What do you consider "heavy" for a Tele?

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  1. chulaivet1966

    chulaivet1966 Tele-Afflicted

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    Well....just thought I'd chime in for consensus sake.
    My Tele is at 7.5#....It's a 1977 Ibanez Silver Series (my avatar)

    What I'm curious of and have absolutely no clue about?.....the types of wood used on my tele.
    I have no clue what my tele body is or what the neck wood is.

    Parenthetically....back in '76 during my live band days a buddy let me play a Kramer for a while just for familiarity....not the gigs.
    Whew....have no idea what that muther weighed but I never forgot how heavy/unbalanced it felt.

    Back to it....
     
  2. soulman969

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    LOL.....what happens if I raise my hand? Do I win something?

    My cut off for guitars is around 8lbs. All of mine including my Gold Top LP fall around 8lbs or under with the majority at 7 1/2lbs give or take and my hollowbody Casino around 6lbs.

    My basses are a different story. They all run about 9 1/2lbs but I use 3.5" neoprene straps that have give and act somewhat like a shock absorber. They all balance much differently than a guitar.
     
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  3. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    If it feels heavy, it is heavy. That's just a number, though. I don't play out, so I don't think about weight while standing for a few hours.

    To me, if a guitar sounds good, it's the right weight.
     
  4. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Tele-Meister

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    Here. Neck dive is an issue if you go too light. My p-basses run around 9.5. I consider that light for a bass. Some of the Mim's can hit 13 lbs.
     
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  5. kinkstah

    kinkstah Tele-Afflicted

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    I consider more the balance of the guitar than weight. I currently own 3 Teles ranging from 6.6 to 8.6 lbs. My Epi Sheraton is 8.3. All are comfortable to me, but I think 9+ lbs would be another story when it comes to play live (a full set with my band is 2 hours, sometimes a little more).
     
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    Alder's characteristic as a guitar wood, is to always be middlin' to middlin'-heavy. They're basically never the lightest guitars nor are they the heaviest either.

    Ash, by comparison, seems like psycho-wood. It can be about the same as alder, but it can be extremely heavy or extremely light. Wild potential for variation. So, if you want a fairly light guitar, don't even worry about alder. I've got a number of them and I have to say, the lightweight alder bodied projects were not exceptional - I sometimes put those bodies aside and used something else.

    I really was enjoying playing my Walnut one piece body T style (Tommy Rosamond) build on Friday. That body alone weighs six pounds. It sounds so good. Keystones.
     
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  7. MilwMark

    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I thought I would be the only one who also has a bottom weight limit. I don’t like them under 7lbs. I also prefer them under 8lbs.

    Guess I’m not alone in that.
     
  8. hotrodkid

    hotrodkid Tele-Holic

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    I have a strat that's 6 lbs 14.9 oz and it's a tone beast! But that's a Strat. Strats sound nice an airy when they're lightweight. Personally I like a little more punch and less air from my Tele.
     
  9. MilwMark

    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I don’t equate weight with tone. I’ve just never found a sub 7lb that felt like it balanced well or that would stay put against my frame while I hop around on stage.
     
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    I have back problems, and unloaded all my super heavy guitars and amps a few years ago to replace them with lightweight gear. Now I don't own a guitar that weighs over maybe 7.5 lbs; I even built myself a full-size P-Bass with a paulownia body that weighs less than my MIA Strat, which I'm pretty sure is my heaviest guitar now although I haven't weighed it. Most of the neck dive can be mitigated by getting a high mass bridge.
     
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    With EMG's it can go really heavy
     
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    As a mature player with lower back wear i favour light everything - guitars, amps, whatever. When i was younger weight was never a consideration.

    My no 1 guitar is a bsb Baja that comes in under 7lbs. Probably the most resonant guitar ive played with great tone and nice balance.
     
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    Jesus my avi guitar is 8.3 lbs and my back starts hurting after 30 minutes standing with it. My other guitars are just over 7 lbs which is where I would put the sweet spot for an electric guitar: 7-7.5 lbs.
     
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    anything over 8.5 lbs
     
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    I start noticing a guitar's weight somewhere around 8 lb. Doesn't mean I hate 'em or reject 'em heavier. But I do start thinking of them as "heavier" around that point.

    I don't think I have a Tele that's much over 7, maybe 7.5 lb. And that's without even trying for lightweight. My CS Esquire is around 6.5 lb., and that's a full thickness body. My AV '58 Tele, IIRC, is 7 lb. My heaviest ones are my own builds.

    When I got my Jazzmaster, I specifically hunted for a lightweight one, because they can run really heavy due to the sizes of the bodies. Found a 7.5 lb. one, which is over half a pound lighter than the average weight I found looking at about 20 of the same model, and I couldn't be happier. My Jaguar, OTOH, seems heavy as hell, even though it has a shorter neck and a slightly smaller body. I haven't weighed it, but it must be 9 lb. or so.

    I love the feel of lightweight guitars, but I don't believe in any controllable tonal characteristics based solely on weight. I try for light because I like they way they feel.
     
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    In Nacho's The Blackguard book, he says that the average weight of the original blackguard Telecasters was 7.3 lbs.
     
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    I never cared. I have an American deluxe strat that weighs 9 lbs which I've owned for 20 years and love. My American Pro tele weighs 7.3 lbs and it's great too.
     
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    For me the receipt light body+fat neck=fantastic tone works perfect. My Thinline (swampash/maple top) is about 5.6 lbs, my Esquire (alder)
    6.3 lbs. Both are tonemachines and balanced.
     
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    I prefer any guitar I play to be under 8lbs.

    Mine was 7lbs. 8oz. stock, and adding locking tuners and pickups where the bridge pickup has a baseplate has bumped me up to 7lbs. 11oz. I bought a strap that compensates the weight a bit because I am a weak girly man. I played a 6lbs. Gibson SG as my only electric for 10+ years that anything over 8 seems way too heavy at this point.
     
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    Once I get past 9lbs, I am done with Fender solidbody guitars. Most of my guitars fall between 7-8 lbs. I will play a Les Paul up to 10 lbs.
     
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