Get a Les Paul. You might like it. Yo udon't have to buy a heavy one. They can be had in the 8-9 lb range. I have held Strats and Teles from the late '70's with heavy Northern ASh bodies that were heavier than most of the L.P.'s that I have held.
As with all guitars, each one is an individual. I have read and heard from firsthand reports that the Green Les Paul has some unique tonal traits....very midrangey. This is acoustic tone...unplugged. Regardless of how a pickup is wired or how magnets are arranged, the acoustic tone of a guitar has a major effect on what the pickups read. And..yes...the hands are a big part of the equation.
As always, the search gones on, right? Yo might have to buy the wife a present commensurate with the value of the LEs Paul????