- Apr 24, 2002
I compared so many. I have a store with huge inventory and as with all my guitars, they let me choose from many, many until I find what I like. I have not found a very light Les Paul that could compete with the moderately light 8.8-9.2 lb ones I ended up with. I know guys with sub 8lb versions they claim are very toneful, yet when compared to my heavier than their guitar, straight up, side by side, same amp, those claims fall apart and the featherweights fail to impress.I have an R7 that comes in at 7.9 lbs (not chambered). I've never noticed any deficiency in tone and the weight was really the deciding factor in my buying it.
I'll bet you only chose that guitar on weight alone. Because that was what you wanted. Like everyone I've met with one..
In every case the guitar was chosen merely because it was so light. When they'd tell me about the guitar it was all about how light it was and that is the only thing that was compared. I'm not impressed by featherweight, punkwood solidbody Les Pauls. They literally don't measure up. There may be some that do but in 50years of searching I haven't found one. They are not awful, more average or generic, imo.
BTW after decades of 11lb+ Les Pauls sub 9lbs is light.