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5 lb 13 oz Telecaster

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by hdvades, Nov 22, 2017.

  1. hdvades

    hdvades Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    Mar 6, 2016
    Hudson Valley, NY
    I am not affiliated with Sweetwater at all. Someone here posted a NGD Fender Limited Edition American Vintage '52 Telecaster - Roasted Ash Natural guitar the other day that really caught my eye. I checked and none were available. Was surfing amps and I checked these out again. They have one listed that is supposed to weigh 5 lbs 13 that even possible? I've never heard of a Tele that weighed less than 6 lbs.
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  2. KC

    KC Friend of Leo's

    Mar 16, 2003
    Missoula, Montana
    my thinline weighs right around 6 even, and it's a light one.
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  3. hemingway

    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 14, 2012
    London, UK
    Does it not have a neck or something?
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  4. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    What's the reverse of the butcher's thumb?
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  5. dkmw

    dkmw Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2016
    Florida USA
    An ash body under three pounds is rare, but not impossible.

    Generally speaking, to get a Tele under 6 pounds means using body under three.
  6. Memphisbound

    Memphisbound Tele-Meister

    Sep 2, 2009
    My old growth redwood Tele is well under 6 lbs.
  7. Crobbins

    Crobbins Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Meiners Oaks CA.
  8. tce63

    tce63 Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

    Jan 18, 2013
  9. PixMix

    PixMix Tele-Holic

    Aug 30, 2008
    I'd look for the secret compartment hidden somewhere under the bridge plate or neck pocket. Seriously though, this is the lightest tele I have heard of. Could it be a typo?
  10. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 2, 2010
    I didn't find the weight on the linked listing, but I suspect it was a typo.
    Call them!
    6lbs 13oz sounds right, but it could be an unusually light piece of ash.
    I have not heard of a solid ash Tele body under 3 1/2lbs, which is very light for a hard wood.
    Really nice looking Tele!
  11. joebloggs13

    joebloggs13 Tele-Meister

    Jun 14, 2017
    The backyard
    Wow that's light for a Tele!
  12. LowThudd

    LowThudd Friend of Leo's

    Feb 11, 2014
    Sherman Oaks, Ca
    The Weight is listed right under the Serial number in the upper left corner.
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  13. matt117

    matt117 Tele-Holic

    May 12, 2014
    What is a normal tele weight?
    Not sure if my bathroom scale is accurate or not. But it said mine was 8.4lbs.
    It is my heaviest guitar.
  14. MahoganyStratDZ

    MahoganyStratDZ Tele-Meister

    Mar 5, 2012
    5-13 Sounds light, my Tele-2006 LE 60th Anniversary is just over 6-1/2 as is my 13 Strat. Anything between 6-1/2 and 7-1/2 works really well for me with weight, feel and balance.

    They can go over 9 I had a 73 for some time that was over 10.

    I do think 5-13 is possible though. Ive seen a CS Tele a few years back in metal flake silver very very light and perhaps at that 6 mark.
  15. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 15, 2017
    Harvest, Alabama
    Apparently 'balsa' is a tone-wood now.
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  16. Chatnoir

    Chatnoir Tele-Holic

    Sep 5, 2016
    Peabody, MA
    I got an American Special body, loaded, on Ebay. Stratophere was selling one at 7 lbs, seriously, 7 lbs loaded. I passed, and found another seller that had a body for 5 lbs. With the Musikraft, it's now possibly my favorite guitar and very happy....I have no desire to be dealing with heavy guitars...

  17. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 2, 2010
    Based on 3lbs being what all the other parts generally weigh, the body would have to weigh 2lbs 13oz.
    There are woods used for bodies that easily weigh that little, like paulownia and some varieties of pine, but swamp ash is just not that light AFAIK.
    But stranger things have happened, call them!!!

    I just looked through the warmoth in stock extra light roasted swamp ash bodies and they show 32 right now, with the lightest of them weighing 3lbs 4oz, which is the lightest I've seen, suggesting that Fender is correct in saying that roasting makes the wood lighter. Still almost a half pound heavier than the Fender in question though.

    Maybe Fender has switched the heavy knobs to aluminum, hollowed out the neck like Rev BFG, and, uh, sorry that's all I've got.
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  18. FenderLover

    FenderLover Friend of Leo's

    Jun 11, 2009
    My local shop had a CS Muddy Waters Tele that was under 6lbs. Other than that one I haven't come across one that light either (with a solid body). Willie's has a 1960 refin that is right at 6lb too.
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  19. The Blood

    The Blood Tele-Meister

    Dec 31, 2014
    Healdsburg, CA
    I would guess that is not solid and that there are hollow pockets in there.
  20. LowThudd

    LowThudd Friend of Leo's

    Feb 11, 2014
    Sherman Oaks, Ca
    Assuming roasting makes wood lighter, the neck is also roasted. How much lighter could that make it though?
    Doug 54 likes this.
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