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DrKev
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Jun 10th, 2018 06:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A bouddy of mine has one of the thin bodied, weight relieved Les Paul Thin guitars. It's the best sounding, most versatile, most comfortable Les Paul I've ever played.

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Jun 10th, 2018 07:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Too many variables."

Spot on.

Ever play a Parker Fly? Pick it up and the first thing you think is something like, "this feels like it's made of balsa wood."

It feels like a cheap foam Boogie Board with a guitar neck on it.

And they ring!

reverendrob
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Jun 10th, 2018 07:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Ibanez 7 string that has an unspecified "mahogany" body....is lighter than sin. When I grab it off the stand, sometimes I do a double-take to see if the body fell off.

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Jun 10th, 2018 10:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had several. I had a 2012 that was weight relieved at around 10 lbs and a 2013 that was not weight relieved . It tipped the scales at around 13 lbs.

I have arthritis in my neck and finally realized I can get LPish tones with an 8.5 lb 335 without the pain. Now I have 2 and couldnt be happier .

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Jun 10th, 2018 03:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And if it doesn't have to be an actual LP, a friend of mine has an Ovation VXT which is a single cut chambered mahogany body electric with two Seymour Duncan 59's. Light, but with really nice classic tones. And the bonus of a Fishman piezo saddle system if you want acoustic sounds in stereo or blended with the pups. They never really caught on, but they are a great guitar and turn up on ebay from time to time.

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Jun 10th, 2018 05:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Weight-Relieved" That's why I play the "other Les Paul" you know, the one Gibson came out with in 1961.

reverendrob
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Jun 11th, 2018 02:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've tried the "other" - even owned one for a while to see if it would grow on me.

It just didn't speak to me in the same way that the right LP does as a platform, and I've tried quite a few over the years.

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Jun 11th, 2018 05:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The only Les-Paul-alike that really feels and sounds like an LP to me is a single-cut from PRS, and it's an import SE Marsden signature model. But as soon as you reach for a volume or tone control knob, you're reminded it's something else.

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Jun 11th, 2018 07:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^ Guild Bluesbird.


gdw3

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Jun 13th, 2018 02:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a 2008 LP Standard Plus that was weight relieved. Very nice guitar. It had tons of sustain. Not an LP expert, but it seemed like the chambering, though not specifically for that reason, seemed to contribute.

Achase4u

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Jun 13th, 2018 03:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I need some weight relieving on my body.

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Jun 13th, 2018 05:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'd recommend against chambering.





Achase4u

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Jun 13th, 2018 07:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Why's that? Carefully placed it may be ok. My heart already has chambers and it's mostly ok.

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Jun 14th, 2018 06:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As long as said chambers don’t leak, I don’t see a problem.

RicOkc

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Jun 27th, 2018 07:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Gibson Les Paul Trad. Plus is weight relieved and pretty heavy. I haven't gigged in years so playing standing up with it isn't an issue.

If I had to stand and play one I'd have to use my LP DC, or the '61 Les Paul Tribute/SG.

zenland

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Jun 27th, 2018 10:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm actively looking for a Les Paul to buy. Ive found one but its nine pounds. I would like something lighter but I could probably deal with the weight as long as it has a slim neck!

So, is 9 lbs a decent weight? My 335 is around 9 lbs. Digital bath scale says 8.8.

This is a 2016 Traditional Heritage Cherry

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Jun 27th, 2018 10:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If the guitar has the tone and plays up to your expectations, it's the one. 9lbs. is fine - especially if you are comfortable with it.

zenland

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Jun 27th, 2018 11:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Leftee !

I just want to get the right one, once! I'm willing to wait but this one looks great! Just need to know the neck size and then decide.

oops!

(This message was last edited by zenland at 01:50 AM, Jun 28th, 2018)

reverendrob
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Jun 27th, 2018 11:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Both mine are within spitting distance of 9 pounds even (8lb10oz and 9lb2oz, respectively).

Paradoxically, the heavier one feels lighter - perhaps it's a case of the balance of the mass of the wood etc.

But neither are substantially more of a burden than the 7lb 339.

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Jul 7th, 2018 05:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My new lester has the swiss cheese weight relief . I got it because it has managable weight for someone with neck issues. I had a 13 lb traditional and it was a beast. The tone between the two are indistinguishible. The only thing is when I play really loud I can feel air coming from the body of the guitar . ;-0.

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