How heavy would you go?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by GK34, Dec 9, 2019.

  1. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Poster Extraordinaire

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    My #1 Tele is exactly 8 lbs......and that is getting increasingly uncomfortable on gigs. My latest build, which has an almost identical neck and pickups, has a Paulownia body, and only weighs 5 lbs. I'm still tweaking the set up, and am going to change the neck p/up, but it will most likely become my gigging #1. Weight and neck size (fat) are the most important things for my playing comfort. Sound, of course, is the only thing MORE important.
     
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  2. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Figure 8lbs is average.

    White collar players subtract 1/2lb for every ten years of age over 50.
    Blue collar players subtract 1lb for every ten years of age over 50.
    I'm a 60yo blue collar player so 7lbs is my maximum comfortable Tele weight.

    Blue collar foreman add 1/2 lb.
    Motorcycle crashes subtract 1 1/2lb.
    White collar overweight subtract 1/2lb.
    Bit of a weight lifter add 1lb.
     
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  3. Si G X

    Si G X Tele-Meister

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    Both my alder bodies were around 4.4-4.5lbs 'naked' I've never weighed my finished guitar so I have no idea, but it feels pretty light and I've got used to it.

    what's the average weight of a neck, a set of modern sealed tuners, a bridge, and a single pickup?
     
  4. GK34

    GK34 Tele-Meister

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    Thanks for all the replies! Wow, I’m surprised so many folks go for under 7lbs. I have had a couple 7.3, and I could not get over the neck dive. My current Tele is just under 8, and feels just right. I seem to remember an 8 lb 4 oz Tele starting to feel heavy after a couple of hours, so I have shied away from anything over 8 lbs.

    So this one popped up at 8 lbs 10 oz, and I got to thinking, well maybe if it were a Les Paul. Then I thought, well then why not a Tele at that weight? I don’t know though. I am weird in the way that I only keep one guitar around, so I can’t just pick up a lighter Tele if this one starts to get uncomfortable.

    Decisions decisions.


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  5. OldDude2

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    I used to scoff at light guitars, but now at 60 I'm thinking as close to 7 as possible especially for a tele.
     
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  6. Bergy

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    IMO, it depends on how you plan on playing it...

    Standing up for a 4 hour bar band gig on a regular basis? Go lighter than 8 lbs would be my suggestion. To do so otherwise might entail unnecessary amounts of wear and tear.

    If you plan on playing it sitting down or for sets that are only 1-2 hours long...an extra pound or two won't be too noticeable.
     
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    GK34 Tele-Meister

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    I need to be able to play standing for 3-4 hours. Not every day by any means, but once a week or so.


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  8. Deeve

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    heck I thought you meant strings - for a swing set, I'd go as high as 13s, recognizing there might need to be some intonation and action re-set for optimal play.
    All of my solids are too heavy @ 9-13 lbs - ugh

    Peace - Deeve
     
  9. jonnyfez

    jonnyfez Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    All of my guitars are under 8 lbs. Over 8? No thanks.
     
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    I’ve got guitars ranging from around 6 3/4 to 9+, but my ideal these days is 7 1/2 and down. I use to prefer heavy. Not anymore.
     
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    i've never weighed any of my instruments.
     
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    +1 I agree. Don't use weight as the way to select a guitar. Use your ears and hands first.
     
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  13. Informal

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    I've played so many great Tele's in the 6.5 to 8 pound range.

    If it's much over 9, It would have to knock my socks off after the first note or two.
     
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    9.9 lbs I typically don't like heavy guitars but this one I'll make an exception.
     
  15. FenderGuy53

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    IME, today's average Fender Standard Tele or G&L ASAT runs in the 8 pound range. I'm a senior citizen, and for me, about 8.5 pounds would be my upper limit.
     
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    OK so this is very very inconsistent with Tele users general consensus on how light a Tele can be without neck dive problems.

    Are you certain you had two 7.3lb Teles and the both had really bad neck dive?
    Seriously, a 7lb Tele balances effortlessly on a strap, and even lighter balances fine until you get below maybe 6lbs, but plenty of us have no problem with even 5lb Teles though of course the balance is indeed getting into neck dive issues.

    I used to weigh guitars by standing on a bathroom scale holding them biut found this was pretty inaccurate even with a pretty deecent digital scale with tenths of a pound.
    My postal scale tells a different story, I go out of my way to get lighter bodies and none come out even as low as 6 1/2 lbs.
    I do have an unfinished thinline body that will net me a nice lightweight closer to 6lbs, but it's not finished.
     
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  17. That Cal Webway

    That Cal Webway Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Territory of 8.5 lbs
     
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    My ASAT is 4kg even and that's fine, but then I play sitting.
     
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    I'm prolly 250 now... wait.. what?
     
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    I still play my ‘74 Les Paul Custom in the band. It’s very heavy and it was my main guitar. I’d think twice about a heavy Tele. 8 pounds is probably the tops.
     
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