Originally Posted by Liam
This was all started by Vic Da Pra IMO, when he said the ideal weight of a 'Burst was 8 lbs. Lots of other nonsense in that book as well.
In BOTB there are weights published for something like 28 Sunburst Les Pauls from 58-60. The lightest one weighs 8 lb. 2 oz., but the average is more like 8 lb. 11 oz. The heaviest weighs 9 lb. 11 oz.
Unfortunately all this has put pressure on Gibson to try and make lighter guitars. Although there is some correlation between weight and sound/sustain and all that, I don't feel the weight tells the whole story.
Have you played the R9 you are considering? My heavier Les Paul sounds "lighter" than my lighter one, if that makes sense (bit more resonant, woodier, less sustain and less "even"). I love them both.
I'm with Mike, although the consensus is different. I still prefer Customs for the heavier sounds, but I'm not sure it's just down to the weight.
Thanks for the info. I haven't had a chance to play it. I'm buying it from an online store. Since it is a custom shop guitar, I think I'll have a better guitar with more consistency that a Gibson USA standard Les Paul. Also it doesn't seem to be on the über light side of things.