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    Hi McCreed.
    Sometimes I take a break and post some shots, whereas what happened here was various steps that I forgot to photograph.

    Thanks for the tip regarding a cheaper rout alternative...I'll definitely check it out.

    My first Pitbull guitar was a hardtail strat that I intended to be a Tele/Strat hybrid.

    cheers, Mark.

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    I love it.
    That mod would take a little weight out of the guitar i suspect.
    Does it feel lighter?
    I am wondering hoe i can “add lightless” to mine as the ash body is really heavy.

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  3. #203
    Hi Oli.
    It weighs 5 kg.
    I've already taken a bit of wood out for the 2 pickup switches.
    Ash is quite heavy but I reckon if it was bass wood, it would be too light?

    cheers, Mark.

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    It weighs 5 kg.
    Wow! That's a lot!

    My Ash tele body (TLA-1 - the one in my avatar) was quite heavy even after doing forearm and tummy contours, so I ended up doing a swimming pool route as a way to attain some weight relief.

    Shock horror, I know! But other than planing the thickness down to a wafer, it was the only viable alternative.
    I only managed to eliminate 400g, but it made a very noticeable difference. All finished it weighs in at 3.8kg, which is pretty average for all my guitars, albeit at the upper end.

    Ash is quite heavy but I reckon if it was bass wood, it would be too light?
    Yes and no. I'm sure you know different pieces of the same species of timber can vary in their densities depending on where they are grown. Mineral levels in soil or differences in yearly precipitation can have an effect on an individual tree's density.

    I have a Squier Deluxe Strat with a basswood body and it's total weight is 3.6kg. My alder strat (non-kit build) is 3.7kg. Both bodies are equal thickness and dimensionally the same. Same pickups/pots etc. Two different finishes, but I'd say that is reasonably negligible.

    Any way you slice it though, 5kg is heavy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by McCreed View Post
    Wow! That's a lot!

    Any way you slice it though, 5kg is heavy!
    Pfft, my staircase guitar is 6.2kg, you guys are just weak :P


















    Ok yeah it's heavy AF. Decent sustain tho.
    Build 1 - Shoegazer MK1 JMA-1
    Build 2 - The Relliecaster TL-1
    Build 3 - The Black Cherry SG AG-1
    Build 4 - The Sonicaster TL-1ish
    Build 5 - The Steampunker Bass YB-4
    Build 6 - The Howling Gowing ST-1

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    The one thing about a guitar being too light is the introduction of 'neck dive' which I would find more annoying than weight.

    Out of curiosity I just weighed my Tele/Strat (hard tail) which is also Ash.. 5kg again, with no reduced cavities.
    So this DMS1 must be a particularly dense specimen of Ash.

    cheers, Mark.

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    How are you weighing it? I’ve just bought some cheap digital angling scales for weighing my guitars and that works well. Better than trying to balance it on the bathroom scales, which are probably not that accurate at such a relatively low weight. If that’s all you have, then weighing yourself and then you + guitar and calculating the difference will probably give a more accurate result.

    5kg is 11lbs, and my un-weight relieved P90 Les Paul weighs 10lbs.

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    Yeah I have decent digital bathroom scales, so weigh myself (curse and commit to daily 3k runs) then weigh myself with guitar and subtract the first weight from the second.
    Build 1 - Shoegazer MK1 JMA-1
    Build 2 - The Relliecaster TL-1
    Build 3 - The Black Cherry SG AG-1
    Build 4 - The Sonicaster TL-1ish
    Build 5 - The Steampunker Bass YB-4
    Build 6 - The Howling Gowing ST-1

    "What I lack in talent I make up for with enthusiasm"

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    I have an el-cheapo luggage scale from the $2 shop.
    Probably more than that but not much.
    Therefore it's a ballpark figure.
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    Includes the weight of the guitar strap used to hang it with but of course that would be added when you strap the guitar on.


    cheers, Mark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Mountain View Post
    Pfft, my staircase guitar is 6.2kg, you guys are just weak :P
    They are tough up there on the mountain!

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