I am very interested in 'building my own guitar', mainly because I would love to have the experience, understand the guitar and how it works better, and be able to design it the way I want. However, I also want it to be of around equal quality to $600 Epiphone guitars. Is that a ridiculous expectation?

What are the best guitar building kits out there? I want to build a Les Paul style (or maybe something like an ESP Horizon body shape, either one is fine)
Please don't open multiple threads on the same subject. I can move your earlier thread if you'd like it in a different forum.