What lightweight guitar do you recommend?

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  1. DaniStrato

    DaniStrato Member

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    I currently have a strat which doesn't weight that much but after playing 4 sets a night for 6 days a week i end up really fatigued and tired, my back and my left shoulder too. I have 24 but i don't want to have any kind of health issues related to this. I don't know why but is difficult to find an used parker guitar in good condition which i would say it one the lightest guitars out there that i know of. So i would like to see what you recommend me?

    Under 1500$ or max 1800$ if is a really good guitar, versatile because i play from big band to metal and everything in between(i've seen people doing all this with a tele), with trem would be nice although i can stand and work with floyd roses bridges and yeah lightweight. I only have 1 guitar(the strat) and this would be my #2 so it will be a guitar that i will use a lot, everyday even.
     
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    Gibson Nighthawk. Versatile, lightweight, and in your price range. I’m a Nighthawk fan though and may be of interest for you to check out. It’s like a Fender-Gibson guitar.
     
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    Silhouette Special is pretty light.
     
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    Something headless. A Kiesel Osiris or Zeus would be in your price range. They could also chamber it to make it even a little lighter.
     
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    Don't assume Steinberger are lightweight, many are not.

    The old hollow body graphite L guitars ($$$) are light, but my '86 GM4T (wood body) is nearly 8.5 lbs.

    I'd check out Strandberg. I don't know the weight of mine offhand, but it's super lightweight - prob in the 5 lb range.
     
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  7. 9fingers

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    Strat with a chambered body and lightweight vintage slotted tuners (so it doesn't neck dive) takes a pound or 2 off a standard Strat (I have one with a Warmoth chambered body, quite nice). I also have 2 Parker Flys,amazing guitars if you can find a clean one; 4 1/2 and 5 pounds.
     
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    I’m considering a prs vela hollow body for this reason. Routinely in the low to mid 5lb range and same budget.
     
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    My PRS S2 Mira is around 5lbs, no neck dive either, you can stand with it for hours and you barely feel like anything is slung from you neck...
     
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    Swamp Ash bodied Strats... shop around.
     
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    A chambered Kiesel Vader is RIDICULOUSly light. Also you can get whatever pickup arrangement you want, despite the photos / specs.
     
  15. Daytona57

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    Fender Thinline Telecaster variants.

    YMMV
     
  16. brain21

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    Anything Korina. A semi-hollow korina weighs basically nothing. Reverend makes some. If you can go the partscaster route, you can get korina semi-hollow bodies from Warmoth as well. PRS too, but they can be pricey.
     
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    Surprisingly enough my Firebird is a fair bit lighter than my SG.
     
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  19. Harvester of Pain

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    I have a bad back, so I like the Ibanez SC420 for a lightweight solid body. They don't have the neck droop some of the other S-series suffer and they are ridiculously cheap (only available second hand) for the quality, although they benefit from a pickup swap. With your chosen pickups and the standard wiring, they can be very versatile, but if you love your strat in-between sounds you might be underwhelmed.

    As the OP alluded to, I find telecasters to be incredibly versatile despite their simplicity and as someone else mentioned, the thinline varieties are pretty light. My mahogany 69 thinline RI doesn't bother my bad back too much, but it suffers severe neck droop...
     

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