Does guitar weight matter to you?

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  1. Thumpalumpacus

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    Aside from anything else, the idea that one can extrapolate information about personal attitudes from something as disparate as instrument weight says more about the person making that judgement than anyone else.
     
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    Absolutely true, and the reason for my tongue-in-cheek dig...

    It's fatiguing that these guitar weight threads usually end up as a battle, with accusations that those who prefer lighter weight guitars are weak sissy-boys who need to lose some weight and work out more. Others end up feeling the need to justify their preference by detailing back issues and surgeries, instead of just being allowed to like what they like without all the mocking machismo from others. Not to mention the constant argument of "light weight doesn't mean better tone", even though few people actually say that or use that as a reason for their preference.

    Anyway, I was pretty proud of "Butthurt Boat Anchor Boys", was hoping it would catch on haha ;)
     
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    A little bit... but not a lot.

    6.5 - 7.5 is nice.
     
  4. Brettski

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    I generally don't care til I've been standing there for two or three hours with it. I still don't judge a guitar by how much it weighs. I have an 8.5+ lb Strat that sounds beautiful. The Les Paul in my avatar is FIFTEEN and growls like an SOB.
     
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  5. Thumpalumpacus

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    It does have an alliterative charm.
     
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    At 65 weight really starts to matter near the end of the second set. So yeah, for me weight is a factor.
     
  7. Jedi

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    Not when I was in my 20s or 30s. Now that I am older it is absolutely important. YMMV
     
  8. Thumpalumpacus

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    When we exclude caveats and "excuses" we kinda eliminate the individuality that makes discussing guitars on an internet forum interesting, no? I enjoy understanding why others don't share my views, so long as everything remains civil.
     
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    Weight is a factor for me due to some physical issues. That being said I bought my favorite Telecaster sight unseen without having any idea of the weight. It ended up being a little over 6 lbs and I play it more than my other guitars combined. Just comfortable to play.
     
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    As of today, it is my main concern
     
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    Since I often wear them for hours at a time, and shlep them around on public transit, yes, it matters to me.
     
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    It matters to me, sure, but I don't have set requirements, even for particular models.


    In terms of buying online, that still applies, but I'm not sending someone thousands of dollars for a guitar that I don't know basic information about, and weight is IMO basic information. Does it matter if a guitar is 8 pounds 4 ounces or 8 pounds 6 ounces? Not to me, but I see someone list a weight as 8 pounds 6 ounces I have some confidence that he actually weighed it and even if it's not that accurate it's more likely to be close enough.

    Is weight a property, or is it a measurement of that property, expressed as a number? I go with the former. When buying in person, which is mostly what I do, the actual number isn't important, but the weight is still a factor. Some have said they care about the feel, which to me is the property not the number, as far as the weight aspect goes.
     
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    Prefer them lighter..but no..weight is not a factor.
     
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    About 8.5 lbs is my practical limit for gigging
     
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    If I found the best sounding guitar was 15 lbs I’d rather go to the gym than play the second best sounding guitar.
     
  16. macrossgeorge

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    Heavier guitars almost always sound better but my body is starting to decline and I have sold very sentimental guitars due to weight due to back issues. For gigs and jams I have to use lightweight and ergonomic guitars especially since most of my gigs and jams average 3 - 4 hours. Also because of tendonitis and tennis elbow I have had to go to short scale 24" and when things get really painful I have to move down to my 22" scale ibanez mikro. One of the best sounding guitars I played was a friend's 3 humbucker Les Paul and it is the heaviest guitar I have ever touched. I sounded amazing but I could only handle it for one song and had to put it down. Playing sitting down is not good for me ergonomically either for more than a song or two.
     
  17. JosephZdyrski

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    Not really... I actually kind of like em on the heavy side to be honest.
     
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    Guess I missed the joke here. I must be a bit thick, I don't see the humor.

    https://www.spondylitis.org/Ankylosing-Spondylitis
     
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  19. Thumpalumpacus

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    I know what AS is. The joke is that as you see even in this thread, there are guys who think those of us who regard weight as a factor as weaklings, when in fact there are many reasons why a player might consider weight important.

    If you don't see the humor, okay. No offense was intended. For what it's worth, I have AVN in my hip which requires me to take weight into account. In that sense, you can read my joke as being pointed at myself too.
     
  20. mschafft

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    Anything below 8lbs.
     

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