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Vader Guitar Weights

Postby Chula Vista » Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:10 pm

This is kinda weird. My new VM7 weighs 5.15 pounds. My VX6 weighs 6.60 pounds.

Both have alder bodies, rock maple necks, and figured maple tops.

How can this be? I'm wondering if the VM7 is chambered? Don't really care since it sounds absolutely killer - as does the VX6.

Just a bit perplexed.
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Re: Vader Guitar Weights

Postby arahobob » Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:15 pm

No two bodies weigh the same.

The x trem is heavier.
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Re: Vader Guitar Weights

Postby skully13a » Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:57 pm

Wood can and will have wide variability in density. That's one reason it's so cool.
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Re: Vader Guitar Weights

Postby Chula Vista » Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:48 pm

Not wood that's been pre-dried as Kiesel does. And the 6 string X-trem, plus the amount of maple and alder that needs to be routed to accomodate it, can't end up weighing more than the 7 string neck, no wood routing, and the 7 string bridge combined.

I think it's chambered and I'm 100% fine with that since it sings like crazy.
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Re: Vader Guitar Weights

Postby TylerE » Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:13 am

Steel is 11x denser than maple. 44lb/cuft vs 490lb / cuft.

The non-headless version of the Hipshot Contour is 17.1oz. vs 4.4oz for their 6 string fixed bridge. So, yeah, the trem on it's own will add ~13oz, which is almost a pound.

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Re: Vader Guitar Weights

Postby spudmunkey » Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:13 pm

Chula Vista wrote:Not wood that's been pre-dried as Kiesel does.


Wood density doesn't have anything to do with drying. One piece of wood could easily be more dense on one end than the other.


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