Gibson SG 61 RI weight

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  1. GibsonSGgirl

    GibsonSGgirl Member

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    Hey all,

    I just purchased a 2008 61 Reissue from GC today and as soon as I got home, I weighed it on my postal scale and it weighed 8.02 lbs. It doesn't feel too heavy to me, but I was curious what the average weight of 61 reissue SGs are...

    Also, I was able to get it for $1394.24 from GC, do you all think that's a good deal? It seems to fall in line with the prices I've seen on eBay lately...

    My only concern about it is the weight...my first guitar, a 2000 SG Classic, weighed over 8.5lbs, and consequently I sold it because I wasn't playing it due to the weight. My 1980 SG Standard weighs 7.11 lbs and that to me is the perfect weight.

    I guess what I'm asking is, is 8 lbs in the 'normal' range for a 61 RI? I'd prefer one in the low 7 lb or under 7 lb range, is that even possible?

    Thanks all and sorry if any of this is confusing. And I'm working on pics now...
     
  2. TrainBridge

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    The '61 reissue has a bigger headstock than the standards and the classics so that could contribute to the weight. I'd say you got it for a good deal considering they go for like $1900 new right? No clue of that's a good weight or not but if it plays nice and sounds good who cares ya know? If its within one lb of your ideal weight then I say you have a winner.

    Enjoy your new guitar.
     
  3. danelectro

    danelectro Supporting Member

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    My Historic '62 SGs weigh 7.14 & 6.53 lbs
     
  4. billstets

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    My non-Historic (it's a 2003 or 2004) weights 6lbs 8oz. It does seem heavy an SG to me, but if it sounds and plays great and doesn't feel too heavy when you play it, who cares.
     
  5. KazJY

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    I had a 61SG that was light as a feather, so 8lbs seems on the high side, but really - if you like it, go with it!

    I have no idea what my other SG weighs. I like it.

    I have a Strat that I love that is over 8 lbs. I didn't know for YEARS, and I don't mind it now that I know!
     
  6. fuzz_factor

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    Holy crap! 8.5 lbs. SG Classic? That would be too heavy for me. Mine is around 6.5 lbs.

    I've been thinking about picking up an SG Standard lately and wouldn't buy one that wasn't a featherweight. Too many of my guitars are too heavy. When my shoulder starts aching, that's when I reach for my SG.
     
  7. artguy47

    artguy47 Ol' CuRmUGeOn

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    Geez. sounds like an LP weight, sure your scale is right?
     
  8. guitaristanyc

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    61's should be really light - less than 8lbs.
     
  9. HoboMan

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    I just bought a 1990 62 Reissue last week.
    Haven't put it on a scale but I would guess it around 6.5-7lbs.
    It's really light.
     
  10. jekylmeister

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    Yeah, that sounds WAY heavy for an SG of any kind. That's Les Paul weight there......
     
  11. GibsonSGgirl

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    Hmm maybe I should return it and look for a lighter-weight example...it's been a dream of mine for a long time to get a SG in the 6 lb range...
     
  12. guitaristanyc

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    Many of the newer 61's that I have tried (within the past few years, or so) have felt a bit heavier to me than normal - and the lighter ones had multipiece bodies. If you want a light one with a single piece body, you may have to look around for a used one, pre-2009. Of course, you might get lucky and find a great new one - though you will probably have to run the rack at a few stores to find it.
     
  13. GibsonSGgirl

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    Thanks! I'd be looking for a used, pre-2009 example. I don't know why there doesn't seem to be any lightweight SGs in Charlotte, I always have to order online and I hate that. After many years of buying guitars online before playing them, I've gotten to where I prefer to try one out in the store first before buying.
     
  14. supergenius365

    supergenius365 Supporting Member

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    As for your price question: I paid about $1100 used 3 years ago at GC.
     
  15. paul1122

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    That's heavy. My 05 is close to 6 lbs
     
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    How big is the neck on the '61 compared to the others you are comparing it to. I know it is supposed to have a slim 60's but if it accidentally came with a bigger neck that might account for a half a pound or more of weight. I had that happen on supposedly the same guitar they would come with a different sized neck.

    8lbs is the weight of some of non-weight relieved Les Pauls from overseas or Hamers
     
  17. TeamJA

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    Return it or you'll never be happy with it.
     

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