I was wondering if making a guitar entirely from scratch would be cheaper than buying a hypothetical guitar with all the exact same specifications. Thanks.
Only if you have the skill to make one playable.

And shopping skills.
Fender Thinline Telecaster Deluxe

1983 Aria Pro II XX Deluxe Flying V

2007 S101 EGU34

1963 Kay Vanguard

1964 Kay Vanguard

AXL Badwater SRO

Hondo Strat

1974 Acoustic(brand) 134 4x10 combo

Epiphone Valve Jr.
It depends on the guitar, some yes others no. Obviously if your looking at some very expensive guitar you can probably make something much cheaper if you have the tools and the skill.
If you already have the tools, time, space and skills then yes. If you're just going to buy new tools for a one-off build then maybe not so much. Plus a lot depends on the style and components of the guitar.
Last edited by bellerophon at Dec 27, 2008,
There are alot of variables. If you have the tools already then probably. But buying tools will add alot to the budget. You wont be able to make say a copy of a epi LP for less than the chinese. You could make a really good copy of a MIA strat for less than they sell for tho. If you buy raw wood and make a body and neck thats alot cheaper than buying ready made parts.