Are we being compromised by the “Sweetwater” effect where every guitar sold these days has to hit the “light and resonant” ideal weight, which is of course lighter than its neighbours and ideally with a 7lb designation, even if adding a trem bar could bump it over 8! I’ve been thinking about this after taking the pickups, wiring, switch, control plate and jack out of a 2019 tele and replacing them with high quality aftermarket parts. I was surprised how lightweight the Fender parts were compared to the others, especially the pickups and control plate. It got me thinking that weight itself isn’t a very good measure. It also got me thinking how much pressure companies have been under to shave ounces everywhere and whether that might be influencing their decisions in ways we wouldn’t want. Thoughts?