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Help me find Lightweight Guitar

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Linkslover, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. MilwMark

    MilwMark Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Apr 29, 2013
    near Arnold's
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  2. twotone60

    twotone60 Tele-Meister

    Sep 14, 2011
    Charlottesville, va
    Unless you want to go with a Fender type guitar, I'm not sure you want or are going to be able to find a 7.25 radius. Your Sheraton almost certainly has a 12" radius.

    Here's a featherweight Guild with a 9.5 radius:

    Here's the model that I own (mine is iced tea burst), it's less than 6.5 lbs, 10" radius, and has Seymour Duncan pickups:

    I love my Bluesbird and I can vouch for that dealer.
  3. studio1087

    studio1087 Telefied Silver Supporter

    May 10, 2003
    Near Milwaukee
    I love jazz guitars and I think that they have unusual (good) warmth and quietness and overtones.

    There are some solid body guitar that combine a humbucker at the bridge and a single coil at the neck and if you play both pickups you get warmth and clarity and responsiveness that is kind of like a jazz guitar. You can certainly play jazz on one of these solid bodies.

    Super light?? I would consider one of the newer Fender Duo Sonics with a humbucker at the bridge and a single coil at the neck. I think that the clear quiet warm tones would really appeal to you. I have the dual P90 model. They are nice guitars and they are very light.

    I wanted to explain my suggestion so you wouldn't think I was nuts.

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  4. CK Dexter Haven

    CK Dexter Haven Friend of Leo's

    Jun 7, 2017
    There are some Gibson guitars that utilized a balsa type wood known as "Chromyte". The 135 used it for a center block, and some LP's (the Lite, and the Vixen spring to mind) used it for the core I have a Studio Lite LP that I like a lot. The Balsa takes a lot of flack but actually works well and is not used more often because of the expense. Since they are not
    " authentic" they can be had for little money, but are a life saver if you have shoulder, back or neck problems.
  5. Fearnot

    Fearnot Friend of Leo's

    Jan 17, 2010
    Decatur, GA
    The Epi Wilshire reissue I bought last year is very lightweight.
  6. Mincer

    Mincer Tele-Meister

    Dec 19, 2017
    Tampa Bay Area
    The Godin Montreal Premiere is right at about 6lbs, and comes with a 59 in the bridge, and a Jazz in the neck. I love mine, and it is a well made North American guitar.
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  7. Linkslover

    Linkslover Tele-Meister

    Mar 16, 2017
    I looked at a Casino. It weighs about 6 pounds. Very comfortable, but the timewas disappointing compared to the Sheraton.

    Thanks for the suggestion though.
  8. Linkslover

    Linkslover Tele-Meister

    Mar 16, 2017
    I'm using a Franklin 3 inch strap. Unfortunately, it's the righ weight. Padding doesn't help. I can only playit sitting down which doesn't work when i have to do vocals.
  9. 62 Jazzmaster

    62 Jazzmaster Friend of Leo's

    I'm very happy with my Epiphone Casino Coupe. I had a Sheraton, but it was pretty hefty.
    The Coupe is so much lighter and is a very comfortable couch guitar - nice & compact.
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  10. Dobronaut

    Dobronaut Tele-Meister

    Dec 11, 2016
    Leicestershire UK
    Due to back problems, I've tried all these. Ended up with a Fender 60th anniversary empress (Paulownia) tele. Very happy with it. And I'm going to own an ES Les paul one day. Casino's vary a great deal in terms of tone and playability. A good one sounds great. I saw a vid of Buddy Miller playing a Guild Aristocrat, so they must be good!

    Casino coupe
    Empress Tele
    thinline tele
    Guild aristocrat
    ES Les Paul

    I found Sweetwater a great help when hunting for my last guitar - they list the weight of each instrument.
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  11. schmee

    schmee Friend of Leo's

    Jun 2, 2003
    many of the similar 335 shape guitars that are full hollow arent that different sounding really. Feedback can be an issue if you play loud. Casino, ES 330 type, 339, Gretsches, Guild Starfires (some hollow, some not) & many Ibanez are available. 335 types are quite heavy guitars for sure. A Thinline Tele with HB's or etc might be to your likng too.
    The Guild Aristocrat or Bluesbirds in certain years are full hollow with no F holes so dont feedback. Probably the lightest guitars I ever had, maybe 5.5 lbs. late 60's etc. Some Gretsch Hollow have painted on F holes and are full hollow too...
    Watch out when buying, some small bodied hollows are neck heavy and a PITA.
  12. DHart

    DHart Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 12, 2012
    Scottsdale, AZ USA
    Oooo, mincer. That Godin is gor-geous! And 6 lbs is fantastic.
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  13. INFANT

    INFANT Tele-Holic

    Apr 12, 2011
    Stoney Creek, Ontario
    I have a Tele 72 Thinline RI that comes in at 6lbs 3oz and a 2014 Melody Maker that weighs 6lbs 10oz.
  14. Linkslover

    Linkslover Tele-Meister

    Mar 16, 2017
    That's out of my price range.

    I'm selling an Epi Sheraton for around $600. So, if i put in a few hundred extra i can go as high as $800 - $900.

    I have no objection to used if it's in mint condition.

    The Godin does look pretty though.
  15. Linkslover

    Linkslover Tele-Meister

    Mar 16, 2017
    Guild Aristocrat has single coils so i don't think it's a contender as I'm looking for something that's going to be a distinct change from my Strat with custom shop fat 50s. So, i thinking humbuckers.

    The bluesbird looks interesting, but I've never seen a guitar with a 10" fingerboard radius before. I'm intrigued by the Guilds because the other ones I've looked at have 9.5 inch radius fingerboard and i like a bit more curve.

    No idea what they sound like.
  16. schmee

    schmee Friend of Leo's

    Jun 2, 2003
    Many of the Guilds are HB's. Are you talking about 50's ones? the new ones offer P90's I guess in the Aristocrat. Guilds used to be 12" radius I thought? I like the 9.5-10 radius though myself. I didn't realize they have gone to 10 now... I wonder if any of the current hollow Aristocrat style have HB's ?
    Maybe check out the new Starfire ll and lll hollow with famous Guild small HB's. 9.5 radius too!
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2018
  17. Stratohacker

    Stratohacker Tele-Holic

    Apr 18, 2013
    Epiphone Johnny A model - look for it used. It seems like most are above 1k but I've seen some around the 900 range.

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  18. jsp737

    jsp737 Tele-Meister

    May 25, 2016
    Hood River, OR
    Epiphone ES Les Paul has everything you're looking for except the 7.5 radius.
    Just over 6.5 lbs, coil-tapping humbuckers. $619 new at GC.

    Last edited: Jun 14, 2018
  19. Linkslover

    Linkslover Tele-Meister

    Mar 16, 2017
    Thanks to Silver Supporter and Stratohacker for the suggestions.

    The Guild Starfire II is one I've been looking at seriously. Specs say about 6 lbs. and 9.5 radius on fingerboard.

    Saw used for around $650 w/o case.

    Hadn't thought about the others. Will look into them.

    Biggest problem I'm having is finding any I can try out. Seems like local inventory on hollow bodies is very limited.
  20. rdwhitti

    rdwhitti Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Feb 16, 2016
    I have an Eastman AR403CE hollow archtop that is extremely light and I love it but the radius I think is 12", the same as your Sheraton. If you like the Sheraton's radius why are you looking for something smaller? As noted most semi-hollows can be heavy (I had an ES339 and sold it for the Eastman partly because it felt so heavy).
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