Why are electric guitar so heavy?

If they don't work by having the air echoing inside like a regular acoustic guitar, why are they so heavy and have a guitar shape? Why don't they just make the neck part and thats it?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    They still need the wood to resonate some of the sound. Go to a Guitar shop and listen to a cheap no name electric and then a strat or les paul through the same amp and you will see. They are heavy because of the type and amount of wood that used during there construction.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Not all electric guitars are heavy. It depends on the make and model of the guitar. I have a 1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom and that thing is VERY heavy because it's made out of a chunk of solid mahogany and an arched maple top. The type of wood has a lot to do with the sound, and my Les Paul has a GREAT sound. I also have a Squier Stagemaster, which is made by Fender, and that thing is very light in comparison to my Les Paul.

    You asked why they don't just make the neck part -- there are some electrics out there like that. Have you ever seen an old Steinberger guitar? It's just a neck and a little box on the bottom where the electronics are. They were big in the '80's but I don't think they make them anymore. I'm guessing guitar players are used to the "traditional" body styles and shapes of electric guitars.

    Source(s): Guitar player (electric and acoustic) for 30+ years
  • R W
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    1 decade ago

    they dont have to be, just leftover designs -and personna - from the 50s& 60s....actually Yamaha and others are making light frames that are not more than pickups and the neck....some dont even use magnetic pickups anymore, now they use fiberoptics...

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