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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by jsntg, Mar 18, 2009.
...is it possible?
that to me looks more like it would be 2.6 pounds?
I think I would snag my business in there....maybe even intentionally.
...perhaps if the body were made from carbon fiber composite painted to look like wood....
Mylar back. No electronics. Practice stick only. Getting closer?
2.5 pounds? Nope.
The neck is a pound, the tuners half a pound. Hardware and the center piece of the body + the edges...
If you started with a seven pound Tele, you'd probably get it down to 4 or 5 pounds.
And you'd be constantly picking the headstock up off the floor.
The only way to make a balanced guitar that is super light, is to use much stronger materials on the neck.
I'm building a similar 30" bass at the moment that's looking to be about 5 pounds, but it's got a pound of lead in the butt end to balance it up.
Got to agree with our mate Nick. A while back I weighed the following on a digital postal scale: Neck, neck plate and screws, bridge pickup, neck pickup, control plate with switch pots and knobs, pickguard, Kluson style tuners, strap pins, jack cup and jack, vintage bridge plate and saddles. The total weight was 2 lbs 11.6 oz
The guitar pictured in the original post would be subject to breakage unless it was made of maple or equally hard, heavy and strong wood. If made from 1 3/4 in. thick hard maple, I would venture a swag that that guitar would weigh 4 1/2 to 5 lbs.
....it would be outfitted with carbon fibre pickguard
How much it way in euros??
(I do better w American measurements)
Liken' the carbon p/g. Possibly an aluminum frame.
From the 2 lbs, 11.6 oz. subtract out the pups, pots, switchplace, knobs/control assembly, associated screws, jack, wiring and one strap button (strap will go to head). Cut the bridge plate in half an lop off the sides. Where are we at now?
By the time you get to about 6lbs. or below, the neck starts to point to the ground quicker than a compass pointing North.
How about a sealed hollow body and fill it with helium?
and to add I don't see there being a huge market for something like this.
A total carbon fiber Tele would be cool...
Hey Rainsong.....get to work!!
Neck heavy is what I think.
Maybe one of those chambered necks we've been reading about?
Even then I don't think its going to get close to 2.5 pounds.
This short scale bass...
...weighs in at...
(those are ounces) 3 pounds 7. Tuners and strings will have that over 4 pounds, and then there's going to be a half inch deep (by 6" by 2.5") route in the butt end that will hold a 500g (1.1 pound) lead diving weight.
A balanced acoustic bass (piezo and preamp) of 5 pounds. Probably as light as it could get without going to composite materials on the neck.
If someone is having trouble hoisting a 7 lb guitar, they might want to consider taking up the harmonica instead.
That bass if for my gal. She isn't a burly gorilla like us blokes (this is a good thing ) so every pound counts. And if a job's worth doing...
Well, thats different then. I'm willing to go to 6 lbs in that case.