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Fisher Gold Bug 2 Metal Detector with 6.5" Search Coil


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Product highlights

with 6.5" Elliptical Search Coil Plus FREE Metal Detecting & Treasure Hunting Accessories
  • Perfect for finding small nuggets
  • “IRON DISC” mode rejects iron (trash) targets and hot rocks
  • Weighs just under 3 lbs.
  • Adjustable Threshold, Volume and Sensitivity
  • 5 year warranty
Product Description

Fisher Gold Bug 2 with 6.5" Search Coil Metal Detector
with 6.5" Elliptical Search Coil Plus FREE Metal Detecting & Treasure Hunting Accessories

Now with the ultra-high operating frequency, the highest one on the market, combined with iron discrimination, you’ll be striking it rich in no time! Using low-noise, precision-matched, temperature-compensated components and state-of-the-art circuitry, the Gold Bug 2 takes prospecting to a new level. The 71 kHz operating frequency gives increased sensitivity to smaller and deeper nuggets even in highly mineralized soil. With the Gold Bug 2’s audio boost and iron discrimination mode you can now hear those faint, deep signals while avoiding hot rocks and ferrous targets.

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  • Frequency : 71 kHz
  • Warranty : 5 Year Limited
  • Total Weight : 2.9 lbs (1.3 kgs)
  • Audio : Built-In Speaker and 1/4" Headphone Jack
  • 3-Position Toggle Switch : Choose between High, Normal, and Low Mineralization Settings
  • Ground Rejection : Advanced Circuitry for Increased Depth on Large, Deep Nuggets in Highly Mineralized Soil
  • Search Modes : 3 Auto-Tune Modes with 2 Re-Tune Speeds for Nugget Hunting in Almost Any Ground Condition
  • Manufacturer Fisher
  • Manuals

    Instruction Manuals

  • Quick Look Take your prospecting to a new level with the Fisher Gold Bug 2 detector. Sports a waterproof 6.5" search coil with iron discrimination.
  • SKU 12-2650-bundle
  • Product Type Metal Detectors
  • Factory Included Accessories
    • 6.5" Elliptical Search Coil
  • Warranty Yes
  • Detector Type Gold
  • Interchangeable Search Coil Yes
  • Technology VLF Single Frequency
  • Arm Rest Fixed
  • Arm Rest Strap Yes
  • Adjustable Shaft Yes
  • Assembled Length Max (in) 53
  • Assembled Length Min (in) 40
  • Apps None
  • GPS No
  • Audio Tones No
  • Depth Indication No
  • Control Box Mount Convertible
  • Frequencies 71 kHz
  • Number of Frequencies 1
  • Programmable Target Id No
  • Target Id No
  • Threshold Adjustable
  • Pinpoint Mode No
  • Ground Balance Manual
  • Vibration Mode No
  • Search Modes 3
  • Search Mode Types All Metal (Audio Boost), All Metal (Normal Mode), Iron Discrimination
  • Search Flashlight No
  • Display Type N/A
  • Backlit Display No
  • Volume Control Yes
  • Headphone Jack 1/4"
  • Bluetooth Compatible No
  • Interchangeable Headphones Yes
  • Battery Type 9-Volt
  • Battery Quantity 2
  • Battery Life (hr) 20 to 25 Hours
  • Rechargeable System No
More Information

Fisher Gold Bug 2 Metal Detector

If it's in the Ground or in the Water a Fisher Metal Detector will Find it!

Take Gold Detecting to a New Level with the Ultra High Frequency Gold Bug 2

gold bug 2 main

Use Standard or as Hip-Mount
(belt not included)

Like the original Gold Bug, the Gold Bug 2 is designed for finding gold nuggets. It offers extraordinary sensitivity, ultra-high frequency (the highest operating frequency on the market), iron-discrimination, dust and moisture resistance, audio-boost and the ability to operate in extremely mineralized soil with a 3-position mineralization switch. It comes with either a 6.5" or a 10" elliptical search coil for the same great price.

Now with the ultra-high operating frequency, the highest one on the market, combined with iron discrimination, you'll be striking it rich in no time! Using low-noise, precision-matched, temperature-compensated components and state-of-the-art circuitry, the Gold Bug 2 takes prospecting to a new level. The 71 kHz operating frequency gives increased sensitivity to smaller and deeper nuggets even in highly mineralized soil. With the Gold Bug 2's audio boost and iron discrimination mode you can now hear those faint, deep signals while avoiding hot rocks and ferrous targets.

Extraordinary Sensitivity, Ultra High Operating Frequency, Iron Discrimination, Dust and Moisture Resistance, Audio Boost and the Ability to Operate in Highly Mineralized Soil

gold bug find Now you can hunt with the next generation Gold Bug - the Gold Bug 2. Fisher engineers worked years to build a detector that would carry on the Gold Bug's well-deserved reputation as the world's premier nugget hunter, and here it is, the Gold Bug 2. Like the original Gold Bug, the Gold Bug 2 is designed from the ground up for the sole purpose of finding gold nuggets. Using low-noise, precision-matched, temperature-compensated components and state-of-the-art circuitry, the Gold Bug 2 takes prospecting to a new level - 71 kHz - the highest operating frequency on the market. The result: increased sensitivity to smaller and deeper nuggets in highly mineralized soil.

gold bug find 2 Switch on the Gold Bug 2's High Mineralization Mode, and you can hunt gold-bearing areas that were previously off limits. Flip a switch for the Gold Bug 2's Audio Boost Mode and hear those faint, deep signals. Or use the new Iron Discrimination Mode to help avoid hot rocks and ferrous targets. Meanwhile, a dust and moisture resistant control housing helps keep your Gold Bug 2 in peak operating condition.

Find Gold with Fisher's 71-kHz, Deep-Search Nugget Detector
The Gold Bug 2 is backed by Fisher's 5 Year Limited Warranty and the
Commitment to Quality that Goes into Every Fisher Detector

Technical Specifications:

  • 5 Year Warranty
  • Weight : 2.9 lbs (1.3 kgs)
  • 6.5" Elliptical Search Coil
  • Operating Frequency : 71 kHz
  • Batteries : (2) 9V
  • Battery Life : 25 Hours
  • Search Modes : 3 Modes
    • All Metal (Normal), All Metal (Audio Boost), Iron Discrimination
  • Adjustable Length : 40" - 53"
  • Audio Output : Speaker and 1/4" Stereo / Mono Headphone Jack
  • Choose between High, Normal, and Low Mineralization Settings with 3-Position Toggle Switch
  • 3 Auto-Tune Modes with 2 Re-Tune Speeds for Nugget Hunting in Almost Any Ground Condition


  • Converts to Hip Mount
  • Built-In Detector Stand
  • Faint-Target Audio-Boost
  • Quartz-Crystal Locked Electronics
  • Dual-Knob, Coarse / Fine Manual Ground Adjust Control
  • Adjust Threshold Level with Small Shaft on Rear of Housing
  • Sealed Panel and Speaker Design for Dust and Moisture Resistance
  • Plug your Headphones into Stereo-Mono Input Jack with Removable Weather Seal
  • Built to Take a Beating with Metal Loop Connectors and Double-Locking, Fiberglass-Reinforced Lower Stem
  • Advanced Ground Rejection Circuitry for Increased Depth on Large, Deep Nuggets in Highly Mineralized Soil
  • Adjust Target Volume, Sensitivity, Test the Battery and Turn Power On and Off with Dual-Function Potentiometer

Customer Reviews

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    • ★★★★★ Review by Richard V.

    Review by Richard V. on March 25, 2016

    I was lead to believe that a medium priced detector was a better value for sound, depth, and ease of understanding instructions and operation. I still believe that, but my first choice did not provide the sound quality I required - but my Fisher Gold Bug 2 did! After working with my first gold detector I decided to try a different one because I could not hear the audio signal of the gold nuggets as clearly as I wanted. I tried full ear headphones. I tried ear buds and everything else. Nothing seemed to help with the hearing problem I had with the first detector. I tried different, more expensive headphones and types and I still had problems hearing the signals. I had to do something because I enjoyed being outside in the sunshine and in gold country. I had tried several different detectors for gold and I liked the Fisher Gold Bug the best. I must say that the audible qualities as well as the basic electronics have really improved in nearly all of the detectors since I got my original one. I tried the very expensive gold detectors and found them too heavy. Some of the light weights just didn't seem to be built well enough. Others were too complicated to for me to spend hours trying to understand all of the possibilities available. I wanted to locate gold, like when I was able to turn on and go with my original detector. The Fisher Gold Bug had a very loud and a good detected gold sound. It is easy to use, you could turn it on and go. Oh yes you had to ground balance it, but it is easy to adjust. The sensitivity is very good even at low numbers. I did find smaller pieces of gold with lots of signal that perhaps I had missed with my other detector. The Fisher Gold Bug is well balanced and is easy to pinpoint a target. The manual was easy to read and understand and not a big book. This detector has taken a beating in the areas where I have worked with it. I have replaced the coil cover once and the detector still keeps on going.
    • ★★★★★ I Love this Detector

    Review by Gold N on March 17, 2014

    Doesn't miss a flake. Only goes 1-3 inches deep but gets the small stuff. Gold has a higher pith sound but I still dig every target. Lost of tiny shot and metal flakes from bullets.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Gordon C.

    Review by Gordon C on June 14, 2012

    I like to prospect for gold, and never have the time or money to use a dredge. My favorite is sniping for small pockets of gold. Before I received the Gold Bug I would look for places that I thought would have gold, it could be hours spent panning or sluicing for nothing. The Gold Bug is easy to use, ground balance is easy and stable even in mineralized soil. Now I can spend time on working pockets that have more promise of gold. Even on the pockets that have no gold, I find enough black sand to know I am at least on the right track. I now find twice as much gold as without using the Gold Bug.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Ted

    Review by Ted on August 1, 2008

    I would really recommend the Gold Bug 2 to anyone serious about prospecting for gold. I believe this detector to be ideal for a complete novice or the more experienced user. I have other detectors and use them for relic hunting as the Gold Bug 2 is not ideal for coin and relic shooting, but I have found relics with it. My personal feeling is that there are easier and cheaper detectors for the coin and relic hunters.

    Here in the Silver Valley (Wallace ID) there is a lot of heavy mineralized soil, lead, and all the hot rocks you can think of. The gold fields also have these metals and minerals and the Gold Bug 2 works well. However, you need to be aware that the ground balance on the Gold Bug 2 can be a little tricky. There have been times I have spent more time re-balancing than sweeping and that can be a little frustrating. Also, be prepared to spend a lot of time practicing so you can tell the difference in your tones. The Gold Bug 2 has allowed me to now have one of the largest lead shot, foil, bullet case and soda pop top collections in the world. You need to really be serious with your practice time if you want to enjoy your prospecting.

    One great thing is that it is light weight. I use the small 6.5 coil because I prospect in river areas, and there was a lot of bucket dredging done in the 1920’s. The smaller coil fits in the cracks and holes easier. I may have lost some depth with the smaller coil but I have been very pleased with what I have found. I have found small flake (pin head size) and nuggets (1.4 ounces). All have been within 1-4 inches deep but I really don’t want to dig a foot down through river gravel and rock to find a pin head flake (I am lazy that way).

    Once again, make the time to practice with the Gold Bug 2!! You will be glad you did!
    • ★★★★★ Review by William K.

    Review by William K on April 11, 2008

    Like my metal detector, I am a Gold Bug. I use the detector regularly to check my tailings from dredging and high banking. Since I have access to mine tailings, I also use the detector to search for hot spots in the tailings. This is where I dig with my skid steer and haul the tailings home for processing. The Gold Bug 2 fits my needs very well and I would recommend this detector to anyone looking to upgrade or become a first time buyer. One very important aspect to detecting is the legalities. Restrictions are becoming more and more prevalent in today's society and I hope that we can band together to save those properties now open and gain access to many that are closed. Responsible detecting is more and more important and everyone using a detector needs to be educated on the etiquette of filling holes and gaining landowner permission and permits when necessary.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Eduardo L.

    Review by Eduardo L on April 9, 2008

    I like any kind of objects (better odds) like jewelry, coins etc. I found the Fisher Gold Bug 2 easy to use. But it is some times hard to tune. I found a lot of things but never something of big value, I found a big pan, a mattress (with a lot of springs) and one time a meteorite (the half aprox. 4 or 5 cm.). I recommend this metal detector specifically for big jars or cages with some relic, coins, or jewelry.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Bob R.

    Review by Bob R on April 8, 2008

    As the second detector I bought and still use, it is compared to my original detector which I still have and use occasionally. That is the one way to tell you of the advantages the Fisher Gold Bug 2. It is very sturdy. It gets long life on the batteries which are 9v batteries. It is well balanced if you adjust it to fit your body and adjusts easily for every member that chooses to use it. It has very good detection qualities as well as being a very high quality product.

    It is easy to ground balance even without a high school degree. It is has a very good audio system with our without earphones. I am hard of hearing and I needed something I could hear even in the wind. I use ear phones all of the time. It finds gold. I have found pin head pieces at over 3 inches. I have found large nuggets as deep as 7 inches with the ground balance set perfectly. You can find quality in this detector because it is real solid 2 piece construction with a real solid electronic casing that has been kicked, dropped and even gotten damp in a heavy rain.

    As knowledge increases using this detector you will learn that the circuitry will block out lead, etc. that could hide gold. Its cost is low for a really entry level gold detector. I sure like it better than my other two detectors for gold. Learning to use the all metal reject you can also use it to find coins and other treasures. By learning the sounds of items you will add to collections of horse shoes, picks, shovels and other prospecting equipment. It creates fun and excitement in real gold country. I think that if you can find one you will be very happy with it for your gold detecting and some other treasures.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Jack B.

    Review by Jack B on March 20, 2008

    I've only been hunting a few times but what I really love to hunt for are nuggets! The Fisher Gold Bug is really good for that. However, when I want to look for coins and relics, the Gold Bug isn't that great, too much trash.

    I know I'm a novice hunter, but I would think there has got to be better machines that will do it all. I'm not so great at setting the discrimination, to suit the type of soil I'm searching in. I have found a few small nuggets reasonably close to the surface. I have found several pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters but thousands of pieces of trash, it gets exasperating some times. I also have a Tesoro. It seems to be a little better, but again with lots of trash. My plans are to do lots of traveling in a few years, my wife and I plan to semi-retire, do contract work in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and maybe a few places she wants to visit too. My new hobby is treasure hunting, I've got a feeling my wife will love it too.

    I think I would recommend the Gold Bug to experienced metal detectorists, but probably not to someone as new as myself. You never know before you buy, do you? I'm going to keep my Gold Bug for nugget hunting in AZ, and CA because I'm sure I'll get better using it, and fine tuning the controls. I wouldn't mind trying a White's from what I've read, it might have been the one for me to start off with. I'm a member of the GPAA and every thing I buy will eventually get a good workout.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Michael W.

    Review by Michael W on March 19, 2008

    The Gold Bug 2 is an easy to assemble, light weight unit that uses two drop in 9 volt batteries. It comes with a 10" elliptical coil and there are 14" and a 6" interchangeable coils that can be purchased separately. The 14" coil searches deeper, but doesn't pick smallest gold as well as the other coils. The 6" picks up very small pieces of gold, but does not go over 4 or 5 inches deep. It is good to use where bedrock is shallow. One of the benefits of the elliptical coil is that you can use the heal or toe to pinpoint as this is the most sensitive part of the coil. There is a carrying case that is available to protect the detector.

    One of the main problems in most gold bearing areas are "hot rocks" or high mineralization. The Gold Bug 2 has a switch to put it in "high mineralization" setting. Remember to check your ground balance when you switch from normal to high or low. There is a small adjustment you must make. If " hot rocks" are present in the area and are causing problems, try setting your ground balance over the "hot rock", this will eliminate the signal.

    This detector also has an iron discrimination switch you can turn on when hunting in real trashy areas. Headphones should always be used because they allow you to hear even faint signals that would be lost in the wind or outside noise. There is an audio boost mode, that will amplify the faint targets sounds without amplifying the loud constant sounds.

    The Gold Bug 2 operates at a frequency of 71 khz. This high operating frequency makes it very sensitive to small gold nuggets and it also means that most other detectors will not cause interference with it. This is a good medium level priced detector for finding gold nuggets. It would work alright hunting on a beach, but is not a good machine for coin hunting. I have had my Gold Bug 2 for seven or eight years. It is an enjoyable gold nugget detector to use without spending three or four thousand of dollars for a pricey detector.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Sammy H.

    Review by Sammy H on March 17, 2008

    Easy for me to learn, love the product and the light weight. I used a friends and I wanted to keep it. Learned to use it fairly quick. I'm a beginner and I think this unit made the transition very easy for me. This will be the only detector I will like to use for a number of years.
Questions and Answers
  • Posted On: 9/13/2021 By: Steve S

    Q: Which version is this?? The pictures show both the new version with the window and the old version.

    A: It is the new version with digital display, thank you. I am having our web person remove the old photo.
  • Posted On: 8/23/2020 By: George

    Q: how are you, Is this picture i see is a real for this gold bug II? with regards george mihale


    The picture is a real picture of the Gold Bug II. This is a great gold detector too! 

  • Posted On: 7/13/2020 By: Jri Burmeister

    Q: I am right now in Vernon,BC. How quickly(how many days) would get one of these with this price 600-700CAD? What are your actual offers right now? Is it also waterproof, if I search gold nuggets from the creek or river? Could I come and pay also in cash? Thank you very much for your respond!


    Due to manufacturer restrictions, we are unable to ship the Fisher Gold Bug outside the US. The detector is a great machine but is not fully waterproof. You can put the coil in the streams or creeks but cannot get the control box wet. 

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