Les Paul Custom weight

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  1. Mercutio

    Mercutio Senior Member

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    For those of you who are lucky enough to have customs, what is the average weight of your guitar? I just got mine a few weeks ago, and its about 10 - 10.5 lbs, which seems on the high end, even for a custom. Is everyone else in the same boat? I'm just curious because I have yet to see a paul online that is that heavy. most top out at 9 - 9.5


    and for those of you who have non-chambered standards, what is the weight of yours? Thanks.
     
  2. floydbreeze

    floydbreeze Senior Member

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    I have a '84 Custom that weighs 10.1 lbs. I guess it has the weight relieved "swiss cheese" holes. I guess they haven't changed much over the last 20 some years.
     
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    My '76 Custom is a boat anchor at around 12 lbs. :)

    My '04 R9 weighs in at about 9.5

    BB
     
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    My '74 Custom is about 10.5. I think in the 10s is an average weight for a Custom. They are always a tad heavier than a standard.
     
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    I Think you're right. My 2007 Custom is 10.2 lbs. I love the weight - the sustain is absolutely magnificent... It's like Nigel Tufnel of Spinal Tap said - "You could go and have a bite, and you'd still be hearing that note..." LOL

    Rob
     
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    My 74 Custom was 12.5 lbs.

    Now hanging around Will Boggs, and gladly!
     
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    Greg i love that custom. MOJOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!
     
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    Mine is around 12.5-13lbs. HEAVY.... But as posted above, you could go have a bite and you'd still be hearing that one... :D
     
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    +1...it's a rock machine!

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  10. Tim Plains

    Tim Plains Senior Member

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    Mine's about 28lbs...that's right boys...I've got the heaviest!!

    Jk around 9.5 - 10lbs :rofl:

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    The LP customs from 1982 and older that had the 3 piece maple neck, is going to be heavier. Maple is heavier than Mahogany>>

    But>>> You can have two LP's the same year same( everything) and one will weight more than the other>

    reason.. The density of the wood>> I worked in a woodworking plant and we used Mahogany for the furniture we built>

    You can have two pieces of Mahogany same size and thickness and one will be a considerable amount heavier,

    Also the Density of the wood will change the tone of the guitar> Thats why you hear of that special guitar, that sounds better than all the rest.

    Rick
     
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    3 pc Maple necks started in '75, went into the 80s I think.
     
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    The last year for the 3 piece maple neck was 1982 for the Custom. I think they where still putting it on the Signature models guitars...Like the BB king model.

    So the 1983 Custom's should have been a bit lighter with the one piece Mahogany neck>

    Rick
     
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    Anyone have one of the new "improved" Chambered Customs? Curious to see what they weigh in at. I don't know when they made the switch - but they changed the spec info at the Custom Shop site in late '07 to show the LP Custom as being chambered...

    (edit - woops! it says "weight relieved," not "chambered." I'm an idiot - and "can't read good." :D)
     
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    it seems i was mistaken about custom weight. you guys must have some iron shoulders! before i bought the custom, i played a newer "weight relieved" standard side by side with it and it was VERY noticeable in (obviously) weight but also sound. not a bad difference, but still....
     
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    If I'm not mistaken, "customs" are not chambered. Even the new ones.
     
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    They make a custom chambered now guitar of the month. Its that antique blue color that looks green, and has a long neck tenon. I want one really really bad.

    My 2007 custom is just short of 11 lbs.
     
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    OK - my bad - so when they say "weight relieved" they're just talking about the standard "swiss cheese" holes?

    My mistake - its still business as usual, then?

    gibsoncustom.com
     
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    Right. I believe the USA customs (non historic) are still made with the swiss cheese holes just like all the guitars have since whenever they started doing it. My new custom sure as heck isn't chambered at 11lbs!
     
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    That one is a Beauty!

    Do you think they age the finish w/ UV light? I read that it really is blue under there, but they age the finish so that its a "yellow + blue = green" effect...
     

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