Les Paul weight suggestions!

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  1. stratus

    stratus Supporting Member

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    I'm basically a die hard strat player for the last 30 years and was thinking of getting a Les Paul! I have been seeing alot of beauties lately here, and it's definetely been piquing my interests. Weight is a major concern as I like my strats around 7.5 on the scale. As far as an LP goes, I know I'm in 8-9 pound territory. Any suggestions?:YinYang
     
  2. trisonic

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    Yes, I know it is a pain, but do NOT buy a Les Paul by weight.

    My second favourite Lester of all time weighs in at 11.5 pounds but has a beautiful Mick Taylor/Crusade tone to die for.......I still own it.

    Always buy a Lester that speaks to you, sounds and plays good.

    Best, Pete.
     
  3. tybone

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    If weight is a major concern then get an ES-339. Seriously....especially if you looking at a les paul standard. My 339 has most of the balls of my les paul Custom, is a little brighter than the custom, can give me the mellow tone and feel and is less than 8 pounds.
     
  4. buckwild

    buckwild Silver Supporting Member

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    This is great advice. I think people get a bit too hung up on the weight of Les Pauls. I think being comfortable with the neck carve is more important.
     
  5. FFTT

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    I was gonna say an ES 339 , or a Grosh or Collings semi-hollowbody.
     
  6. Drew68

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    Les Pauls are heavy. There's just no way around it. Even my "weight relieved" 2000 Classic tips the scales at 10.5 lbs.

    One suggestion is a wide strap to disperse the weight across your shoulders.
     
  7. Sniper-V

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    The problem is with a guitar that plays and sounds well at +11 lbs, is that it will be impossible for me to play for long periods of time. My back would probably go out before the end of the gig.
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    I hold weight in high regard with guitars let along LPs.

    With LPs, I favor the RI stuff and most of it is in the 8-9 lb range and still have tons of resonance and tone. Not like the weight relieved USA lines that sound and feel anemic to me.
     
  8. FFTT

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    Well you haven't mentioned your budget, but this little beauty
    comes in at 7.7 lbs.
    "Collings target weight for all of their LP style guitars is a remarkable 7.5 to 8.25 pounds".

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    And Grosh
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    8 pounds.

    And they can go lighter with semi-hollowbodies.

    I like the Les Paul Special type P-90 versions from both builders.

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  9. RDM

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    I won't play ANYTHING over 12 fl oz.
     
  10. VegasGreg

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    FWIW, my buddy just got in 2 brand new chambered Les Pauls in his shop.

    I almost didn't believe it when I picked them up-I was all prepared to grab these heavy guitars, and I thought I'd drop them.

    I've never felt lighter Les Pauls in my life. Yes, they sounded really good.
     
  11. stratus

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    Thanks for the feedback guy's. I definetly got some idea's here and some of your LP's are truly gorgeous! Hey, FFTT, great collection you have there. I love that Grosh p90 red! Collings?
     
  12. Festus

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    I just bought a couple of Les Pauls that are fairly light and sound quite good. One is a 2007 standard that's chambered. I haven't weighed it, but it feels like about 8 lbs, maybe less. Another is an '02 standard, solid (no chambers) that weighs in at 8 lbs. 10 oz. It is possible to find a light Les Paul, just gotta sniff 'em out.
     
  13. Jon Silberman

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    Bingo. My LP VM (below) weighs in at around an even 7 lbs. I actually would have preferred, all things being equal, one around a lb. heavier but this is the one that spoke to me out of the many I tried which were all over the map on weight.

    I would disagree, rather strongly, actually, with the folks who are telling you to ignore the weight. What they're doing is projecting their preferences and needs onto you instead of listening to what you're telling them. I hear your preference for a lighter guitar, there's nothing wrong with it and a lot to commend it, you and only you know what your back can handle, your comfort level, etc. Lighter LPs don't necessarily sound worse or better than heavier ones, just different. One person here, for example, recently described his very light LP as having "almost a 335 vibe." Is that good or bad? The answer is it depends. Some people believe thicker sounding is always better and the opposite is by definition anemic. That's fine for them. Personally, the really thick sounding LPs don't match my music or tastes.

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  14. FFTT

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    I just put together examples of what was listed at FatSound, mostly sold.

    The red P-90 Set Neck is Grosh

    The black P-90 is a Collings 290

    Also impressed with the Anderson P-90 models.
     
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    I also have a VM and am very happy with it. Weight was a consideration for me, as my back is a POS. I also like plain Jane guitars.

    Go play a bunch, like Jon did, and pick the one that's right for you no matter the model.


    Good luck in your search.
     
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    My 2004 59R Cloud 9 weighs in at just 7.4 lbs.

    this is a tone Monster

    Real looker as well

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    My Epi Elititst LP Standard arrived today - weighs @ 8 lbs on my bathroom scale . Excellent sounding and playing guitar and the fit and finish is pure Japanese quality. Nicest neck carve of any Lester I've ever owned - I think I'll be hanging on to this one.
     
  19. TNJ

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    I try to use 9 lb as the cutoff.
    I have shoulder issues.

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  20. Rotten

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    I've done a ton of shopping for Les Pauls. I'm not sure I could find any consistancy with a certain class of weights. Some of the heavier ones were lively and some of the lighter ones were more on the fundamental, and vice versa.

    The two that I picked out were a 8.7 lb. R7 and a 9.1 lb. R8. They sound very different, but both excellent.

    I've played a very light ASAT Classic for the last 8 years and a very light 335 for 20 years before that. One thing that startled me with the Les Paul was how comfortabe it is; the weight dispurses really well. In comparison, my ASAT Classic feels neck heavy. With a fat strap, the weight is not an issue.
     

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