Light (in weight) telecasters

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NeillNeill Frets: 373
edited January 12 in Guitar
I have a Hohner tele which I've had for some years, nothing wrong with it except it is really heavy.  I never used to notice this but as I am getting on a bit and I only ever play standing up I find I hardly touch the tele these days.  

I know some of the cheap strats are pretty light but I also know cheap doesn't necessarily mean light.

Also, the fretboard radius on the Hohner is 12" I think and I fancy something a bit smaller.

Any suggestions?

(Before someone suggests why don't I just visit my LGS it's a 100 mile round trip.)  
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  • steersteer Frets: 257
    Squire Affinity
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  • Ask the seller to weigh before you buy. Pretty much any Tele is potentially light but it’ll depend on the pieces of wood it is made from 
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  • I ask for weight from the seller. If they won’t weigh it, I look elsewhere. I also post the weight in any ads I put up. For guitars and parts anyway. Not for pedals.
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  • CountryDaveCountryDave Frets: 147

    I ask for the weight. 

    My main guitar is a tele that is featherweight, love it to bits.  My mate has one that would make an excellent boat anchor.  Does my shoulder in playing it for any length of time.  He loves it.

    I've walked away from a nice playing guitar before because I knew I couldn't get through a full 3 hr gig playing it.

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  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 3962

    They can vary even within the same model depending on the wood they are made from.  Custom Shop ones are consistently light in my experience if you can afford one.

    In the lower ranges you could easily find a significant difference in weight between two supposedly "identical" guitars. 

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  • ricorico Frets: 930
    If it is any help at all my US Pro Tele weighs in at 3.5kg or 7.7lbs
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  • NeillNeill Frets: 373
    rico said:
    If it is any help at all my US Pro Tele weighs in at 3.5kg or 7.7lbs
    I've just weighed my Hohner - it's just over 10lbs or 4.5 kg if you like so we are in boat anchor territory..  Until I put it on the scales I didn't realise it was that heavy.   It is made out of Maple, (most teles are Alder bodies are they?) but even so I'm surprised the weight difference should be so great.  Anyway I suspect anything else is going to be lighter.  
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  • guitarfishbayguitarfishbay Frets: 7208
    edited January 12
    Neill said:
    rico said:
    If it is any help at all my US Pro Tele weighs in at 3.5kg or 7.7lbs
    I've just weighed my Hohner - it's just over 10lbs or 4.5 kg if you like so we are in boat anchor territory..  Until I put it on the scales I didn't realise it was that heavy.   It is made out of Maple, (most teles are Alder bodies are they?) but even so I'm surprised the weight difference should be so great.  Anyway I suspect anything else is going to be lighter.  
    It’s all relative.

    My Les Paul is 11.5lbs.

    My Singlecut is 9.5lbs. 

    Theyre broadly sinilar in spec

    Some people think my SC is heavy, to me it feels like a feather compared to my Gibson.
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  • Strat54Strat54 Frets: 992
    edited January 12
    I've a sub 7lb old school masterbuilt 90's '54 Tele from the Custom Shop....if you've a spare £4k?

    or this is in the Classifieds from another member...

    http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/121322/fender-road-worn-tele#latest
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 5870
    American Vintage 52, typically a nice light Tele

    Michael Fish is God

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  • ClashmanClashman Frets: 164
    Try tying helium balloons to the guitar more balloons =lighter guitar.
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  • 100 mile round trip to the find the right guitar is sod all. 
    The Bigsby was the first successful design of what is now called a whammy bar or tremolo arm, although vibrato is the technically correct term for the musical effect it produces. In standard usage, tremolo is a rapid fluctuation of the volume of a note, while vibrato is a fluctuation in pitch. The origin of this nonstandard usage of the term by electric guitarists is attributed to Leo Fender, who also used the term “vibrato” to refer to what is really a tremolo effect.
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  • thermionicthermionic Frets: 4996
    Thinline.

    Or if it’s still too heavy, Thinline, but with helium in the f-holes.

    (This is a joke - He He He!)
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  • simonksimonk Frets: 1172
    What about a Thinline of some description? My current number 1 is a Suhr Alt T Pro (their Thinline offering), its joyously light and probably my favourite ever gigging guitar.
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  • stevebrumstevebrum Frets: 4379
    edited January 12
    +1 for a thinline it should be around 6 - 6.5lbs. 
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  • NeillNeill Frets: 373
    Clashman said:
    Try tying helium balloons to the guitar more balloons =lighter guitar.
    Thinline.

    Or if it’s still too heavy, Thinline, but with helium in the f-holes.

    (This is a joke - He He He!)
    You won't believe this, I used to work in a Helium factory but I quit.  I won't be spoken to in that tone of voice.


    (It's my thread and I'll tell any crappy joke I like.)
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  • WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 2034
    If you can find one, the Telebration series “Empress” Teles were ridiculously light. Most were south of 6lbs. 

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=29VAe0w7RBI
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  • Strat54Strat54 Frets: 992
    Whitecat said:
    If you can find one, the Telebration series “Empress” Teles were ridiculously light. Most were south of 6lbs. 

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=29VAe0w7RBI
    Is that guy skulking around outside in the black hoodie about to rob the place? Nice out of tune demo there Reidys.....
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  • WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 2034
    Yeah, sorry, first video that came up in a quick search on mobile at the moment. Hopefully it’ll open a rabbit hole either way. 
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  • impmannimpmann Frets: 7519
    Any Tele that weighs more than 8lb is too heavy.
    No need or reason for it to be any heavier other than poor wood choice.
    Never Ever Bloody Anything Ever.

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  • BazPBazP Frets: 289
    edited January 12
    I recently got a Thinline and I’ve been comparing it to be regular Tele - deffo a touch lighter ( and the Thinline is Ash vs Alder for the other and has a fat, solid Rosewood neck vs Maple) and at least as resonant.

    Downsides are the contols (vol and tone are lower and closer together) and even more neck dive (I didn’t expect anything less with the rosewood neck)

    They don’t sound the same but both sound great and unmistakably Tele
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  • NeillNeill Frets: 373
    BazP said:
    I recently got a Thinline and I’ve been comparing it to be regular Tele - deffo a touch lighter ( and the Thinline is Ash vs Alder for the other and has a fat, solid Rosewood neck vs Maple) and at least as resonant.

    Downsides are the contols (vol and tone are lower and closer together) and even more neck dive (I didn’t expect anything less with the rosewood neck)

    They don’t sound the same but both sound great and unmistakably Tele
    I wonder if Hohner deliberately made their version heavier in the body to counter this, I played the guitar for the first time in ages this evening and there certainly isn't a hint of neck dive, but after 20 minutes or so the weight made it so uncomfortable. 

    I recall an Ibazez semi I had once, this thing was so out of balance if you let go of the neck it turned upside down, that's always been my reservation about the Thinline tele but I have to find a light guitar if I want to keep playing, I hate getting old. 
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  • "It is made out of Maple, (most teles are Alder bodies are they?) ... "

    A maple body will be heavier than a "normal"  alder/ash telecaster


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  • BazPBazP Frets: 289
    With regard to neck dive - you just get used to it and automatically compensate - not something that would be a deal breaker for me.

    To optimise resonance, I think  a guitar should have chunky neck and a light body, so you could even argue dive is a good indicator? ;-)
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 3471
    Whitecat said:
    the Telebration series “Empress” Teles were ridiculously light. 
    Same goes for the 2011 USA La Cabronita and the Brown's Canyon / Old Growth Red Wood models.




    "It's no wonder the Pacific Ocean is blue."
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  • rossirossi Frets: 481
    edited January 13
    My Tele has a cheap  paulowonia body I got from a local guy for 20 quid .It even had a belly cut which I prefer.its a pile of shit but works .The  neck pocket is slightly too deep and angles towards the back which makes fitting my MIM replacement neck just plain weird .it also sets the neck a fraction too deep and make the fret board  slightly nearer to the body  which actually makes playing up in the gods easier for me .I wish I could find another body like it as I have no idea from whence it came .most people thinks it a vintage fender at a glance because its relicing very nicely all on its  own due to a very thin poly coat .It has Van Zandt true vintage pickups and plays very well and if you let go tends to start floating up to the ceiling .,slight exageration .Very resonant .I would like a better fitting neck pocket  and often wonder about getting  a guitar body builder to  make a proper one though I doubt it would be any better to play.
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 434
    edited January 13
    Michael Kelly does an "enlightened" range of Teles which are 6lbs or less 

    www.michaelkellyguitars.com/en/ultralight-guitar
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