Firstly, let me make it clear that I understand that assembling a bass from a kit or parts is not luthiery. However, while I lack the time, equipment, skills, and inclination to build a bass from scratch, buying the various pieces and parts and assembling them is something that I'm pretty sure I'd be able to handle without buying lots of tools, spending a lot of time, learning major new skills, etc. So, that out of the way, does it make sense to build a bass from parts? Aside from being able to control all of the details--which would be nice, of course--and gaining a better understanding about how everything goes together, is the end result likely to be as good as a name brand instrument that costs about as much as the parts? Can I build a MIA-quality p-bass from parts for significantly less than I could buy one new? Obviously a parts bass will have limited resale value compared to a name-brand. If it does make sense, are there any good resources beside those listed in the How-To geared specifically towards assembling parts basses?