Minelab Gold Monster 1000 Review

The Minelab Gold Monster 1000 is an entry-level gold prospecting detector. When searching for gold in deep and compromised terrain, its moderate frequency and high-speed digital signal processing give it an advantage over traditional metal detectors.


The Minelab Gold Monster 1000 is completely customizable, but also fully automated, so no additional time is required for sensitivity adjustment. This is a true turn-on-and-go detector.
There are two coils included that are used in various terrains. Both of these coils operate at a 45 kHz frequency, and this combination of frequency and coil type have already demonstrated their ability to compete with high-frequency metal detectors such as the Gold Bug 2.
Traveling should not be a problem since the metal detector can be disassembled in only a few simple steps, and the pole length can be modified for comfort. This metal detector has become extremely popular for use in Africa and the Middle East’s less-explored areas, but it will also be at home in the United States.

Fully Automatic Operation

This metal detector’s ease of use out of the box makes it ideal for beginners looking to dip their toes in for the first time.

To use the Gold Monster 1000, simply turn it on, pick a mode, and begin searching.

There is no need to lose time attempting to decipher a plethora of complicated settings. Additionally, the automatic settings increase efficiency, allowing for more than adequate overall performance across a variety of terrains.

Automatic sensitivity means that the metal detector automatically detects a wide variety of targets of varying sizes.

This metal detector’s automated tracking device is a standout feature. The majority of manually calibrated high-frequency metal detectors struggle with hot rocks and heavily mineralized surfaces, necessitating constant fiddling with settings.

The Gold Monster maintains optimal efficiency under all situations by automatically ground balancing.

Single Frequency

Although the 45KHz frequency of the Gold Monster isn’t the highest ever, it’s still enough to qualify as a high frequency metal detector.
Normally, this would imply that it would work best on small shallow targets while possibly missing larger nuggets deeper in the ground.
45khz VLF digital signal processor chip
On the contrary, the Gold Monster 1000 incorporates the best characteristics of both higher and lower frequencies, resulting in a system that performs admirably in either case.
Minelab accomplished this by coupling a 45KHz ultra-wide dynamic range with a 24-bit signal processor. This combination results in the Gold Monster 1000 being more sensitive to gold than many competing single frequency VLF detectors across a wide range of target sizes, without the drawbacks of excessive noise and false signals. You can learn more about Minelab’s best metal detectors by reading our post.
Additionally, the Gold Monster is capable of discriminating between non-ferrous and ferrous materials with greater accuracy and precision. It is more resistant to conductive soils than the majority of higher frequency detectors.

Why use a VLF detector for gold?

VLF metal detector technology was initially created to enable prospectors to look for gold in highly mineralized areas. The typical coin detector, on the other hand, will not do very well in gold fields.
These difficult soils found in goldfields need a sophisticated metal detector and the Gold Monster 1000 delivers. It strikes a good balance between discovering smaller gold nuggets and maintaining a consistent treasure hunting experience in mineralized areas.
One of the key issues with gold prospecting in such areas is sensitivity, and despite the fact that this is automatically calibrated, problems do still occur. Prospectors should manually change the sensitivity on the Minelab Gold Monster 1000 to get the best results possible while prospecting.

User-friendly Controls

The control panel on this metal detector is easy to use and serves as a hub for fine-tuning the system for improved performance.

Despite the fact that the majority of the important settings are automated, you still have access to a number of manual options.

For example, depending on your needs, ability level, and preferences, you can choose from manual sensitivity, auto sensitivity, and auto+.

You can also quickly switch between detection modes and loop through the six volume levels. To assist you in your search for gold, the Gold Chance Indicator offers both visual and audio guidance.

Search Depth

Minelab Gold Monster 1000 search depth graph
The maximum search depth of any metal detector is influenced by a variety of factors, including the ground conditions, settings, and coil size.

The Gold Monster’s All-Metal mode is capable of locating a sub-gram piece of gold 4 inches deep in iron-rich soil.

This means that it can just as easily locate gold nuggets weighing five grams at a depth of ten inches by using the larger coil.

This metal detector, on the other hand, hits its limit about 10 inches and is unlikely to detect a 3-gram gold nugget at a range of 1 foot.

The smaller coil would more likely be able to detect smaller gold but it will have a shallower depth.

Lightweight and Compact

This is a modular metal detector that is extremely lightweight, compact, and simple to carry, weighing less than 3 pounds in total. It easily disassembles into a backpack and is powered by a rechargeable battery.

The Minelab Gold Monster 1000 is one of the easiest to transport metal detectors I have ever seen.

Not a General-Purpose Detector

The Gold Monster is difficult to use if you want a detector that can locate anything, including gold, jewelry, relics, coins, and other treasure, without having to dig up every single hit. It’s built to be a gold detector with technology that allows it to zero in on gold.

As a result, it is devoid of a Target ID scale, which would normally allow fast identification of other metals. Since it allows you to easily decide if a target is gold or not, the discrimination indicator can only include a scale reading of ferrous or non-ferrous goals. If you’re the kind to dig every time you hear a signal, you’ll end up with all kinds of goods and junk in the process.

Gold Monster 1000 vs Fisher Gold Bug 2

The Fisher Gold Bug 2 has been around for 25 years and continues to be the most prominent gold metal detector.
This detector works at a staggering 71 kHz, significantly higher than the majority of gold detectors and significantly higher than the 45 kHz frequency of the Gold Monster 1000.
The Gold Bug 2 is highly sensitive to tiny gold because of its higher frequency.  In challenging ground conditions, the Gold Bug 2 performs admirably and can quickly screen out ferrous targets.

Although Fisher’s Gold Bug 2 has always performed admirably, Minelab’s Gold Monster 1000 simply has more advanced electronics that give it an advantage when prospecting for gold in difficult soil conditions.


The Minelab Gold Monster 1000 has a lot going for it and we’d even argue that it’s not just an entry-level gold detector at all. Calling it entry-level would be a gross underestimation of how well this system detects nuggets of various sizes in a variety of depths, soil conditions, and locations.

It’s quick and straightforward to use, and although it lacks a few more advanced features found in the more costly devices used by more experienced detectorists, it has earned a lot of respect due to its solid design and consistence performance.

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