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My tele is TOO HEAVY LIMITED EDITION!

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by C-Jah, Feb 2, 2021.

  1. mdphillips1956

    mdphillips1956 TDPRI Member

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    Well I have little experience of ash telecasters, but more of cutting up ash trees and other trees too... to me ash is a heavy dense wood like beech and hornbeam, I would say it is slightly heavier per cubic foot than oak which is thought of as pretty hard stuff.
    So I cannot imagine ash ever being called Light ash... unless maybe there are some special varieties of lighter ash, or perhaps a coniferous timber with a similar grain that is called light ash?
    There is a lot of timber in a telecaster body and if it was me I would make it out of baswood or cedar or another nice coniferous wood.
    Mark D Phillips.......
     
  2. Peegoo

    Peegoo Poster Extraordinaire

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    Great. Just great. More stuff to make guitar players obsess about ;)
     
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  3. Super Dooper

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    He ain't heavy, he's my brother...
     
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  4. gkmacdonald

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    You have more nerve than I do taking you neck off for maintenance. Might I ask what maintenance you were doing that required such and aggressive procedure?
     
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  5. Tele130

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    Just thinking here. Maybe send an email to Fender with all the pictures you took. You may find out that you have a pretty rare axe there
     
  6. Southpaw Tele

    Southpaw Tele Friend of Leo's

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    Same here with my Player Tele. Well, 7 lbs 13 oz, but not too heavy for me. My CV I sold off was a boat anchor.
     
  7. kristen

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    You are getting older and not as strong as you used to be.
    Exercise with weights and build up your strength.
    Then the guitar will seem lighter.
    If you still can't handle it, play the ukulele.

    Your welcome
     
  8. dreamsinger

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    It could have been worse. When I built my Tele the Swamp Ash body *alone* weighed 8lbs 4oz. We wound up taking 1/4" off the back with a thickness sander and routed a bunch of chambers. We covered it with an unusually figured piece of ash that we bookmatched then put in a tummy cut and forearm bevel. Got the body down to 4lbs 8oz.
     
  9. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I found a sticker in mine once that said "for suckers".



    Nice story.
     
  10. andy81563

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    Hey, I think the little hand-written notes are neat. Nice-looking Tele. I am planning building one sometime soon.

    Andy
     
  11. turfdoc

    turfdoc Tele-Meister

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    I had a '78 tele, exactly per spec except the color was the milky white olympic, a bit heavy, played it both here and overseas gigs....and it was a monster. The extra bit of weight may have given it a boost in the sustain department, cause it had that in spades. After many years, gave it to my best friend. Still 'in the family' so to speak. Hope you like yours as much as I did mine.
     
  12. Mr powers

    Mr powers Tele-Meister

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    Good story and a sweet looking ax.

    Cheers
     
  13. BlueTele

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    My bottom line is: if it feels and sounds the way you want it to, then the guitar meets your needs and is a keeper. My Teles made by another, small builder (Whitfill) are all “at or under” 7 pounds. His semi-hollow Slimline is in the low 6 pound range. They are stellar in tone, feel, and weight. They are also all expertly aged/relic’d. The resonance and sustain achieved from a light body is unsurpassed (IMHO). Again, if it feels great and sounds great, it’s a keeper...you’ve found your nirvana Tele. Good story...you never know what you’ve find when you “look under the hood!”
     
  14. Hibernian

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    Er, am I the only person here staring at Rolson2307's pics above??
     
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    I recently took a belt sander and a drum sander to my tele; now it is lighter and easier to play. But it is still pretty lourde.
     
  16. DanDII

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    My Triple Tele was over 9.7 pounds.

    My '75 Deluxe was well over 11 pounds and my '77 Ash Strat was well over 11 pounds.

    Northern Ash tends towards heavy whereas Swamp Ash tends to be lighter.

    OPs guitar would've been considered featherweight in the mid 70s when most of Fenders' Ash was the northern variety.
     
  17. SAguitar

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    Heck, if I were you I would name her Rosie and play a lot of AC/DC!
     
  18. mmannaxx

    mmannaxx Tele-Meister

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    In the future anything under 8 lbs may be considered light since light weight swamp ash is becoming more scarce. Fender is no longer using ash for most production guitars. You have to buy a $2,000 regular production guitar or a custom shop guitar costing at least $3,500 to get an ash bodied Tele. And it won’t be as light as ones from previous years generally.
     
  19. MrGibbly

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    I think this is really cool! It’s the kind of thing you’d expect to find in a very old Tele but it shows that “real humans” still make these, make the decisions, and bring the guitars to us. Wish my tele had a handwritten note from the builder in it! :)
     
  20. billy logan

    billy logan Tele-Meister

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    My brand-new flattop had several crumpled-up newspaper pages inside. In Chinese. it was a bit heavy for the type.
     
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