How Much Does an Electric Guitar Weigh?

Electric guitars come in many profiles. Each has a variety of different kinds of wood and hardware. But how much does an electric guitar weigh?

Maybe you want to buy one, but you’re not sure how comfortable it will be hanging from your shoulder. A few hours of practice can really add up!

On average, electric guitars weigh 8 pounds, but they range anywhere from 6 to 12! Solid Body guitars made with mahogany wood like the Gibson Les Paul can be quite heavy. But depending on the shape, they can get quite light, like the Gibson SG at 6 pounds.

In this Killer Rig article, we will take a look at how the weight of electric guitars is affected by their profiles. We will also take a look at some popular models and how much they weigh, as well as discuss how they can impact the sound.

How Much Does an Electric Guitar Weigh?

Guitars come in many different weights. This is a direct result of the wood choice and additional hardware. The more that gets added, the heavier it will be. Some of the heaviest guitars include the Gibson Les Paul and PRS Custom 24.

But you can find guitars that weight less than 6 pounds in the Rubato Lassie and Strandberg Boden. These guitars are easy to wear on your shoulder for many hours. Maybe you are a gigging guitarists and need something light. Then you do have options!

Let’s begin by looking at a few of today’s top brands. We will explore the weight of some of their popular models. This way you can find one that is good for your music but is very light.

Guitar ModelWeight (Lbs)
Gibson Les Paul9-12
PRS Custom 24-089
Standberg Boden5
Rubato Lassie5.5
Electric Guitar Weight Infographic

Fender Guitars

We touched on the weight of a few popular electric guitars, but now we will look closer at the details. We will start with some popular fender guitars!

Fender ModelWeight (lbs)
Telecaster7 to 8
Jaguar8 to 9
Mustang7 to 8


Fender Stratocaster Guitar

The Fender Stratocaster is a comfortable guitar that weighs about 8 pounds. This is pretty average for a guitar with this body shape and build.

Thanks to the thinner body and alder or swamp ash wood. The Stratocaster can be worn on the shoulder for long periods comfortably.

The neck material is maple, which is a bit of a heavier wood, but it doesn’t add enough to be an issue.


Fender Telecaster Guitar

The Fender Telecaster is also made from alder or swamp ash and weighs 8 pounds. It features a maple neck and light hardware, which keeps it pretty standard. The Telecaster is well-balanced and is a comfortable guitar.


Fender Jaguar

The Jaguar is made from alder tonewood and weighs 8 pounds. Fender likes to use alder for their guitars, as you would have noticed by now. The Jaguar has a shape that is like the Stratocaster but is a different profile that keeps it light.

Gibson Guitars

Gibson makes guitars of all tonewoods and body profiles. This gives their guitars different weights. Here are a few popular models.

Gibson ModelWeight (lbs)
Les Paul9 to 12
Flying V7 to 8
Explorer7 to 9

Les Paul

Gibson Les Paul Guitar

The Gibson Les Paul is one of the heavier guitars on the market and weighs between 9 and 12 pounds. They are known for their weight.

Many guitarists can attest to this by the sore shoulder they get after an hour of practice. This is because the Gibson Les Paul is made with dense woods like mahogany throughout.

Gibson began chambering the Les Paul bodies to remove some material to make them lighter. But they are still in the heavy category.

Want to learn more about guitar body chambering? Click here!

Gibson SG

The Gibson SG is another popular guitar that is much lighter than most at 6 pounds. This is because the body is very thin with a small profile, and so there is less wood material than most.

The guitar is made from mahogany, but being on the smaller side makes it very comfortable.

Flying V

This is an interesting guitar with a unique body shape. The flying V weighs in at 7 pounds and is made of mahogany. This shape is good in the sense that it doesn’t need a lot of wood, so the weight is much lower than a Les Paul, for example.

Squier Guitars

Squier guitars are made as cheaper Fender models, but some of them do come in weighing less.

Squier ModelWeight (lbs)
Jazzmaster7 to 8
Jaguar7 to 9
Mustang6 to 8

Squier Strat

Squier Stratocaster Guitar

The Squier guitars are normally made from basswood or alder and weigh about 7 pounds.

They feature the Stratocaster double cutaway body and are light and comfortable. The hardware is pretty minimal and so there isn’t much that is adding more weight.

Squier Tele

Squier Telecaster Guitar

The squier Telecaster is also made from basswood or alder and is only 6.5 pounds. It’s half a pound lighter than the Strat primarily because of the body size and light hardware. Not only is it affordable, but it’s light and sounds good too!

PRS Custom 24

PRS Custom 24 Guitar

The PRS Custom 24 has a great body profile, but because they are made of mahogany, they weigh 9 pounds. By no means is this a dealbreaker. The extra pound over what is standard is not very noticeable and can be worn for extended periods.

The neck is also made of mahogany, which contributes to the weight, as well as some robust hardware. It’s a great guitar and so dealing with the extra weight is well worth it.

Other Electric Guitar Weights

ESP Shinigami Guitar
GuitarWeight (lbs)
Ibanez RG8
Jackson Dinky7
Yamaha Pacifica7 to 8
Gretsch Streamliner7
Epiphone Casino6 to 7

Factors that Affect Guitar Weight

There are several things that contribute to the overall weight of an electric guitar.

  • Tonewood.
  • Body profile.
  • Body design.
  • Hardware.

There are a wide range of electric guitars. It’s important to know these things when selecting one based on the weight.

Wood Materials

There are many kinds of woods used to make guitars based on construction, weight, and sound. Cost does play a role when a manufacturer builds for a specific price point. But in most circumstances, it’s low on the requirements.

Because the density of each kind of wood differs, guitars have different weights. Sometimes even two of the same model might have been made with a different kind of wood.

As a result, they do not have the same weight. This is common when certain kinds of wood are not readily available.

Check out our article on guitar tone woods, click here!

Wood MaterialWeight (lbs/ft3)
Swamp Ash31

Body Profile

Are you considering how much an electric guitar weighs? The profile is also a large contributing factor. Many shapes dictate how heavy an instrument will be once the wood is selected. The overall outline will also play a role here and is one of three main points:

  • Thickness.
  • Shape.
  • Size.

Some guitars have a cutaway or area removed that makes an instrument lighter. Some headless models have creative shapes that look great. But also weigh in lighter because of the smaller profile.

When considering a guitar for its weight, always make sure to compare it to other models. Make sure they have the same features. But pay close attention to the profile. As one might be a lot thinner than the other, making it lighter and more comfortable.

Body Design

The kind of electric guitar body will fall into one of three main categories.

  1. Solid Body.
  2. Semi Hollow Body.
  3. Hollow Body.

Each one has a different sound and is selected normally because of its music genre and style. But each one has a significant weight difference.

Solid Body

Solid-body guitars are the heaviest of all three versions. This is because they are made from one piece of wood or a combination of two different kinds glued together. The weight is different depending on how much wood is used and the kind that is selected.

Sometimes manufacturers will use a method called chambering. This creates pockets in the solid guitar body. This is a method used to reduce some weight from the body when they are quite heavy. It makes them lighter, but also changes the tone to a degree.

The Gibson Les Paul is known to be one of the heavier guitars in history. But there is also a chambered version that was made to help with the weight.

By looking at them, you would not know there is a difference until you put it on your guitar strap and wore it for a few hours!

Semi Hollow

Semi-hollow guitars are made from two pieces of wood that make up the structure. This includes a solid center block with a chambered area around it, covered by another piece of wood. This makes the guitar lighter and helps with the sound because it’s not as solid as a fully hollow body.

The Epiphone Casino is a popular semi-hollow guitar on the market today. It has great tones for blues and jazz players, but also can rock out when needed.

Because of its construction, it’s a lighter-weight guitar. It can be more comfortable for playing for long periods of time.

Hollow Body Guitar

Hollow Body

Hollow-body guitars are the lightest of all three kinds, although some look very bulky. There will be a lot more air inside to make them resonate better with the strings.

They play great on clean tones. But they also distort very well because of the natural overdrive that comes with them.

The PRS SE hollow body 2 Piezo is a popular guitar. Its simple design and construction make it a favorite for those who want to focus on their playing. And not have to worry about how heavy the guitar might be.


Another thing to consider when assessing the weight of a guitar is the hardware. There are some parts that add weight, like a Floyd Rose bridge.

Granted, the hardware isn’t nearly as heavy as some of the other parts we have looked at, but it does add up.

Considering a guitar for its weight? Then make sure to take into consideration all the options onboard. If it’s loaded, it might add an extra half-pound or more to the weight. Negligible at best, but still worth looking into.

How to Weigh a Guitar

If you have a guitar that is a bit rough on your shoulder, perhaps you might want to measure the weight. If you are selling one and need to know for shipping purposes. Then this method can also help get the information you need quickly.

Most people have a bathroom scale collecting dust! It finally has a great purpose! That’s right, this is all you need as long as it’s somewhat accurate.

The process is simple:

  • Weigh yourself by standing on the scale.
  • Repeat the process by standing on the scale with the guitar in your hands.
  • The difference between these two measurements is what your guitar weighs.

An example of this is if you weigh 180 pounds and verify it on the scale. Then, with the instrument in your hands, you get a reading of 188 lbs.

This will tell you that the electric guitar weighs 8 pounds. You can do this with anything that weighs over 4 to 5 pounds, granted your scale has some accuracy.


When you’re looking for a guitar, the weight is important to consider. Especially if you need a comfortable model that doesn’t fatigue your body.

But if you are basing your sound on weight, you might be disappointed. It’s far better to research the material that is used to make the instrument to get the one that is best for you.


What is a good weight for a guitar?

Always aim for something that is comfortable and is able to match the sound you are going for. Weight is based on the kind of wood that was used to make it. Each kind of wood has a different tone and will work better for certain styles of music.

So if you can find a model that is comfortable, then you have found a good weight for a guitar!

Do Lighter Guitars Sound Better?

The answer to this question depends largely on the sound you are seeking from your guitar. If you are looking for a full sound that isn’t quite as warm, then a lighter body is your best choice.

If you’re seeking a warmer, dark tone, then a lighter guitar might not be what you want.

This all depends on the kind of material that is used to make the body. Poplar, being a cheaper material, doesn’t sound as good as others to some guitarists.

So judging your sound on light or heavy is not a good idea. It’s better to research the material and make a decision based on that.

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Don East

My name is Don East, I'm the editor for Killer Rig. I've been playing guitar for over 20 years and have designed and manufactured products like guitar amps, effects pedals, and more. Over the years I have played in many bands and have a deep love for quality gear. I am an electrical engineer and have a passion for music gear, and now want to share what I know with the community!