The times I’ve noticed how light a guitar is usually corresponds with these 3 things:
- it is not my guitar
- I play the guitar differently and come up with musical ideas that are completely different from what usually comes to mind.
- it is setup really well.
They have also been good guitars that I’m unfamiliar with. People are more malleable than guitars so I naturally adjust how I play to what the guitar “encourages” me to play. An easy answer would be: this what happens when you try something different. This is probably true, however, the low weight/ high resonance seems like it plays a part too.
If you go to the Strandberg website, they describe their guitars in a similar way; an emphasis on low weight and playability. Parker Fly’s were described in an eerily similar way in their catalogs too. I do want to mention that Strandberg embellishes their marketing quite a bit. According to them, they designed the perfect guitar and have the science to back it up. I’ve found that is only true if you want it to be true based on the ones I’ve played.
The low weight/playability idea seems to have some historical precedent within the electric guitar community. If you have thoughts, please share.