It just seems that a lot of the import basses are pushing closer to 10lbs. and over as an average lately. Ash Korean basses Heavy...Japanese Alder or Ash Heavy !! I've had a few basses come and go in the last few years but the G&L L2k that I've had for the last 22 years is 9.5 lbs so that has become my personal benchmark. I'll say one thing I've noticed is the Amerian Series Fenders seem to be keeping weights fairly light.