actually this is the lightest bass Bill has ever made for me... I'm just blown away! haven't put 'er on a scale yet but I'd put the weight in under 10 pounds if I had to guess. as always, she balances perfectly so there's no sense of weight... AWESOME! and I used to play with a volume pedal but I haven't had one since the old one was swallowed by Mother Nature. don't know if I'll get another. I can tell you that this baby has an outrageous fingerstyle sound. once the strings break in and I've had a bit more time playing her, I think there will be a bit more growl and a bit less in the way of fangs. overall my initial impression is just... staggeringly happy!!