily offset that.

Even with its high frequency settings, the Fisher Gold Bug 2 retains much of its sensitivity in rougher landscapes. Furthermore, its compact size and removable control box make this device much more adaptable and capable in a variety of situations, without much strain on the arms. The Gold Bug 2 is highly specialized for gold detection, and to this day, it remains one of the strongest small gold detectors on the market.

Dimensions: 21.4 x 12.3 x 5.7 inches
Weight: 2.9 lbs (with the 10 inch coil)
Waterproof: Waterproof coil
Users Manual: Yes
Targeting Depth: Up to 11 inches
Power Source: 2 9-volt batteries
Headphones: Not included
Discrimination: 3 modes
Pinpointing: No
Coil: 6.5 inches or 10 inches

The Good

  • Extreme sensitivity to even the smallest gold nuggets, wires, or sponges
  • Lightweight even with its larger coil
  • Removable control box, for deeper water environments
  • Less weight means less strain on the arms over time
  • Equipped with an iron discrimination mode
  • Hip, shaft, and chest mounts for versatile searches and set ups
  • Operating time of 25-35 hours with two 9 volt batteries
  • Audio boost settings for even more sensitive signals
  • Incredibly useful for small jewelry searches
  • High frequency of 71 kHz

The Not So Good

  • Iron discrimination mode can reject gold if ground is overly mineralized
  • Almost solely used for gold nuggets
  • Has poor depth on larger gold nuggets
  • Can produce strong or overwhelming responses on wet salt sand

Fisher Gold Bug 2 Performance and Design Review

This device is lightweight and sleek, with a curved base to account for its (removable) control box. The adaptability and versatility of this detector make it a great option for smaller spaces and specific search points. It can be easily transported, and it is very compact but tough.

The machine is gold, black, and gray. Its narrow design makes it comfortable to hold for long spans of time. Its compact but robust configuration lends itself well to its intended purpose (to find small gold pieces and nuggets). However, for larger pieces, this machine should probably be paired with a larger device. There is also a larger coil (14 inches) available for purchase separately.

The functions and controls are fantastic in their simplicity. All switches and buttons are designed in such a way that this machine would be incredibly straightforward for beginners to learn.

Hardware Review

Sitting at 40 inches (collapsed) to 56 inches (extended), the Gold Bug 2 is light and sleek, with a weight of only 2.9 pounds with its 10-inch coils. The standard package includes a 5-year warranty from one of the longest running and most trusted brands in this business, Fisher Metal Detectors.

The Fisher Gold Bug 2 usually comes with the 5 year warranty, the 6.5 inch and 10 inch coils, and two 9 Volt batteries. There are also optional accessories available, such as a carrying bag, a 14-inch coil, a chest harness, and headphones.

The 10-inch coil seems to be the preferred option. The battery life means the machine can last up to 35 hours, and its light weight makes it ideal for extended searches that will not wear out your arms.

Fisher GB2 Video Reviews

Final Word

This compact and enduring machine is one of the leaders amongst gold hunters for a reason.

Its size, versatility, and high frequency sensitivity make it a prevailing choice from a trusted metal detector brand. This product comes from a brand that has worked tirelessly to perfect their design and the function of their devices in order to create the ideal machine for gold prospecting, especially for smaller pieces and jewelry.

It’s a relatively affordable choice in the metal detector market, so the Fisher Gold Bug 2 is a fantastic choice for pros and beginners alike!

As always GL & HH

Hi, I'm Brian and I've been digging for the best part of 10 years. I decided to set up Metal Detector List to provide impartial reviews of the very best metal detectors on the market to enable hunters of all levels to make an informed decision before making a purchase


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