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.