- Feb 14, 2011
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What about the range of weights that you have seen on the 02' & 09' - 11' versions?
If available those years; can a really light one (I would prefer as close to 8 lbs as possible) sound great too or do heavier ones sound better or have better sustain?
Weights are all over the place. I've seen 01's and 02's just over 8 Ibs and 12's over 9IBs and vice versa.
In terms of tone the theory is that the heavier and denser the mahogany the darker the tone, but this is just a theory and in reality is not much of a rule. Some of the most famous Gibson Bursts from the 50's which are highly regarded as being tone monsters are heavy weights..Bernie Marsdon's 'Beast' '59 Les Paul is well over 9Ibs and Billy Gibbon's Pearly is also a renound heavyweight. Lighter might save your back over a long gig if you're of slight build but Lighter does not necessarily equal better tone...plus tone is subjective anyway. Best advice around here is try before you buy.