Re: What Would Playability Be Like?
The neck and bridge have the most impact on playability. If you got a high quality neck and high quality bridge, the body type really has very limited impact on that.
Building your own guitar with good parts isnt exactly cheap either, remember, "there is no such thing as a free lunch." (google it)
Lets run down evertyhing at "reasonable" rates
Lets assume hard tail, just to keep cost low
Body -> 125
Bridge -> 80 for a used gibraltar or gotoh or similar decent bridge
pickups -> 80 for some GFS pups
electronics -> 20 for switch and pots
Prestige neck -> 225 (this is OPTIMISTIC as hell, but I've seen it a few times)
tuners -> 40 for used gotohs
finish -> XX$. this is up to you. a simple oil finish would be 20 bucks tops
Various screws, etc -> 20$
So at best, we're talkin around 500$, and thats just using generic but decent parts. You could go cheaper of course, you can find deals on stuff too. But if you want to play really well, you really need to get a good neck and bridge.