What is a good average weight for a Tele?

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  1. lttoler

    lttoler TDPRI Member

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    I have owned a few Tele's and am about to start looking for another. My last tele was a blacktop. It was a great guitar except for the fact that it was much heavier than my other tele's. I wish I would have weighed it before I sold it, but I want to make sure I get something that's not that heavy this time. What is the usual weight for telecasters? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. notdave

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    Oh lor'. Is it that time already?

    8lbs.

    Or 7lbs.

    Or somewhere in between.

    Probably.
     
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    slack Friend of Leo's

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    Not sure what "good average weight" means, but it sounds subjective. As for average weights of Fender Teles, I would say that 8-lbs is about right for vintage Teles (pre-1982), and maybe around 7-1/2 lbs for modern Teles (including Custom Shop).
     
  4. LeftyAl

    LeftyAl Friend of Leo's

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    My tele mim weighs about 8 1/2 lbs. my LP copy is close to 10 lbs. sometime I'm not in the mood to even pick up the LP
     
  5. Mark Davis

    Mark Davis Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Here are the weights os some of the Teles I have owned.


    1988 52ri 9.2 lbs
    50's Classic MIM 6.5 lbs
    50's Classic MIM 7 lbs 10 oz
    60's Classic MIM 7.5 lbs
    CV50's vb 7 lbs 13 oz
    CVC 7.2 lbs
     
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    surfoverb Doctor of Teleocity

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    8lbs is about average Id say
    I wouldnt want over 9lbs, and 7 is perfect.
    mine are

    cij Micawbre- 7lbs (1 piece ash body)
    52RI- 8lbs (ash)
    Squier CVC- 8lbs (alder)
    MIM Classic 60s- 8 1/4 lbs (alder)
    Flatline Delta90- 8lbs (alder)
     
  8. doc w

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    I like lighter Teles. Mine is a custom Tele-style from Marc Rutters and weighs just over 7 lbs.
     
  9. Geo

    Geo Friend of Leo's

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    Up to or under 8 Lbs good. If you large weight like Football, Sumo wrestler and so
    get heavier Tele so you don't hurt self with lighter one.
     
  10. jedi

    jedi Tele-Holic

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    Here are my requirements..YMMV
    from 6.5lbs
    7.0lbs (sweet spot)
    7.5lbs max
     
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    Twang Tone Friend of Leo's

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    This comes up more often than you think!

    I like 'em light - 7lbs or under. The average seems to be 8lbs. Heavy is 9lbs+.

    YMMV.

    Ash tends to vary A LOT in weight. I've looked for light examples of all the models I own. Seems to help resale, too.

    Thanks,
     
  13. Hiker

    Hiker Poster Extraordinaire

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    Around 8 lbs.

    Anyone that says guitars over 7 1/2 lbs. are heavy is making a joke! :lol:
     
  14. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    Shoot… I've seen little string bean scrawny guys playin' em and big 'ol Fatuns playing 'em too.. I dont see any reason why any size person can't play 'em..

    r
     
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    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Dang!

    Beat me to the punch! :)

    But think about it. Think of some tiny 90 pound gal playing a Tele, then someone the size of Greg Koch but heavier. If the size of the guitar player can vary by 350%, then surely the world is big enough for both 5.5 pound and for 10 pound Telecasters?

    To heck with prioritizing the weight. I wanna know, does it balance? Does the guitar feel alive when played under amplification? I wouldn't buy a car because it weighed 200 pounds more or less than some other brand or model (although it might be in the background of considerations) - no, I wanna know, does the package work?
     
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  16. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

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    My CS swamp ash Esquire weighs not quite 6.5 lb. with the strap and bridge cover on.

    My Aerodyne (basswood) is just a few ounces heavier, well under 7 pounds.

    Not sure how it happened, but these two happen to be pretty light guitars.
     
  17. Panhandleman

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    i just completed a thinline partscaster that weighs 5lbs 12oz with the strap on. the pickups are generation 4 noiseless and had fender locking tuners. after playing around with it im convinced anything else would be too heavy for me.
     
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    I like em around the 5lb mark. Same with strats.
     
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