How heavy is too heavy?

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  1. golfnut

    golfnut Strat-Talker

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    I started thinking about lighter guitars about the age of 55 (5 years ago) The Internet let me know they existed. My back thanks the Internet.

    If I had a double neck I'd probably play it for a song or 2. My Strat\tele I play most of the night. If I played bass I guess I'd have to join a gym.

    Bring on Paulownia
     
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  2. hurricanebob

    hurricanebob Strat-Talk Member

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    Jerry Garcia's Tiger weighs 13.5 lbs
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  3. golfnut

    golfnut Strat-Talker

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    Maybe if he'd played a 7 pound strat he wouldn't have had a heart attack so young.
     
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    Ronkirn Most Honored Senior Member

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    yeah but the Dead without "Tiger" is like a Tiger without the stripes.. something's missing..
     
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    charlie chitlin Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    How deep is a hole?
     
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    Ronkirn Most Honored Senior Member

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    better question, how much dirt can ya get out of a hole 3 ft x 3 ft x 3 ft.?

    r
     
  7. diogoguitar

    diogoguitar Senior Stratmaster

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    after thinking about this for a long time, I learned that heaviness is a relative term.

    For strat players, a guitar starts to be "heavy" at 8.X pounds.
    For LP players, "heavy" is 10 lbs.
    For bass players, 10lbs is feather... lol

    Until very recently, I was very obsessed about weight. Now if a strat falls into the 7.9+/- 0.3 lbs, and a LP is in the range 8.5-9.1 lbs, I'm fine. I prefer lighter guitars because I play standing a lot. If a LP weighs 9.5lbs, it better be the ultimate LP in terms of sound, playability and feel.
     
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    Slyy Strat-Talk Member

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    I won't purchase a guitar over 7.5 pounds anymore. I flipped my heavier guitars years ago when I realized 4 hour gigs were becoming somewhat painful.

    My lightest guitar is a Mahogany Charvel Pro Mod weighing in at 6.2 pounds. Heaviest is my American Strat at 7.3 pounds. My others are somewhere in-between.
     
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    StummerJoe Senior Stratmaster

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    I have a bad back so if I'm standing I want nothing to do with anything 9lbs and over hanging off me for more than twenty minutes.

    8.5 lbs and under is tolerable for me.
     
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    BradL Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Guitar straps could do with a re-think IMO. Golf bags went cross-over years ago and are a big improvement. Baby harnesses work along similar lines for more even weight distribution, but in guitar world we labour on with single straps and perennially discuss guitar weight instead.
     
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    Around 4 kg or 9 lb is my limit. Both my Strat and Les Paul are on that mark.
    My ES 339 is definitely a full kg lighter, although I've never weighed it.
    It's very comfortable
     
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    I remember seeing one about ten years ago. It was a bit like a Sax strap.
    Frankly speaking though, it was real ugly IMO.
    But I see why it could be an asset for some.
     
  13. golfnut

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    I like the straps I have and have had a couple of them for years. Anything else is a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. I have my light guitars and its easy to find more if I need.
    The only ones I can see it being a problem for are those sellers trying to sell me their boat anchor or the guitar builder that would rather just sell me that heavy piece he has rather than take the time to give me what I want.
     
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    I thought my 76 Les Paul Standard was heavy at 10.8lbs. I bought it new when I graduated high school. It was my number 1 for many years. Now that I’ve had 2 major back surgeries I haven’t played that Les Paul standing up in almost 2 years.
     
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    I don't complain about guitar weight after playing the bass at church for years
     
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    Getting old is not for the faint of heart. I used to think nothing of playing my 9 lb. Les Paul or Strat all night, and come to the gig with a Twin Reverb to plug it into. I never considered weight. At around 60 I got a Fender Twin RI (low power). It weighs ONLY 53 lbs, my Strat and Tele that I gig with are 8 and 7 1/2 pounds respectively. I felt young again. These days, my Tweed Deluxe clone (25 lbs) is starting to feel heavier. :(:cool:
     
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    I have a '78 LP too. Back in the day, I knew it was heavy but couldn't care less (and besides we were told that the weight improved its sustain :rolleyes:). But now, it feels like a small child.

    On the other hand, i have some guitars that I could probably take on a jog.
     
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    9 lbs give or take.
     
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    Anything over 9 lbs. is undesirable
    Anything 7lbs or less is desireable to me.
    not that theres not an exception to the rule.
     
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    For Fender guitars, I personally have to draw the line at 8 lbs. I’ve had a Telecaster heavier than that, and it was such a drag (literally. On
    my left shoulder) to play after awhile. It really was too heavy, for me there is such a thing as too heavy and especially for Fender guitars.