What is acceptable weight for a strat and other questions about buying online...

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  1. T92780

    T92780 Silver Supporting Member

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    Try to stay between 7.25 and 7.50 lbs.
     
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    hunter Supporting Member

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    If I liked em either is OK with me.
     
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    Lauri Vennonen Member

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    Is this a feel or tone thing to you? My idea is that less weight makes the guitar easier to handle and play but is there a consensus does weight make difference in tone? I'm not exactly small but not a weightlifter either.

    What I've been looking at are like 2000-2400€ and around 8.3 lbs. To get a CS Strat in the 7 lbs range I would need to spend around 3900€. Or really wait and try my best to find a great deal.
     
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    My preference for lighter guitars is all about the comfort. From a sound standpoint you can find exceptional and not so exceptional examples throughout the entire weight range from light to heavy, imho.

    Btw, another thing to consider is resale value. Nowadays lighter guitars are generally in higher demand than their heavier counterparts. Imho, 8.3 lbs is too much for a strat but ymmv.
     
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    Jazzandmore Gold Supporting Member

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    Just out of curiosity, as you are in Finland, any used Ruokangas VSOPs you can get your hands on to play?
     
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    My tele weighs as much as my LPs (ballpark).
    I seem to attract boat anchors.
     
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    Lauri Vennonen Member

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    I think I could, they are not in shops ut his workshop is relatively close. I prefer his tele-style guitars though.
     
  8. Lauri Vennonen

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    Exactly. I guess there's reason some used cs strats are cheaper than others.
     
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    No_Stairway Supporting Member

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    The exceptable weight is less than a '78 Les Paul
     
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    I used to think this, until I bought a CS LP Special that was about 1/4 lb heavier than my R9, so 9 and 1/4 lbs vs just under 9 lb even.

    It made a huge difference over a 3 hour rehearsal or 3 set gig. The Special left me with serious shoulder and back pain the next day, whereas with the R9, I was fine. (Weight distribution is a factor, too.)
     
  12. MkIII Renegade

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    I've never weighed a Strat in my entire life, and have no plan to start now. I determine if it sounds good or not and if I like it or not, and that's it. :wave
     
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    Call me “crazy”. I have no Idea how much my guitars weigh....

    Lloyd
     
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    Under 8 lbs is good. Strats are weird if too heavy, and also weird if too light.
     
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    Less than 8 lbs for a guitar. 7.5 lbs is the sweet spot for me.

    Bass limit is 9.5 lbs for me
     
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    Vintage strats were light but not necessarily unduly so. My '63 weighs 7 lb 8.5 oz, and it's totally comfortable and sounds great. I remember picking up some '70's strats that were ridiculously heavy.

    Telecasters should be lighter like 7.25 max IMHO. No steel block.
     
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  17. RC Mike

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    Asking others about their guitar weight and cost preferences is a lot like asking them what kind of pizza they like. You’ll get a lot of answers that don’t have anything at all to do with your personal preferences.
     
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    thesjkexperienc ^^^ I made this guitar^^^

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    I try and keep Strats between 7.25 and 7.75 pounds. Too light and the tone can suffer, but too heavy and you suffer.
     
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    For me Strats are like women, you don’t want one too heavy. They’re all a little different and some are a real pain in the a$$. I’d say under 8 pounds....
     
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