Lightweight tele advice please

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    New to teles. Ive had two before that were too heavy, so it scared me off teles. Except I love the classic tele single coil neck sound. So im in the market for a lighter, under 7pounds, and under $1000(ideally)
    Basswood or paulownia ok, but no Bullets, not even sure if I would go squier. im a pretty advanced guitarist, So I don’t want a beginners guitar. Advice please?
     
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    Thinline.
     
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    Same wood in all thinlines? I wonder. Since im buying online. Also, any suggestions on which neck pickup to either look for or drop in?
     
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    I took a favorite tele and did a paulowania body swap. Came out to be 6.5 lbs. and a wonderful player.
     
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    Somewhere around 10 years ago Fender issued a modal called the Light Ash Telecaster. Many were quite light in weight.
     
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    My last build, and current #1, has a Paulownia body bought unfinished from Guitar Fetish. I finished in Tru Oil, and I LIKE the look. Total guitar weight is just over five pounds. As far as pickups, I recommend Bootstrap Pickups. Their Pretzel Pups set are my choice on both my Telecasters. mar25 132.JPG
     
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    My classic vibe is 6.5lbs, it’s an older one though, I’ve heard newer ones can be heavier.
    I would have thought an advanced guitarist would have bought whatever guitar fits their criteria?
     
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    "Drop in?" You stated earlier that you like the classic tele neck pup sound. You'll get that on anything you buy. Forgive me, but you really should consider trying before you buy.
     
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    Under 7lbs isn't light weight. It's feather light!
    You want advice? Open yourself up to 7-8lbs.
     
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    No , they were not
    They were called the Lite Ash Tele or Strat
    Made in Korea at first , the same factory that made Mighty Mite parts. Cheap switch and pots " Duncan Designed " pickups ( Yuck -IMO) Maple Cap neck. Mine had the worst fretjob I have ever seen on any remotely modern guitar.
    They wary as much in weight as any guitar , and I really think they should have been Squiers from the start , but someone changed their mind.
    They were built again a few years ago , this time in Indonesia.
     
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    I have an American Vintage 58 which is 7.054 pounds ( 3.2 kg ), look for ash bodies, it's not uncommon to have this weight.

    Not sure if you can get it under 1000$ tough

    here she is

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    Thread starter : Please just try any Tele you can get your hands on . There have never been any standard weight , therefore heavy and lightweight doesnt exist ,- really .
    Most known species of wood used in guitars wary a lot in weight. There were some years where heavier guitars were more common , but even then , some lightweight ones were also in shops at the time.
    Try them out , or look online at the dealers that list the weight
     
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    I'm surprised no one's mentioned the Brad Paisley model. Used, they're usually under $1000, and supposedly very lightweight. ;)
     
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    Thinline or Paulownia... a Tele under 7, heck 7.5 is pretty darn rare.. and you will be finding a premium charged of any of them that are sub 7 pounds give or take... and I mean real weights, not some dolt sayin' Oh Yeah I got one that's 6.3 pounds...

    I forget how many Teles are illustrated in Nacho's book, but years ago I went through them all listing the weights.. there are a few... a little more than 6 pounds, and a few above 8.5.. but ALL the others fall between 7 and 8.5 pounds... that should tell ya something.. and Nacho was using a calibrated scale when he weighed 'em so no fugdging...

    I'd say if ya cannot hold up a 8.5 pound guitar through a set or two, maybe ya need to check out a Harmonica... :p

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    Good joke, lousy drummer. Thanks for the comment, very helpful. Too many years holding lp’s. Plus i’m 69 years young
     
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    good joke, lousy drummer. Thanks for the comment, very helpful. Too many years holding lp’s. Plus i’m 69 years young
     
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    I’ll check it out. Thanks
     
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    Thanks. Ash body, will look fir one
     
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