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Dennis
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Mar 3rd, 2016 02:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It seems like a common concern about how much a Tele weighs. I haven't heard the same concern (or haven't noticed) about other guitars. What am I missing, is it because old guys with bad backs who toiled their whole lives play Teles? Are us Tele guys worn out from lifting our big fat wives into bed? Or is it something else entirely?

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Mar 3rd, 2016 05:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The weight of a guitar never mattered until May 3rd, 1972.

Prior to that date, nobody talked about how much a guitar weighs or what the screws smell like.

har har

I think it's just another data point that obsessive guitar players can obsess about.

I don't weigh my guitars and memorize their weights, but a guitar that's too heavy is un-fun when I'm playing for more than three hours or so. I like 'em lightweight.

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Mar 3rd, 2016 05:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I can deal with it to about 8.5 lbs.


then its like carrying a log...

if its too light then you get neck dive.

anything between 7.5 and 8.5 is ok by me...

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Mar 3rd, 2016 07:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm good up to 10 lbs. A 12 lb Les Paul is quite a burden around your neck. But, the whole weight thing is way over-done. Joe Bonamassa says the heavier Les Pauls sound better than the light ones. He has a few and his tone is pretty good so I'll trust his judgement.

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Mar 3rd, 2016 07:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm old with a bad back and the weight of any guitar I buy concerns me.
What Peegoo said, no fun when it's too heavy.

Chris Greene
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Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Mar 3rd, 2016 10:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I never liked heavy guitars but these days, as I play on the sofa or similar, it doesn't matter too much.

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Mar 3rd, 2016 07:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My old Tele w/B-bender is fairly heavy but I started using a wide strap and it is fine.

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Mar 3rd, 2016 07:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I play standing up mostly and after breaking my neck in 2002 and my back in 2006 I need a lighter guitar---up to 8lbs.

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Mar 3rd, 2016 07:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Peegoo -- is that date a random choice or the day that Gruhn opened its doors?

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Mar 3rd, 2016 07:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I ain't sayin' nuthin'!

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no wonder they call you TheProfessor :o)

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Mar 4th, 2016 06:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Plenty of light guitars out there for people who obsess over such things. Conversely, my Casino Elite is almost too light. I like to feel like I have something hanging there! If you like REALLY light guitars, buy a J45. Mine weighs about 4 lbs.


Grapeshot

Sierra Vista, AZ

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Mar 4th, 2016 02:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have lower back and shoulder issues, so weight matters on all of my guitars. On Teles, though, I find if they are too light they can neck dive a bit, so I like Teles to be around 7.25 - 7.5 lbs (My Tele is 7.25, AmStd). Most of my other guitars are in the 7lbs range.

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Mar 5th, 2016 12:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There's similar concerns about Strats and Les Pauls.

My ash-bodied Strat is about 5 ounces heavier than my Tele.

And when I still had a Les I'm sure it was more.

Morgenholz

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Mar 5th, 2016 01:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

IMO, in general, and in contrast with Les Pauls, the lighter teles sound better. Exploit every advantage.

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Mar 6th, 2016 09:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...I like to feel like I have something hanging there..."


aaahhhhhhemmmmmm....uh....yeah...last time I checked, it was still there.

As for guitars...tone and playability is tops over weight. But heavy can be a burden. There are limits. But no problem on the guitars I have. Range from 7 lbs. 6 oz. up to 8 lbs. 10 oz. The 8 lbs. 10 oz. one is far and away the best sounding guitar. But there's no way I'd make the case for its weight being the reason; I just don't think that has anything to do with it (no matter what "Joe" says). Getting up there much heavier than that is not appealing.

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Mar 7th, 2016 09:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have never weighed any of my guitars. I was much younger when I gigged and it didn't matter. Nowadays I play sitting down so it still doesn't matter.

Edited for fumble fingered iPad nonsense.

(This message was last edited by JAFO at 11:38 AM, Mar 7th, 2016)

RicOkc

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Mar 7th, 2016 10:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

New straps for those who have heavy guitars and back problems.

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Mar 8th, 2016 09:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Many believe that lighter Teles are brighter, with a snappier attack, and, of course, bright and snappy are what Telecasters are all about.

I personally am agnostic on the weight/tone issue.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Mar 8th, 2016 10:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just got a Road Worn 50's ash Tele. Seller claimed it was just under 7 pounds. Having two ash Teles already that I would imagine weigh a good 8 pounds each, I believe it on this one. As to whether one sustains better than the other or sounds different, I don't hear much difference in either. I always thought I'd prefer the lighter weight but even though this new Road Worn is pretty dang light, it somehow feels like less of a guitar (it's not).

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Mar 8th, 2016 11:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My ash-bodied 64 AV Tele weighs about 7lbs. I think. Pretty light.

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