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Morgenholz



Indiana/USA

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

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



littleuch

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Mar 12th, 2016 02:41 PM        

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.



urby

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

"Joe Bonamassa says the heavier Les Pauls sound better than the light ones."<br /> <br /> 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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Mar 12th, 2016 06:25 PM        

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).<br /> <br /> That's my experience. YMMV...



Dennis

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

With all the talk i weighed all my Teles.<br /> <br /> 2016 american standard with contoured body and all rosewood neck.......7 lbs .5 oz<br /> 1985 pink paisley MIJ 7 lbs 1.7oz<br /> Road worn 50s MIM......8 lbs 5.6 oz<br />



RicOkc



Nicoma Park, OK.

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

Easy... most of us are geezers with the typical health issues, esp. back backs.<br /> <br /> Not concerned with heavy Tele's mainly heavy Les Paul's.



pcalu



usa metro detroit

Jun 9th, 2016 06:01 AM        

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..)



Malcolm

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Edmond, OK

Jun 9th, 2016 11:39 PM        

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        

"New straps for those who have heavy guitars and back problems.<br /> <br /> Slinger Straps "<br /> <br /> 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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Jul 23rd, 2016 12:49 PM        

Which is heavier?<br /> <br /> A. A ton of Telecasters<br /> <br /> B. A ton of Les Pauls<br /> <br /> The correct answer is B!



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Jul 23rd, 2016 01:14 PM        

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.<br /> The latest "Tele thang" I picked up at the mexican restaurant is also heavy but it sounds great.



RicOkc



Nicoma Park, OK.

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

Tony I read a review on those straps and thought that they might be interesting seeing I have severe back issues.<br /> <br /> I didn't like the idea of drilling a new strap peg on either of my Les Pauls.<br /> <br /> But I haven't played standing up in ages.



alnico357



Arkansas, USA

Aug 2nd, 2016 03:26 PM        

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.



Hammond101

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Aug 2nd, 2016 03:46 PM        

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.<br /> <br /> 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        

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



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

"Which is heavier?<br /> <br /> A. A ton of Telecasters<br /> <br /> B. A ton of Les Pauls<br /> <br /> The correct answer is B!"<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Long Ton, Short Ton or Metric Ton(Tonne)?



Tony Salieri



Houston, Texas

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

"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.<br /> ..."<br /> <br /> Just about any Gibson Les Paul discussion will eventually include their weight.



Peegoo

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Jan 30th, 2017 03:47 PM        

I think weight matters if you like to feel the guitar react as you play it. <br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> It's a very personal thing, I guess.



Blind acorn



USA

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

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



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