Ideal Tele Weight?

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  1. Miles

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    Do you have a preference on the weight of your teles or guitars in general?

    Please do elaborate.

    I tend to like about 7.5-8.5 lbs. This feels, to me like a nice weight, but not dead weight.

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  2. Unburst

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    Weight is irrelevant to me.
     
  3. dtube

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    I had a '73 Tele Deluxe, ash, that was 10-lbs and it rang like a bell. The amazing tone, acoustic and amplified, made it almost worth the shoulder trama...almost. On the flip side, I just finished a Tele partscaster with a 4-lb, USCG ash body that ended up a hair under 7-lbs total; it is incredibly resonant, lively, and downright loud acoustically. So IMO, weight matters not tonally. Comfort-wise, the new Tele is almost too light for me (kinda reminds me of a basswood, 80's shredder machine). But, my back isn't what it used to be - so I'm happily adapting :)
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    My latest parts tele was built with a 3 pound 3 ounce pine body. Weight is important to me because I had two surgeries in my teens and am lucky I can walk. I'm now in my 50's and can't handle a heavy guitar.

    BTW, that pine body resonates so much I think it's alive. I need to weigh that one.

    I also have a very light ash parts tele that I think comes in aroung 6.5 pounds.

    Yeah, it's a crap shoot but the tele's I've built so far have turned out very nice.
     
  5. pbradt

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    My CIJ Tele is six pounds. the Vinniecaster is 5.8. I have had back surgery and weight is important.
     
  6. Miles

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    I like 'em around 7.5, 7.75.

    Lighter than that feels funny to me. Probably because I play LPs mostly.
     
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    the 8 pounders are awesome IMHO, usually 7.5 is average. Gives a nice tone and is still not a back breaker. Weight is not a variable to tone. It is the complete package!
     
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  10. Miles

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    So, somewhere between 5-9lbs seems to be ideal for most guys


    What are the main factors of weight?

    wood density? quality?
     
  11. cityinmind

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    I have never actually weighed any of mine, but for me the heavier the better. Better sustain amoung other things. I prefer good sound so if its a little heavier thats fine. Plus, its a tele, if you are getting fatigued from its weight then maybe you really need to find another line of work/hobby since they are some of the lighter guitars out there
     
  12. Polynitro

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    Quality doesn't weigh anything so It has zero effect.
     
  13. Miles

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    So, great cut of wood doesn't equal heavy or light?
     
  14. Kappy

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    O about this much...

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    ...or this much...
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    Give or take a coupla' oz. :D
     
  15. alvagoldbook

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    the right tele weight is the weight that's right for you. I don't care about guitar weight. I actually prefer a heavier guitar than a light one.
     
  16. Polynitro

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    No it equals both heavy and light.
     
  17. Al Nico

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    Whatever balances right on you, and sounds good, to you. I've found that I like Teles somewhere around 7.5-8lbs, but with a fat neck, and vintage trussrod/tuners. This means a body around 4.5-5 lbs. Sounds good, and balances perfectly for me - the neck stays put if I don't support it with my left hand.
     
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    I don't have a scale but I know my MIM 2000 must be a light body, since it's neck heavy.

    I'm shopping for another cheap body thats heavier.

    Can any of you help me with some average figures?

    Neck with tuners weight = ____ Lb.

    Body weight average on the Stratosphere Ebay site avg. seems to be about 4.5-6.0 lb.

    What body weight will I need to be sure I don't have another neck-heavy situation?

    thanks!
     
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  19. Structo

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    I have to chuckle at this seemingly fad the last several years of checking the weight of guitars or guitar bodies.

    I mean, what does it really matter?

    If the guitar sounds good, does not hurt your shoulder after wearing it for a couple hours, you are good to go.

    I don't believe the hype about light bodies always sound better either.

    A guitar is a sum of it's parts.
    Sometimes they all just come together just right.
    I believe a neck plays a more important role in tone than the body does.....

    How many Gibby guys are concerned about how much their hurking LP's weigh?

    Best option, strap on the guitar, plug it in, play it, like it?
    Buy or don't buy it.
     
  20. Al Nico

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    Neck, vintage tuners, hardaware, pups, are typically about 3 lbs. For guarantee no-neck-dive, maybe shoot for a painted body around 4-4.5 lbs. --- all IMO, and YMMV and all that stuff :)

     

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