i have given the general issue thought and decided 7-7.5 pounds was a sweet spot for a tele. up to 8 pounds is very acceptable. some are anal and specify chambered bodies or pine bodies and no doubt they have their reasons. it would be a thought to play a different design which could save you a couple pounds if the matter was that important. in the end i reasoned that it is a matter of balance. i wouldn't want an overly light tele either. you can have your preferences in any product but you shouldn't go off the deep end.