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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by MeMota, Aug 9, 2009.
Any more thoughts please?
Gladys is butt-heavy, just like her owner. I find this makes her very easy to play, since my frettn' hand doesn't need to support any weight.
My Esquire weighs 6 lb. 10 oz. The neck sits is at the perfect angle for me, not too high and not too horizontal. I think it's because a have a lightweight pine body and a skinny neck.
And yes, Strats are more balanced because of the longer horn. A Tele's top strap button is almost at the 16th fret while a Strat's is at the 12th.
It is the type strap and not the guitar, especially the poly or nylon ones.
Mine is a Legend copy and I just weighed it, it came to 3.9kg's = 8.59lb's. I have a nylon strap on it and it does seem head heavy. I've no idea if the body is solid wood or not. I also cannot sit with it on my right thigh as the head dips and I just cannot get my wrist into a comfortable position without over bending it and causing pain.
The idea of the upper horn of a strat was taken from the upper horn of the precision bass...which was specifically designed to stop this very thing happening.
I hate a neck heavy guitar. You can get a 'frictiony' strap to stop it sliding, but there is still a slight pull forward on your shoulder...which I find makes me feel tired after a long gig, much as if the guitar was heavy.
But if it isn't too much of an imbalance you can help it by extending the strap button a bit (I used a stainless steel nut on one guitar and it was enough...just needed a longer screw) or you can put some weight in the control cavity if there's room. I screwed in a few ounces of lead strip in the control cavity of another guitar once as well...but I don't know if there's enough room in a tele control route offhand.
Balance on the strap is one of the first things I check now when I'm guitar shopping.
I'm having the same issue with my Tele.... very neck heavy... quite annoying. Thanks for posting this question as most of the replies have been helpful. Looks like the extender is the best option... will give it a try. I agree with you, don't want to drill an new hole!
My Mexican tele is a boat anchor. Over 9 lbs easily. The good thing is it stays where I put it when I play on the couch. My next Fender will be closer to 7lbs, probably a Strat though.
It gets hard to squeeze them in between the 4lb Martins on the wall.
i haven't experienced the balance neck dive issue on any of my guitars, even the lighter ones.
i always get the vintage type truss rod, i wonder if the double expanding ones possibly contribute to the dive
Don't get an extender. Those change the fulcrum and weaken the contact of the button to the body. It will tear out over time.
Martin makes a thin leather strap. Matches the "fit" comfort of a nylon strap with the "stay put" of a leather strap. I'd start there.
Also, no offense, it sounds like you are new at this. Give yourself time to play and get used to it without thinking about it or hyper-analyzing a zillion internet comments. Probably you won't notice an issue in 2 weeks.
A 7lb Tele rarely has true balance issues.