Join Strat-Talk Today

What Weight Range Do You Consider "Light" For a Fender Strat?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by ozshadow, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. Blackmore Fan

    Blackmore Fan Senior Stratmaster

    Messages:
    3,247
    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2010
    Location:
    The Midwest
    Come on guys, a pound here or there won't make any real difference--we're not running a marathon with it, and its weight is distributed upon on a strap.
     
  2. bbigd0

    bbigd0 Strat-Talk Member

    Messages:
    20
    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2012
    Location:
    USA
    I got a Blond Japanese Strat in the high 6 lbs a while back. Changed out those horrible Pickups it came with for Quiet Mojotones. The second I picked it up I knew it was for me. Couldn't believe a Strat could be so light. It is certainly the end of my Strat search.
     
  3. Mudman

    Mudman Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    34
    Messages:
    92
    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2019
    Location:
    Upstate NY
    I consider 7.5-8.5 normal for a strat. Under that would be light. My tele is 6.8 and it feels like a feather next to my other guitars.
     
  4. datsunrobbie

    datsunrobbie New Member!

    Age:
    55
    Messages:
    3
    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2011
    Location:
    West Haven, CT
    Both my Aerodyne strats (no pickguard) weigh in at 7.0 lbs, my American Standard is 8.1 lbs. and my Acoustasonic is 6.2 lbs.

    After messing around with very wide straps I got hooked on the Dimarzio stretch strap.
     
  5. Kmanshaman

    Kmanshaman Strat-Talk Member

    Messages:
    56
    Joined:
    May 3, 2013
    Location:
    Arlington Heights, Illino
    What kind of scale is everyone using? Hanging? Something like this?
    [​IMG]
     
  6. freddairy

    freddairy Strat-Talker

    Age:
    38
    Messages:
    134
    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Location:
    chicago
    Alder or Ash?

    I have a 7.75 '56 RI that feels just right
    a 7.5 '56 RI that feels light. Both being Alder. I think anything at 7.5 feels light for me as far as a Strat goes. Up to 8lbs feels regular.

    I have two '54 RIs at 6.9lbs and they feel pretty light.
     
  7. Strat it up

    Strat it up New Member!

    Age:
    42
    Messages:
    6
    Joined:
    May 10, 2018
    Location:
    Greece
    My CS61 strat is about 7.12 lbs and feels light. Not like a feather but light. My Jeff Beck strat is about 7.8 lbs that feels ok.
     
  8. Fretcat

    Fretcat New Member!

    Age:
    61
    Messages:
    2
    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2019
    Location:
    Cologne
    My favourite Strat I bought new in 1976 weighs nearly 3,5 kg which is 7,7 lbs. No additional routings under the pickguard. I really love it but in order to keep it in good condition I play it only on concerts and a bit before.
     

    Attached Files:

  9. Smokey3

    Smokey3 Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    60
    Messages:
    505
    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2019
    Location:
    Dalton Georgia
    I like a heavier guitar they just seem to hang better
    But I really don't care as long as I like the guitar.
     
  10. RolyG

    RolyG Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    74
    Messages:
    15
    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2019
    Location:
    Bath UK
    Lovely Looking Neck.
     
  11. Seymour Duncan

    Seymour Duncan Senior Stratmaster

    Messages:
    1,905
    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2015
    Location:
    Santa Barbara, CA, USA
    I'd consider 7lbs light, but I like them even lighter (a Music Man, at 6.4lbs is my main guitar). A pound here or there absolutely makes a difference if you are a a pro player who stands for hours at a time and has some back injuries/ issues.
     
  12. navigate40

    navigate40 Strat-Talker

    Age:
    64
    Messages:
    168
    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2017
    Location:
    SE FL
    If you have any kind of chronic pain in your shoulder, upper arm muscle pain, back pain ... all of which are pretty common....a half a pound can make a difference.

    Agree that 7 lbs is nice. Got that in a new PRS Zach Myers (semi-hollow). Wonderful quality, great tone and playability. 6 lbs, 14 oz.

    But, I was able to knock 8 oz off my strat by simply replacing the neck plate with bushings and using an aluminum trem block. It is now 7 lbs, 4 oz...which is nice.

    Knocked 4 oz off my tele by using plastic knobs and replacing the neck plate. 7 lbs, 6 oz. This is now the upper limit of what I consider to be acceptable...for me.
     
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2019
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.