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Fisher's Gold Bug
Posted by: Joel-Winnipeg
Date: June 06, 2011 08:30PM
I have a possibility of picking up an original Gold Bug.
I know its a Gold nugget detector .
Would it be good for coins and jewelry ?
Does it go by sound for the good and junky signals.
This would be a new one for me. Any info would be welcomed.



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Re: Fisher's Gold Bug
Posted by: sgoss66
Date: June 06, 2011 08:39PM
Joel --

I don't know much about the original Gold Bug, but it is indeed a gold nugget machine, and while it will of course "see" other metals, it is not designed for coin hunting and such. I do not think it has any discrimination ability, so you would basically have to dig all metal objects. It is also probably not the easiest machine to use -- as I imagine it has manual, dial-adjusted ground balance versus auto -- designed for use by prospectors. I think you would be MUCH happier with a Gold Bug Pro/G2, if your desire is for a more "multi-purpose" unit.

My two cents worth...

Steve



Minelab CTX 3030
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Lesche hand digger
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Norman, OK

Re: Fisher's Gold Bug
Posted by: Furious T
Date: June 07, 2011 01:58AM
Joel, I think Dave Johnson answered this question on another thread, and, from memory, he did not endorse the original
Gold Bug as a coin machine.

Re: Fisher's Gold Bug
Posted by: Hobbyist
Date: June 08, 2011 10:57PM
There s book titled Advanced Nugget Hunting With the Fisher Gold Bug Metal Detector by Pieter Heydelaar and David Johnson. Attached are photos of the book cover and the portion where David Johnson writes about Man-Made Metals. Hope it helps.




Re: Fisher's Gold Bug
Posted by: Dave J.
Date: June 08, 2011 11:44PM
Strictly all metals, air test in the 11 to 14 inch range on nickels & 10 inch elliptical searchcoil, about the same for the larger high conductive coins and a little less on dimes and copper pennies.

Strictly all metals. Dig everything or dang near everything depending on your ear.

Was never intended for coinshooting and I still don't recommend it for that. For that purpose a $200 or so the Fisher F2 would do the overwhelming majority of folks a lot better.

In all fairness to the original analog Gold Bug, it's better for coinshooting than the GB2, which was even more extreme aimed at gold prospecting.

If you don't do gold prospecting, I would recommend picking up an original analog Gold Bug only on the following conditions:

1. You know the thing works right.

2. You're paying less than $150.

3. You understand that if it turns out you enjoy fishing in dirt rather than in water, you'll be buying another detector better suited to non gold prospecting use than the orig GB is.

--Dave J.

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Re: Fisher's Gold Bug
Posted by: Joel-Winnipeg
Date: June 09, 2011 08:22AM
Thank you guys and Dave J for the info on the Gold Bug detector.
Likely will leave it as this part of the country lacks the gold.
Mostly in coins and jewelry :detecting:



We act as though comfort and luxury
were the chief requirements of life
when all we need to make us really happy
is something to be enthusiastic about.
___ Charles Kingsley___

Re: Fisher's Gold Bug
Posted by: Hobbyist
Date: June 09, 2011 10:12AM
Dave J has spoken! Wanna take this opportunity to thank you for this great machine (Gold Bug Pro). It's paid for itself faster than my other detectors and is a joy to use!

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Re: Fisher's Gold Bug
Posted by: amberjack
Date: June 09, 2011 10:24AM
yep keeps pickin those coins out of the junk :wiggle:

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Date: November 18, 2015 04:34PM

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Re: Fisher's Gold Bug
Posted by: pasttom
Date: November 22, 2015 05:44PM
There is a reason the original Goldbug has needed to be improved with the GB 2 and then all the new style Goldbugs. It is the least desirable of the series. IMHO



Pastor Tom
7 Minelabs, 3 Makros and a few others - rebuilding inventory
under the watchful eyes of my Welsh Corgi Sadie

Re: Fisher's Gold Bug
Posted by: Ant
Date: December 08, 2015 01:52PM
It took me 7 months to learn the language, it goes by sound and iron ID. That's what you need to learn in able to dig coins and if you do learn the sounds you will dig gold too.

Here's some video that demonstrate how I do it:

http://youtu.be/CBVrUy7Tmb8

http://youtu.be/8MrpQBddEM8

http://youtu.be/Ns3Y8U0AxOY

http://youtu.be/OnLQG5lpIwo

I just found my first gold nugget this past weekend, I've found over a pound of gold jewelry with it and $1,000.00 in coins...




Re: Fisher's Gold Bug
Posted by: Ant
Date: December 08, 2015 02:10PM
Here's a link with some more pics of the nugget:

Nugget Pics

Re: Fisher's Gold Bug
Posted by: Ant
Date: December 08, 2015 03:23PM
Here's a video that I recorded this past weekend, it was recorded just after I found the gold nugget, please excuse my coughing and throat clearing during the video, the video is just over 2 minutes:

http://youtu.be/N8wE9H7POvM




Re: Fisher's Gold Bug
Posted by: atomicscott
Date: February 10, 2016 06:02PM
OOPS! Did not realize this was such an old thread! I agree with everything Dave J. says, but I just purchased an original Gold Bug with 10" elliptical for $175 & I would not give it up! At the price, it is a great way to try nugget shooting and it will pay for itself quicker, lol. I believe many have used them for meteorites, etc... I took mine out to an abandon hard rock mine Monday with highly mineralized ground to practice. Wow! I'm finding bb's, lead shot, some less than 1 grain, between 2-4" depth! I noticed right away, it is very easy to get a good neutral GB. I noticed the ground changes very quickly here, so I do have to pay close attention to ground balance & adjust as needed. Smooth, stable threshold and a very hot machine. If you get this thing over the gold it will find it! HH, Scott



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 02/10/2016 06:17PM by atomicscott.




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Re: Fisher's Gold Bug
Posted by: Jackpine Savage
Date: February 28, 2016 05:18AM
What frequency does the original operate at?

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