Assuming you already had all the tools you needed, how much does it cost most of you guys to build a bass from scratch? For simplicity's sake, let me narrow that down to: How much would it cost the average person (not someone who has access to OEM prices for stuff) to build a P bass? Again, from scratch. That means you wind the pickups yourself. You carve the pickguard. Pots, jack, etc... would be bought, from wherever. Hardware can be bought or hand made. Truss rod and nut would probably be bought I assume, but if you're capable of making them yourself, factor that in. How much does it cost to build a bass from scratch?