I am sure this has been covered before, but my searches always end in vain. I have a nicely shaped, painted and gently aged alder strat body that weighs 4 pounds 4 ounces. The problem was by the time it was built up it was heavier than my Jazzmaster which is about 8 pounds even. I have metal rods in my back which makes standing without a guitar on difficult and any guitar over around 7.5 pounds causes problems later in the day/week. If I were to drill then route the area between the control cavity and the lower horn, hidden by the pickguard, will this cause problems? Will taking that amount of wood out drop the weight enough? (I think I need to drop at least half a pound to get it close to useable.) Any downsides I am not thinking of? I originally had a rather heavy neck on it as well and I may just slap a Mity Mite or Allparts neck on it to drop some weight. I am considering blocking off the trem and have this be an alternate tuning and slide guitar and I think any trem other than Callaham will be a bit lighter at least. Thanks!