Is 7.44lbs heavy for a custom shop tele?

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  1. leodiditright

    leodiditright Supporting Member

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    What do you think guys? I've got one with that weight under my radar...
     
  2. vibrasonic

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    That sounds like a good weight to me. Anything 8 LBS or over i'd stay away from for CS
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    7.445 would be over the line.
     
  4. rcl

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    Does it sound good? For me, 7-8 is a nice to have range, but if sounds great, 12lbs is my shoulder pain cutoff ;) (it would have to play itself at 11lb 15oz)
     
  5. leodiditright

    leodiditright Supporting Member

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    ???
     
  6. pokey

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    7.4 is on slightly on the heavy side of being perfect. I'm talking a few oz. heavy.

    I remember reading where Rick Nielsen spec'd out a GVCG t-style and wanted the guitar to not weigh less than 7.5 lbs.
     
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    7.44 would have been fine... its that extra .005 that gets you :rotflmao:bonk
     
  9. leodiditright

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    What I'm not getting is that I've got a Road Worn Player tele at 8lbs, and it feels very heavy to me, so 7.44lbs is not a lot less than 8lbs, that's why I'm not sure if it's still too heavy?
     
  10. Madison

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    Personally I'd be looking for a swamp ash, lighter tele. I have a pine LsL that weighs just under 7 lbs. Those lightweight, resonant guitars are addicting.
     
  11. leodiditright

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    It is an ash body tele. I don't know how's the tone of a pine body tele.
     
  12. K-Line

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    7.44 lbs is heavy if you think it is. Do not worry about what many other's say as it is all relevant.
     
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    Nope sounds like a good weight to me. I owned a CS Nocaster that was right around 7 lb. and it felt (and sounded) great - probably one of the lightest Tele's I've even played. My benchmarks (for Telecasters, anyway) are anything under 8 is light, and anything over 9 - 9.5 is heavy. And anything over 10 is TOO heavy. Had a '52 American reissue that was 10+, and a boat anchor. Got rid of it just because of the weight.
     
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    Sounds about right. Most are 7-7.5 range. The super light ones have there own sound. JE smith did an interview awhile back on this.
     
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    I think the pine teles sound good, and they are real light. Here's a clip I made a couple nights ago with the pine tele. Sorry for parts of it, I was playing along with an actual song so it sounds kind of busy at times...but you can hear the tone of the lsl okay.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNuo1OSH5P4
     
  16. leodiditright

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    What's the tone of the super light ones? brighter? thinner? airy?
     
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    I think there mid scooped compared to a 7-7.5 pounder
    I have a 6lbs and a 7-7.5lbs and the 7lbs has more bottom end punch like a les paul. The GE smith interview talks about this too.
     
  18. Polynitro

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    depends how they rounded...7.441 is a lot different than 7.442 for example.
     
  19. street

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    7.5 lbs is totally doable on a Tele.
    Wouldn't worry me a bit.
     
  20. stevieboy

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    When you're talking about how the weight feels, a half a pound is actually quite a bit for electric guitars.

    Tone is less predictable. I think teleblaster is on the right track as far as tendencies go. I like to say the light ones tend to be "spanky'" but I don't even know what I mean by that exactly! :bonk
     

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