Weight again - got out the scale

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  1. Mpcoluv

    Mpcoluv Supporting Member

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    I went and weighed my main guitars tonight...
    Interesting that I “say” I want light guitars but the ones I have kept are:

    Pine telemaster w/ boatneck -7 lbs
    Gretsch 6120 Jr2 -7.25 lbs
    Ash Mary Kay parts caster w/boatneck - 7.5 lbs
    EBMM AL mm-90 - 8 lbs
    PRS DGT - 8.5 lbs

    All measured on a fish scale.
    I think a sub 7 lb guitar might be harder to build than I thought.
    For those of you that put weight as a criteria, what do your favorites weig?
     
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  2. Rod

    Rod Tone is Paramount Supporting Member

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    My electrics, Usually 7 to 8 lbs... My Martin GP X Series though comes in at 5 lbs! :)
     
  3. atquinn

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    Anything under 8 lbs is light as far as I'm concerned.

    Austin
     
  4. DCross

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    Whose woods these are?
    7-7.5 is my zone for tele and strat types, but if it's a Les Paul I can push it up to about 8.5.
     
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    Not really if it is a Telecaster style.
     
  6. 3of5

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    Two partscasters.
    Mustang is Warmoth swamp ash and USACG maple neck. 6.1lbs.
    Strat is Warmoth 7/8 chambered alder with 24" USACG roasted maple neck. 6.6 lbs.

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    I don't like light guitars because they have any special tonal properties. I like light guitars because....well, because I just like them light.
     
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  7. Killed_by_Death

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    Having a ultra-light guitar isn't a problem, but a bass starts to get neck dive under 7-1/2 lbs..
     
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  8. Badstrat

    Badstrat Silver Supporting Member

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    I don't think a fish scale is gonna be accurate. Those 7lbs guitars are probably 9 lbs.
     
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  9. Unexplainedbacon

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    6-7.5lbs works for me. My Anderson is 6.4 and glorious. PRS is 7.4 and acceptable
     
  10. Bob Arbogast

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    I would expect a fish scale to lie in the other direction.;)
     
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  11. Mpcoluv

    Mpcoluv Supporting Member

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    I think it's easily within a half pound of being accurate :D
     
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    edwarddavis Silver Supporting Member

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    I need 7.454366 pounds exact for the perfect tone and comfort and mojo vibe
     
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  13. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Silver Supporting Member

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    Yes, but what was the weight of the one that got away?
     
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  14. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Silver Supporting Member

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    Neck dive?
     
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    My Reverend Sensei Junior is 7.7 lbs...with a Bigsby on it. My S style partscaster is dead on 8 lbs. I haven't weighed my Epi Dot, but it definitely feels heavier than the other two.
    Still, I consider all of my guitars to be on the light side. And I don't really want anything lighter than the Reverend, that's about my limit. Get a guitar too light, and it doesn't balance right imo. Only way I'd be ok with a lighter guitar is if it were headless.
     
  16. Mpcoluv

    Mpcoluv Supporting Member

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    Ron Kirn is your man then!
     
  17. Ron Kirn

    Ron Kirn Gold Supporting Member Vendor

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    there ya go.... if you're serious, get a serious scale.... otherwise.. scat.... :p

    rk
     
  18. muzishun

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    My 8.5 pound lp feels lighter even. I think because it's an lp, and you expect weight? My other is ten pounds and feels all of them.

    For strats they start to feel too heavy around nine lbs.
     
  19. hunter

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    This logic always seemed odd to me. It is like a which is heavier, 10 lbs of lead or 10 lbs of feathers. Under 8.5 is plenty good whether it is feathers or lead.

    hunter
     
  20. stratoskier

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    I'm curious -- what type of scale do you recommend? I have a cheap luggage scale (the hanging type) that I don't trust for weights under 10 lbs, and a food weighing scale that isn't well suited for weighing anything large like a guitar body. When I'm selling something and a buyer asks for the weight, I'd like to be able to give them good info.
     

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