Best Weight for a STRAT?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Strat-Man-Do, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. Strat-Man-Do

    Strat-Man-Do Senior Stratmaster

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    So what do you all go for in this department? I could could say that NOW when I look around at Strats or any guitar. I pick it up FIRST and if its HEAVY from that moment? I don't even play it!!!!

    I like my Strats around 7lbs and lighter if possible. My Classic Vibe 60 is 6lbs. Part of where the LOVE comes from.

    But hey I accepted 8lbs even with my US Deluxe. But hell I been looking at them for a couple years. Bad matched body grains, Fret sprout, and just not an acceptable finish in Stock. Was nice to find a Great Player with excellent grain and Decent weight.

    But thts my limit 8lbs. AND I prefer weight relieved Gibson LPs. Their I said it. A Ten lb LP will get zero play by me,
     
  2. K-Line

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    No magic bullet here. Weight does not matter. Play it, if it sings then it is the one. I like the 7.75 to 8lbs range myself. It feels like you have a guitar hanging on you but will not take you to therapy for a bad shoulder either.
     
  3. ArlenBucy

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    I personally like a heavy guitar. Its just feels good and solid to me. I play a strat so obviously its not a huge factor in my selection, tone is. I especially like a heavy bass. Heavy and long like a Rickenbacker 4001.
     
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    i guess 7.25 to 7.75 is a nice weight, i don't see too many lighter strats than that
     
  5. StratmanNick

    StratmanNick Senior Stratmaster

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    I did a thread on this a while ago after Strat weights came into a conversation

    Strat Man Do I'd be surprised if you'd get a Strat sub 7lbs though would like to know if folks do have superlight Strats.

    My lightestest Fender Strat is a 7lb MIJ, lovely for gigging. MIJ Squier and Am Std Nat Ash both 7.5lb and finally US '62 VRi is I think 8lb but might be 8 1/2lb, cant quite remember. Heavy enough (I'm not a big guy) as I actually gig this guitar the most.
     
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    I don't like guitars to be too heavy, I have a bad back.
     
  7. Strat-Man-Do

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    My Lonestar 01 is 7lbs and my Classic Vibe build is 6. I have a Jay Turser thats High 5.9. But I would say the average Strat is 7-1/2 to 8-1/2, I LOOK for LIGHT though. Hey my US Deluxe weighs 8lbs and sounds and feels AWESOME. I get real happy when their Light and Sound Great. My Lonestar is a great sounding Strat. I tried to get the You Tube clip of it in action. But I can't get it posted on this forum?
     
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    I have no idea but my CS Clapton feels just right.....so whatever weight that is is the one, lol. :D
     
  9. StratmanNick

    StratmanNick Senior Stratmaster

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    Get the scales out Eight Ball but just don't let anyone catch you doing it.

    Luckily my family already know I'm odd
     
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    6.2lb 'ish, but they're foot scales and the weight wasn't spread properly I bet, it's a smaller 57 body too so will be a little less naturally, I'm guessing 7lbs. ;)
     
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    Weight yourself and then weight again holding Strat and bingo.
     
  12. rocks

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    I've never really worried too much about the guitars weight - except for when I had a Les Paul recording bass. It was like wearing a Hammond B3 around your neck, but it sure sounded great.
     
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    7.5 lbs is perfect for me. I have an 8lb Strat that feels too heavy.
     
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    My HW1 is my heaviest at 7lbs 15oz
    My '72 Deluxe Tele's 7lbs 2oz
    My CS '69 is 7lbs 10oz

    I like the weight of my Tele. I've always found the Highway heavy, but all of them are really resonant guitars. I really think it's about the tone at the end of the day.
     
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    No more than 6.5 pounds. I think they sound better when they are lighter.
     
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    I cant stand guitars any lighter than my current strat -- it weighs in at an earth shattering 8.7lbs. Very heavy for a strat, but its a notoriously heavy natural ash 70s RI. I LOVE it ... lighter ones feel cheap

    Jake
     
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    I like 'em heavy. Never weighed them, but my main axe(partscaster) is as heavy as a friend's LP Studio. But if it sounds good and is also light, I won't turn it away.
     
  18. Strat-Man-Do

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    Ya my Deluxe feels a little heavy at 8lbs. But damn its a nice sounding/looking Strat.
     
  19. K-Line

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    You can get them light, I have had 1 piece ash bodies that were right at 2lbs 13 ozs. Built out at 6lbs even. Played it for 5 minutes and scrapped the build, had to source a new body. Weight has is simply a pre-conceived idea that it is going to sound good if you like light guitars and heavy ones will not stand a chance. Open your mind to the tone, feel, how it hangs, what does it sound like un-plugged. These are the things to get hung up on, not weight!
     
  20. cmatthes

    cmatthes Strat-Talk Member

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    I've never weighed any of my Strats. That being said, I have a Korina Strat body that weighs in at just under 3 lbs.



    It's a doubleneck too!