What Should a Tele Weigh?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by holndav, Feb 21, 2019.

  1. LGOberean

    LGOberean Doctor of Teleocity

    May 31, 2008
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    Interesting observation/analogy. One that I can relate to because of my wife's profession. She is a midwife, has been for 21 years. When I got my first tele more than 11 years ago, she still had an old style set of scales that used lead weights, kinda like this one (found this picture on the Interwebs)...

    Using those old scales for my first two tele "babies," the weight was 9 lbs. 2 oz. and 6 lbs. 12 oz., respectively. Then my wife switched to those hand held digital scales one uses for fishing, and so my subsequent teles were weighed with that, and register the ounces in terms of tenths of a pound instead. I shared the weights of my Logan Custom teles (plus one non-tele) early on in this thread (post #5), but here they are again.

    Mahogany solid body: 9 lbs. 2 oz.
    "Logo" thinline: 6 lbs. 12 oz.
    BSB swamp ash: 6 lbs. 14.7 oz.
    Firecaster (chambered): 6 lbs. 3.6 oz.
    My Logan Custom Tele family, with Vox Pathfinder 15Rs.jpg

    My newest Logan Custom tele is the lightest one yet. I haven't weighed it yet myself, but Bob Logan said it was 5 lbs. 10 oz.
    06-28-2019 - Logan Custom Firecaster II, pics I took - 2.jpg
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  2. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

    Feb 3, 2017
    Foat Wuth, Texas
    I'm currently in the process of putting together a new Tele....the first I've done from start to finish. (although NOT from scratch....I bought a body and neck) I've mentioned my #1 is 8lbs, and that gets heavy on a gig. This one is a Paulownia body from GFS (2lb 9.5oz) with the Warmoth neck at 2lbs. Then, whatever the bridge, tuners, pickups and hardware weigh.....I'm hoping 6lbs or less total. I'll weigh when I get it together, but it won't be quick. I'm Tru Oiling the neck, and I don't want to rush. I'll post pics when done! ;)
    BTW.....love the pic of the baby scale....I remember those well from childhood. I use the scale at the self-serve kiosk at the Post Office.....my taxes paid for it, after all!
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  3. DanDII

    DanDII Tele-Meister

    Nov 2, 2015
    All my F style guitars are under 8 with one, my Thin Skin '64, at just under 7.

    The LPs come in at just over 8.5 to just under 6.5 for my M2M Braz CR7.

    Anything over 9 is no go. I've had two '70s Fenders that were both over 11.

    Never again!
  4. aadvark

    aadvark Tele-Meister

    Jul 1, 2010
    I really don't get the prioritisation of weight over almost anything?
    It's really not that hard to hold up a guitar, is it?
    Is this a thing for all the ageing guitar players with back issues?

    If it sounds great and plays well, play it.
  5. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Poster Extraordinaire

    May 14, 2008
    Marion, NC
    Well, do you really mean should, or do you mean ought? :rolleyes:

    Although should and ought to are often interchangeable, there is a slight difference of meaning between them. When using should the speaker expresses his own subjective view; ought to is more objective and is used when the speaker wants to represent something as a law, duty or regulation.
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