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Why cannot electric guitar be less heavy...

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by omlove, Apr 28, 2019.

  1. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Many many many products use weight to signify quality and luxury. Cheap t-shirt is thin and light, expensive branded t-shirt is heavy weight. Headphones, blankets, practically everything.

    +1 in guitars half the buyers believe in tone woods, half believe in heavy gives more sustain, half needs fancy heavy tuners or they think the guitar won't stay in tune, and half fear they will suffer neck dive.

    If you want a light guitar you need to get a Squier Bullet body, move your fancy neck over, and replace as many metal bits you can dump. go top loader and get rid of ferrules, use a half bridge and direct mount the pickup. go esquire. Half cannot do any of this because they fear the wrath of tonewood pixies.
     
  2. Sean Mac

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    Feedback.

    The solid body was intended from it's inception to be capable of LOUD without feedback.

    Your suggested design could certainly be made.

    It might be perfect for the modern "silent stage" situation.

    The "quiet electric guitar" is a relatively new concept.

    Leo and Les wanted LOUD and no feedback :)
     
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  3. robt57

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    My DIY pine Teles are between 6-7lb both solid and f-hole/thinline.

    I think a paulownia wood solid 1-3/4" Tele with a single action truss neck and vintage tuners build easily into a 6-7lb Tele.
     
  4. Bluey

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    USA Hamer Korina Artist - under 7lb p90 or HB no nose dive. My 2006 has filtertrons.
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  5. Tomm Williams

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    Jimmy Page is hardly a big guy and handled an SG double neck just fine.
    I guess weight is relative.
     
  6. Dacious

    Dacious Poster Extraordinaire

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    339s are much lighter than 335s. Flaxwood guitars are hollow and quite light - the material has the density of ebony so they sustain well.
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    Gibson Melody Makers are 40mm thick and under 6lbs.

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  7. telemnemonics

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    Since the '50s when the solid body electric got popular there have been options from 6-12 lbs.
    Plenty of swamp ash Teles weigh down around 6.5- 7 lbs even without being hollow.

    But because wood hard enough to withstand the typical knocking around guitar players dish out tends to make a guitar more like 8-9 lbs, the lighter ones are a little less common.

    Seems some players like soft pine that takes dents easily, but soft pine might not look very good after a month or so on the bottom rack at a GC.
    Harder pine is tough but heavy.

    Swamp ash has a great combo of hardness and lightness.
    Supplies of the lighter swamp ash get used up quicker though, so lighter brings a higher price.
    If you like heavy guitars you have more options and better prices.
     
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    I think it's more age than size.
    We get used up as we age and after 50 or 65 have to choose less strain whenever possible.
    True though that a 250 lb man will feel a 10lb guitar differently than a 125lb man, assuming the weight is primarily bone and muscle.
    But an 8lb guitar is fine for almost any adult who is in prime condition.
     
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  9. Nightclub Dwight

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    I don't know the weight, but my Casino is pretty light.

    ES335s are heavy because they have a solid block running through them. They look like a hollow body but they really aren't.
     
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    An acoustic guitar body is supposed to vibrate. An electric guitar body is supposed to resist vibrating…
     
  11. dragonfly66

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    ^^^^^^^ This is the truth right here. I am 53 and I feel like I'm aging in dog years now, LOL... actually it isn't funny. Take care of yourself people!

    To the weight issue...

    I'm female, 5'2" and I have found that anything over 7.5 lbs is more than I like strapped across my body. I have slowly replaced all of my guitars with ones that are 7.5 lbs or less. Most of my guitars now are under or at 7 lbs. I have only one guitar, a Les Paul Special Double Cut, that is barely over the threshold. To me, the guitars that have the weight distributed like an axe, i.e. tele, SG, Les Paul Special double cut, feel heavier at the same weight as the more balanced guitars, i.e. Strat.

    Light, solid body guitars are out there. They may be harder to find, but they are out there. There is also alternatives to solid body guitars, which have been suggested in the previous replies.

    Life is too short to suffer with guitars you think are too heavy. There is no reason to make people feel bad about it. Doesn't make any difference to me if someone wants to play a guitar that is 12 lbs or 3 lbs. What do I care?
     
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  12. DonM

    DonM Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Get a Danelectro; doesn't get much lighter than that and has great tone.

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    Mine is lighter than any acoustic I have ever had and it is definitely an electric guitar
     

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    Yeah, I wish they were lighter too.

    That's why I love my strandberg classic and other headless guitars.

    I honestly can't notice any audible advantage between my heavier guitars and my lighter ones.

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