I built my Tele on a DeHavilland body that I picked up online at a really low price. When I got it the swamp ash body alone weighed 8.5lbs. Not willing to torture myself with that I took off 1/4" from the back and routed out chambers. Also added tummy cut and modest forearm bevel. That got the weight down to 4.2lbs. I found an unusually figured piece of swamp ash that we bookmatched to close it up.