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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / Why so much concern about Tele weight?

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Wichita, KS USA

It's all gravy from here on...
Mar 8th, 2016 11:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

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



A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever.
Mar 12th, 2016 02:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

All intellectualization aside, I have never kept a heavy tele, and have never got rid of my light ones.

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Subtropical Florida

Mar 12th, 2016 02:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

I prefer guitars on the lighter side. There is no need for a Tele or Strat to have excessive weight that's immediately noticeable when you pick it up. IMO of course.

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Seattle, Wa

Not quite my tempo
Mar 12th, 2016 02:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Joe Bonamassa says the heavier Les Pauls sound better than the light ones."

In my experience I tend to agree with Joe's assessment. Somewhere from the late 8 lb stage to the mid 9 pounders. Heavier than that, though, no thanks.

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USA/Taos, NM

Mar 12th, 2016 06:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

And Eric Johnson says the exact opposite thing about Strats. I think it's all a bunch of hooey. It all comes down to the individual guitar. There is no magic formula where weight (or lack thereof)=tone (or lack thereof).

That's my experience. YMMV...

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Denver, Co

Not practicing enough daily for 20 years
Mar 13th, 2016 07:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

With all the talk i weighed all my Teles.

2016 american standard with contoured body and all rosewood neck.......7 lbs .5 oz
1985 pink paisley MIJ 7 lbs 1.7oz
Road worn 50s MIM......8 lbs 5.6 oz


Nicoma Park, OK.

"Let the music do the talking"
Apr 3rd, 2016 10:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

Easy... most of us are geezers with the typical health issues, esp. back backs.

Not concerned with heavy Tele's mainly heavy Les Paul's.


usa metro detroit

Jun 9th, 2016 06:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

I prefer my Tele on the heavy side.. I move around a lot live.. and a heavier Tele stays put. (if that makes any sense..)

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Edmond, OK

Jun 9th, 2016 11:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've dated a few, but never weighed one........ LOL

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Jul 23rd, 2016 09:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

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

Slinger Straps "

RicOkc, those are pretty cool. I like the dual shoulder straps model, and the fact they offer a 3" wide upgrade.

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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Jul 23rd, 2016 12:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

Which is heavier?

A. A ton of Telecasters

B. A ton of Les Pauls

The correct answer is B!

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American Patriot

I'm on guard these days.
Jul 23rd, 2016 01:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

My '68-69 B-bender Tele is heavy. Several of my friends shrug when they pick it up and say "man, that's heavy". I think it is the wood more than the addition of the B-bender mechanism. I have played it for so long that I don't notice.
The latest "Tele thang" I picked up at the mexican restaurant is also heavy but it sounds great.


Nicoma Park, OK.

"Let the music do the talking"
Jul 30th, 2016 02:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

Tony I read a review on those straps and thought that they might be interesting seeing I have severe back issues.

I didn't like the idea of drilling a new strap peg on either of my Les Pauls.

But I haven't played standing up in ages.


Arkansas, USA

Aug 2nd, 2016 03:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

No concern with my Telecaster's weight. My only electric guitar from 1986-2013, a solid maple Carvin, weighs 8.5 lbs and is no problem to play 4 hours standing up. OTOH my solid maple Carvin bass, at 10 lbs, starts feeling heavy. The Telecaster must not hit 10 lbs.

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So. Cal. USA

Aug 2nd, 2016 03:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

My original '71 Tele is very light a swamp ash guitar. It is my favorite 1st and last set guitar when I play 4 or 4+ set electric guitar gigs. 1st set because is sounds so sweet turned down if it's a "dinner" set. Last set for obvious weight reasons.

I've got other Teles that weigh more and sound just as good. Light Teles are a wonderful thing.

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Jan 10th, 2017 06:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have shoulder problems due to arthritis spurs, and have been using Slinger Hip Straps on my basses for 2 years now. I just put in the Dunlop flushmount straplocks in two heavy guitars I have...an LP knockoff, and my 68 Tele, to use the Slingers. I used to love heavy guitars, but those days are over for me.

Slinger Hip Straps have been a godsend for me. I would not be able to gig without them.

(This message was last edited by Steve Dallman at 09:12 AM, Jan 13th, 2017)

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Wichita, KS USA

It's all gravy from here on...
Jan 19th, 2017 06:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Which is heavier?

A. A ton of Telecasters

B. A ton of Les Pauls

The correct answer is B!"

Long Ton, Short Ton or Metric Ton(Tonne)?

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Jan 19th, 2017 07:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

"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.

Just about any Gibson Les Paul discussion will eventually include their weight.

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The spotlight

looks like a prison break
Jan 30th, 2017 03:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think weight matters if you like to feel the guitar react as you play it.

What I mean is a heavy guitar is just that: a heavy, massive thing. Conversely, a lightweight guitar tends to feel more 'live' as you play it due to less mass. You can feel the strings' vibrations in the neck and through the body.

I have a very lightweight guitar--a Guild M-65 (less than five lbs), and it really changes how I play because it feels like...I have a fish on the line and I have to reel it in. It's exciting to play. That's the best way I can describe it.

I have a lightweight chambered Les Paul and a 58 LP Junior that is about 6 lbs, and they both ring like a bell. The fat necks probably have something to do with that. They are a blast to play.

It's a very personal thing, I guess.

This Guild feels like a toy, but it rocks.

Blind acorn


2 Wrongs don't make a right but 3 do...
Jul 30th, 2017 01:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well according to Joe B. I must own the best Les Paul evah!
'69 LP Professional that weighs in at approximately 13 lbs.
Freakin' Thank gOd for my Telecaster...
The LP hasn't seen the light of day in 3 years...

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