Les Paul Classic Questions?? Weight range??

LPTDMSV

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Well son of a...

I had a 2003 Classic back in 2003 for a short time and was told it was had no weight relief. Wish I had this info then lol.
Way, way, back . . I remember reading a magazine article about how Gibson had experimented with many different patterns of weight relief and settled on the 9-hole method specifically because it had no affect on the sound.

It doesn't affect the weight much either! Maybe 5oz on a 9lb guitar (see @pshupe graphic below)?

So to me it's something of a Gibson quirk rather than something that really matters that much.

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Brian N

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Way, way, back . . I remember reading a magazine article about how Gibson had experimented with many different patterns of weight relief and settled on the 9-hole method specifically because it had no affect on the sound.

It doesn't affect the weight much either! Maybe 5oz on a 9lb guitar (see @pshupe graphic below)?

So to me it's something of a Gibson quirk rather than something that really matters that much.

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For what it's worth, they also claim their ultra modern weight relief doesn't affect the tone either, and I can say for a fact that that's horse manure. As far as 9 hole goes though, I couldnt really say since my ratio of 9 hole to non relieved that I've heard is like 99 to 1. But I do like the way those 9 hole guitars sound!
 

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My 2000 weighed 9 lbs exactly. What an idiot I was to sell it!
I still have my 2000 Classic bone stock and never ever gonna sell it... I also have a LP Custom that I truly love for the time honored Les Paul sound but the Classic is the get in there and dirty it up and scream at another level... I know a lot of commentary that the pickups should be swapped etc etc but I love the dirty muddy mess when cranked thru a Marshall and it just been a fun balls out guitar to play.
 

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My 2000 honey burst I’ve owned for almost 21 years. It’s heavy for weight relieved @9 lbs. My 2018 Trad with no weight relief weighs the same.

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seems like all gibbys are a bit heavy nature of the beast.
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My '01 is a traditional 9 hole weight relief and tips the scale at 8lb. 10oz.

The next year the Classic had the specs changed and the Standard got a big boost in nicer specs and tops as the Classic was outpacing the Standard in cost to value, probably sold more too but I can't prove it other than I saw them moving faster at my local shops, and they were cheaper.
 

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