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What is the best physically light electric guitar?
Old 6th April 2013
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What is the best physically light electric guitar?

I'm looking for a new guitar....trying to keep it on the inexpensive side as well. I want something with humbuckers too. Right now I have a welshire pro and the think is like a feather, super fun to play on stage because it is so light! Any ideas??
Old 6th April 2013
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The first guitar I ever owned was the lower end Js series Ibanez guitar back in the 90's- they are incredibly lightweight due the hollow design. The used ones would be pretty cheap. They aren't the greatest sounding guitars but the weight can't be beat.
Old 6th April 2013
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The *lightest* solidbody guitars I've ever tried are the now-discontinued Mira X and Starla X from PRS. The latter was available with 'buckers or P90s, the former with just 'buckers. They were the cheapest US-made guitars PRS ever made as well so second hand you should be able to find them for a good price.

Otherwise, hollowbody guitars sometimes are the lightest option...
Old 6th April 2013
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When you say light are you talking about lighter than a Les Paul (because that is almost every guitar out there. IMO. Lol.) Or are you talking lighter than a Stratocaster?
Old 6th April 2013
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Parker Fly?
Old 6th April 2013
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Not exactly electric but you won't find lighter: Yamaha SLG110S.

Old 6th April 2013
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Gibson SG Standards are usually pretty light...6-7lbs (sometimes even lighter).

If you are willing to go the P90 route, Epiphone Casino's, being hollowbodies, are super light (and cheap).
Old 6th April 2013
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Lightest guitar I've ever played is the Epiphone Cornet series (vintage original, not sure about the reissue.) Close second is the Parker Fly, but depends on what wood it's made from. The Epi is cheaper unless it's a mint condition first run with the batwing headstock, and gets a very flexible range of tones. If you have very big hands I would avoid it though, watching videos of Paul Gilbert playing one can be hilarious.
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Strats in general are very light, SG's, faded SG's, Ibanez S series (not all)

Hollowbodies are light but they have a sound of their own, which you may like or not.
Old 6th April 2013
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Check out a Gretsch Duo-Jet, Powerjet, Sparkle Jet, Double Jet or Jet Club (bolt-on neck), which are either a chambered or semi-hollow body in a Les Paul size. You probably don't want the Special Jet, which is solid.

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Old 6th April 2013
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There's always Steinberger...
Old 7th April 2013
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I would totally look at the SG if weight was a factor. Bad a$$ tone for such a lightweight.
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There's always Steinberger...
Urkh!
Old 7th April 2013
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Musicman Super Sport hard tail....chambered basswood body w/ maple cap....under 7 lbs. Plays like butter.
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Originally Posted by Whitecat ➑️
The *lightest* solidbody guitars I've ever tried are the now-discontinued Mira X and Starla X from PRS. The latter was available with 'buckers or P90s, the former with just 'buckers. They were the cheapest US-made guitars PRS ever made as well so second hand you should be able to find them for a good price.
I have a 25th Aniversary Mira with P90's. It's the lightest guitar I've ever owned. It's a nice guitar, but it's a little limited. I just haven't been able to get it to play the way I like. It's something about the bridge height and the angle of the neck that makes the action too light-weight, and the tone not meaty enough.

Did they make one with a bolt-on neck? If so, it might be preferable to the set-neck, so you can shim it the way you like.
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I have a 25th Aniversary Mira with P90's. It's the lightest guitar I've ever owned. It's a nice guitar, but it's a little limited. I just haven't been able to get it to play the way I like. It's something about the bridge height and the angle of the neck that makes the action too light-weight, and the tone not meaty enough.

Did they make one with a bolt-on neck? If so, it might be preferable to the set-neck, so you can shim it the way you like.
I've got one of those too, and I think the tone weakness is in part due to the middle-of-the-road Seymour Duncan P90s they supply... I've been meaning to switch mine out for some Lollars for some time, just haven't gotten around to it yet. Playability I guess is subjective, but I'm not unhappy with mine at all.

Anyway, it's definitely light, but not the lightest solidbody I've got. Haven't weighed it specifically but I've got a PRS KL1812 which is more or less a Standard 24 but with a solid korina body & neck that must be around 6 lbs. It's like a feather...

PRS have done quite a few bolt-ons throughout their history but none with P90s stock that I know of.
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I've got one of those too, and I think the tone weakness is in part due to the middle-of-the-road Seymour Duncan P90s they supply...
I can't quite judge the pickups, because I don't like the attack of the notes when playing unplugged. IMHO, an electric guitar has to sound good unplugged first, or there's nothing you'll be able to do to improve it.
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Never understood the love
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Urkh!


Haters have never played one, and fail to provide anything to back up their hate...



OP asked for the best light electric guitar, that is relatively inexpensive, and has humbuckers. OP did not offer any reason to suggest a Steinberger wouldn't be acceptable?

Now correct me if I'm wrong, but a Steinberger seems to fit the bill better than anything else suggested for solid body guitars, not to mention is likely the only balanced option.

Is it for everyone? NO. But for someone with chic fashion sense or a chronic back/shoulder problem...it could be the difference between playing out or not. OP did not state for what reason they desired a light weight guitar.


I'm surprised no one suggested just to lift weights and get some kind of 14 lb mutant Les Paul.
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Originally Posted by kslight ➑️
Haters have never played one, and fail to provide anything to back up their hate...



OP asked for the best light electric guitar, that is relatively inexpensive, and has humbuckers. OP did not offer any reason to suggest a Steinberger wouldn't be acceptable?

Now correct me if I'm wrong, but a Steinberger seems to fit the bill better than anything else suggested for solid body guitars, not to mention is likely the only balanced option.

Is it for everyone? NO. But for someone with chic fashion sense or a chronic back/shoulder problem...it could be the difference between playing out or not. OP did not state for what reason they desired a light weight guitar.


I'm surprised no one suggested just to lift weights and get some kind of 14 lb mutant Les Paul.
They play funny. And I don't like the way they sound. And they require special strings. And I don't much care for the vibrato. And the tuning system.

The whole concept seems like a gimmick.

And Oh, yes, I have definitely played one, although not for long and not for quite a while - I like real guitars.
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They play funny.
They play like you get them set up, I don't even know what that's supposed to mean.


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And I don't like the way they sound.
They sound like any other guitar with EMGs, which divides people for some reason. Big deal, change them out if you don't like them, that's what people do.

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And they require special strings.
I agree their special strings are annoying, if only for the simple fact you usually can't buy them in stores...you buy them in bulk online...which anybody with any sense will do anyway for any other guitar. Problem solved. Even then, you don't have to use the double ball strings, most especially modern ones come with an adapter.

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And I don't much care for the vibrato.
Whammy bars are stupid anyway, of course you hate it. Buy one without.

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And the tuning system.
Yeah I'm going to have to agree that having a guitar that stays in tune for the whole gig is something to complain about?

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The whole concept seems like a gimmick.
Like a whammy bar on a guitar?

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I like real guitars.
I don't think you like anything, from what I've seen you participate in on this forum. And just because you're a Steinberger-phobe doesn't make it not a real guitar.


Do you have anything constructive to add or is this all you do?


You may say you like real guitars...but this is all I hear:

Old 8th April 2013
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Try any swamp ash Telecaster, P90's if you like, don't weigh much, got a fixed bridge and sound great...
Old 8th April 2013
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If you're going to be spending over $1000.00 I would recommend a Ernie Ball MusicMan Silhouette Special - HSS. It feels significantly smaller/lighter than a Strat.
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Try any swamp ash Telecaster, P90's if you like, don't weigh much, got a fixed bridge and sound great...
I find ash Teles to be all over the map, weight-wise, whether of the 'swamp' variety or not.

There are light ones out there but there are also bloody heavy ones... like, Les Paul heavy.
Old 8th April 2013
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SG standard or Sg jr..

Stay away from the faded ones.

Light and well balanced. very versatile. very easy to play..
Old 8th April 2013
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the original USA-made (now discontinued) Reverend guitars were VERY light great sounding (and great playing) guitars ... not to be confused with their current korean (?) production line, I'm talking about the ones with the tone chambers and the banjo armrest, these ones:
Reverend USA Guitar Models
Old 8th April 2013
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I was going to suggest a 50's Guild Aristocrat w/P90 style pups. But not new and probably out of the price rance at 2500-3K.

Sound, fat as hog; weight, light as a feather; perfect balance. Feel and look of a Paul.
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How about this one?

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And they require special strings.
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I agree their special strings are annoying, if only for the simple fact you usually can't buy them in stores...you buy them in bulk online...
I'm going to hazard a guess that there might not have been such a thing as "online" when JE last played a Steinberger. There certainly wasn't the last time I tried one.

As for me, they seemed like an OK idea, but I remember the sound being pretty boring. IMHO, a guitar has to sound good unplugged before it can sound good plugged in. For bass, it was a more tolerable idea. Of course, the OP is free to develop his own opinion, and they're certainly worth a try.
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I'm going to hazard a guess that there might not have been such a thing as "online" when JE last played a Steinberger. There certainly wasn't the last time I tried one.
Lol
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