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Lightweight Tele with Humbucker at neck and SS frets... options?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by jjk1407, Apr 19, 2021.

  1. jjk1407

    jjk1407 NEW MEMBER!

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    Hi,

    I'm looking for a tele that is <= 6lbs (back issues), with SS frets, and has humbucker routing at neck. Budget is <3k USD.

    I had a Strandberg Salen before (I know it's not a "real" thing...), which is okay but the routing is pretty limited and the 24 frets threw me off. So I don't plan to go with the Salen Jazz route.

    What are other options? TA hollow Ts seem are usually >6 lbs. Or maybe I should get a thinline extra light ash body from Warmoth and build one myself?

    Thanks for the help!
     
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  2. J. Bonkosky

    J. Bonkosky Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Sounds like you need to build a partscaster. Or get someone to build it to your specs.
     
  3. dogmeat

    dogmeat Friend of Leo's

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    I've made a couple. there are others around here that have as well. heres a pic of one I finished a couple months ago. its about 5 pounds or so. as near as a bathroom scale can measure (with my wife standing on scales with and without the guitar). not stainless frets but thats no real difference.


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    link to a thread....

    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/telecaster-weight-loss-program.1060470/

    Peegoo did an interesting one where he sawed the body, separating the front from the back. he hollowed it out & when glued back together you can't hardly tell it was cut.
     
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  4. Festofish

    Festofish Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    How about an Alan Holdsworth model from Carvin/Kiesel? They are roughly Tele shaped and hollow(semi?) without f-holes. There were a couple options but I don’t know what they offer currently. They did have reg/headless models. I owned a DC127 for years and it was the best guitar I ever had. Was...:(
     
  5. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

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    a neck+tuners is @ 2lbs..... so you'd be looking for a 4 lb or less body....

    a mex tele body will take a neck hb, if you can find a light one?..;)

    my DF/WRC bodies usually come in around 4 1/2 Lbs.
     
  6. Peegoo

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    That is beautiful!


    Here's the build thread on the Tele with lightning holes. It came out at 5.8 lbs soaking wet. The neck has two SS fret sizes on it; fat ones for 1-9, and mediums for the rest:

    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/for-my-next-trick-sawing-the-lady-in-half-with-a-twist.993606/
     
  7. JeffBlue

    JeffBlue Tele-Afflicted

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    Do some research on Paulownia tone wood. Extremely light and highly resonant. I have built two guitars using cheap GFS Paulownia bodies and they sound fabulous.
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  8. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Thanks, ya'll for reminding me, that I have some Paulownia trees (awful looking) near where we walk, and I need to cut them down when most everyone has gone out of town.

    $ 3,000 is IMO a lot of money, and you only need half for the guitar. Maybe spend the rest of it on a sports doctor/orthopaedist who can determine what's amiss with your back/posture. I'm thinking about what a doctor friend of mine (who has passed) told me which is, if a 7-8 pound guitar is bothering you bad, spending long hours playing a 6 pound guitar is probably a bad decision. Apologies for my direct approach here.
     
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