I don't have any 8 pound Teles left ! Some will think this is a bit nerdy, and that's OK, LOL I bought two Squire CVs in 2008 , great guitars , but one of them weighed 9.2 pounds, the other a more reasonable 8.06. The heavier one lived most of its life until now at my bassplayers house. Took it home at the beginning of the year , and tried to drill out as much weight as possible from the pine body. I removed more than 500grams from it , but still didn't like the weight. Body alone weighed 6.6 pounds from the start, so I had doubts from the beginning. Ended up using a nice CAR body, it's now a nice 7.3 pounder. At the same time, I started looking into getting lighter hardware, and make my own parts from aluminium. The other CV was now my heaviest Tele, at 3660 grams, or 8.06 pounds. I have gigged with it, and played it a lot since new, but it was noticeably heavier now. Not a big problem as such, but quite a fun little project. I have removed about a pound from a Les Paul also, very rewarding, and a bit different than the normal mods we ( I) can't help doing from time to time, LOL A Squier neck plate weighs 49 grams. Most others are over 50g , and much more if you use a thicker plate I have never had problems with plates digging in to the wood, so I started out making a few plates in 2 mm alu. These came out weighing 18g , hmm... Did a few others with a base of 1.5 mm , and a top plate of 0.7 mm. The base is only a perimeter thing, and the top plate cover it all. These were then epoxied together. Result 14 gr. Control plate on a Squire is a bit thinner than most Fender plates, weighs 43 gr. Different Fender plates can weigh up around 60 gr. Aftermarket, thicker plates are around at a whopping 80 gr. Made several in Alu , ended up deciding on a 1 mm plate, weight is 12 gr. Knobs : Squire metal knobs weigh 51 gr/ pair , many current Fender dome knobs are at 68 gr/pair Aluminium knobs cost an arm or a leg, and aren't easy to buy at places where I can get other parts from Ended up using plastic dome knobs, 5gr a pair, expected something cheap looking to show up..... They look absolutely fabulous, you just can't tell.... . I was shocked that the pickguard weighed a whopping 80 gr! Original style Bakelite 50's guards weigh around 50gr , and I had a h*** of a time finding something like that. Turned out that Allparts have a 1.5mm 5 hole guard, and I took the chance. It weighs 51 gr. so a bit of luck there. Results : knobs saved 46 grs Control plate saved 31 grs Neck plate saved 35 grs Guitar started at 8.06 pounds Now 7.76 pounds If you have even heavier knobs, neck plate or control plate a lot more can be removed just changing these few parts. If you have heavy tuners, a lot of weight can be removed by going to vintage style tuners. This guitar already use these, so the only thing that would help here is a set of Gotoh Stealth tuners. These weigh 72gr for six, normal weight for sealed modern tuners are around 200 grs. Heavier locking tuners are up to almost 300grs! A set of vintage tuners are around 155/160grs. The Gotoh Stealth tuners are rather expensive, and not many places stock them, but maybe I will try a set. This didn't cost a lot, but I have done a lot of shop time with files and cutters, it's been fun so far , I really didn't think I could remove this much without doing some routing under the pickguard!