This thread is not meant to be about tone, or light vs heavy, etc... I've been shopping for a new Fender for a few weeks now, and nearly every retailer that lists weights of the instrument for sale has new Fenders at 8 to 8.5 lbs. This includes all MIA strats, teles, in almost all production models. Jazzmasters and other offsets come in closer to 9 lbs. The only teles coming in under 7.5 lbs are the 70th anniversary Esquires on almost every site! Is ~8lbs +/- 6oz the current benchmark for standard production Fenders? I know the CS guitars always come in at 7 lbs or under, so are all the light tonewoods just getting funneled up to them? Or possibly it's just a phenomenon where the lighter guitars are sold quicker than heavier ones, thus giving the impression that everything is heavy nowadays?? Or alternatively, guitar demand is at such a high volume right now that guitar makers are ordering any quality of wood they can get their hands on??