Any Telecasters weighing max 6.6 lbs / 3 kg with humbuckers?

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  1. HansHR

    HansHR TDPRI Member

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    Hi

    Due to a shoulder injury, I'm really hoping I can find a Telecaster that weighs max 6.6 lbs or 3kg, and also has humbuckers and a string spacing at the saddles of about 2-1/4" or 2-1/5" or 56.5mm.

    Is it possible to find one with these specs?

    (the light models I know of are the American Elite Thinline but it has single coils, and the Squier 72 thinline but its string spacing is too narrow. The Fender 72 thinline has humbuckers and great string spacing but it's too heavy).

    Thanks!
    Hans
     
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    I’m sure anything is possible, but with such specific prerequisites you’ve narrowed your field down considerably. And you realize that Fender doesn’t categorize or factor in weight at all when producing guitars, right? Each piece of wood is unique, and weights will fluctuate because of it. The best you’ll get is anecdotal information (one owner has a standard that weighs 6lbs, but the next guy has the same and it weighs 8lbs) and common sense answers- ie thinlines are generally lighter than solid bodies...

    At this point, I’d say your options are to hope you luck upon a guitar that meets your specs, or build/have one built. Get a Pauwlonia body, I hear they are pretty light. Or a chambered body.
     
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    You will need to have a custom guitar made if you want all of those things. 3kg is unusually light for a guitar - that's about the weight of my hollowbody.
     
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    my MIM '69 RI weighs in at 6 even. No reason a '72 should weigh more if you find a light one -- but there's a lot of variation from instrument to instrument. Could be a tough search.
     
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    Thanks Danzego: Unfortunately, it's got single coil pickups...

    KC: Yeah, I will try to ask about the '72s I can find for sale.
     
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    G&L ASAT deluxe is v light, but I'm not sure it's 3kg light.
     
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    Build one. My thinline that I'm putting together is going to be right around 6 pounds when finished.
     
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    Route out the cavities to fit humbuckers?
     
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    Check out Warmoth avaibility ?
     
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    ejphotos - building one sounds intriguing, but I've got no experience doing so, so maybe it's a bit too complicated?
     
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    Did you ever play with TinkerToys as a kid?.....same kinda thing.
     
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    You can always purchase the parts separately based on weight, then if you aren't comfortable putting it all together you can have your luthier do it.
     
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    He, ok - that doesn't seem too intimidating. How would one go about something like that?
     
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    Oh, sorry! I read your post right when I woke up and missed the humbucker part. Oops! :)
     
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