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Advice on Strat Purchase - weight?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by cyra, Nov 12, 2017.

  1. cyra

    cyra Strat-Talk Member

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    Havana Florida
    Spot on, this did play a major factor in the decision process:)

    Cheers!
     
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  2. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Wood is an organic material. It is very hard to tell a tree how it should grow. Also, ash can vary a lot more than other woods.
     
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  3. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Sheffield, UK
    These are nice and light.

    airguitar.jpg
     
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  4. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    And they have a nice "airy" tone.
     
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  5. Tim S

    Tim S Strat-Talker

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    Dec 31, 2015
    NYS
    Ash body weights are all over the place. After owning a 9.6 lbs Plus Deluxe, I won’t buy another guitar that weighs more than 8lbs. But everyone’s definition and tolerance of a “heavy guitar” is different.

    Alder body weights tend to be more consistent, FWIW.
     

  6. cyra

    cyra Strat-Talk Member

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    Havana Florida
    Just a couple of comments.

    The Guild I have came with pickups so I happen to already had a modelling amplifier. It is a Peavy Vypyr VIP-1. It's designed to amplify both Acoustic and Electric guitars. I am aware of the myriad of effects this amp can produce and I stand overwhelmed. In fact I rarely use it. I am pleasantly surprised you mentioned it is not necessary to use an amplifier with the Elite.

    "Practice, practice, practice", yep, I concur and and add "have fun!"

    Cheers!
     

  7. davidKOS

    davidKOS Musician, Composer, Teacher Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 28, 2012
    California
    The few times I have bought (and fortunately happily so) guitars on line and had a choice, I bought the lightest ones of the bunch.

    I always preferred lightweight lively instruments.
     

  8. davidKOS

    davidKOS Musician, Composer, Teacher Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 28, 2012
    California
    Heck, I won't play a BASS that weighs 8 pounds.

    6-7 is my range.

    If I could handle a heavy guitar I'd still own a Les Paul recording with those low-Z pickups.
    Talk about a boat anchor.
     
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  9. Eddie H

    Eddie H Strat-Talk Member

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    New York, NY
    My first guitar ever was a Gibson Les Paul Custom. I learned to play on a heavy guitar. That's how i feel the most comfortable.
     
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  10. nederemer

    nederemer Strat-O-Master

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    Look into the L.P. custom lite. I think it would be a good fit for you.
     
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  11. Tim S

    Tim S Strat-Talker

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    Dec 31, 2015
    NYS
    Geez. What was your first car?

    My first guitar was a second hand no-name Japanese electric I bought for $14.
     
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  12. Tim S

    Tim S Strat-Talker

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    Dec 31, 2015
    NYS
    You might want to check out a poster’s profile before making guitar suggestions. ;)
     
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  13. gaddis

    gaddis Strat-O-Master

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    Jul 27, 2008
    New York
    Cyra, I'm going to save you a whole lot of trouble. There is one, and only one criterion you should use when contemplating a guitar purchase. Imagine the guitar sitting on a stand in your house. If you can walk past it without picking it up, it's the wrong guitar. Nothing else matters.
     
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  14. Eddie H

    Eddie H Strat-Talk Member

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    Dad brought it for me at 14 to encourage me to play. I sold it at 18 for an ESP. What a d*ck head. Biggest regret of my life.
     
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  15. papergoblin

    papergoblin Strat-Talker

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    It's what happens when you fly too high too soon. You really don't know how good a Cadillac rides till you drive a Pinto, lol. I'm sure many of us have done the same to one extent or another, I have for sure.
     
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  16. himijendrix

    himijendrix Senior Stratmaster

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    May 2, 2012
    Barrow Upon Soar, UK
    Spot on, that's my understanding also.

    I wouldn't buy a guitar at 9+ lbs either, that's too heavy especially for gigging. The strat in my avatar is an ash CS deluxe, weighs a tad above 8lbs and is about right for me.
     

  17. johnnymg

    johnnymg Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca
    Congrats on the new Elite. It sure ticks off all of the 'modern' improvements. Post some pics once you get it.

    Did you pick on with a particular weight range? FWIW, I'm partial to gits that are under 7.5#. Ideally, close to 7# is my fav range.
     

  18. davidKOS

    davidKOS Musician, Composer, Teacher Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 28, 2012
    California
    I have tried Les Pauls - of course this was BEFORE weight-relieved Lester's - and decided the SG or 335 or 175 was a better instrument for me.

    Too late to change now! I'm just not a Les Paul guy.
     
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  19. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Senior Stratmaster

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    May 2, 2016
    Cranston, Rhode Island
    I love your incentive plan but just a word of caution. You're new and your taste is going to develop and change on what your looking for in a guitar. I really would suggest holding your money and get something a little less expensive until your sure of what mekes a guitar comfortable to you. Good luck
     

  20. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    My first really nice guitar was a '76 LP Standard. Total boat anchor, but I loved it. I regret selling it as well. I have owned several Les Pauls, and heavy is just part of their thing. My current LP is weight relived, and actually pretty light (for an LP).

    I currently have an ash bodied Strat that is my heaviest guitar. I don't know what the actual weight is, but it's a porker. I love that guitar though.

    I can handle heavy guitars, the only problem is I now have arthritis in my back and shoulders, so it ain't as easy as it used to be.
     
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2017
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