What I was a kid, I met a man who had built his own guitar. I was very impressed, until I learned that he had only bought ready-made parts and put them together. "That's not building your own, that's just like playing with Legos", I thought. Now I'm in my 30s, and a newbie guitar modder. I haven't assembled a new guitar from parts (yet), and I've certainly not built anything from scratch. But the growing desire to build my own guitar got me thinking: How does one build a guitar from scratch? Without relying on ready-made parts? (Because that's an essential part of the definition of "from scratch", isn't it?) Ok, so first you must go out in the woods and chop down a tree. Split it open, and put it to dry, before you can start shaping it. Ok so far. The wood part is doable. Next; Pickups. You have to buy copper wire for the winding.... No scratch that, when you're buying ready made products, you're no longer doing things from scratch. You have to go out and dig up some copper ore. Smelt it. Stretch it to a ultra-thin wire. ... nnnno. This is not practically doable. Tuners? Same story. You can mine iron to make your own, but then either the tuners would stink and/or be very primitive, or you'd use decades ... or you're a freaking genious on par with Leonardo da Vinci, with super-human ingenuity and skill. And steel strings? Better rely on cat guts I guess. Maybe it's just as well, as I have no scratch-built pickups for steel strings anyway. I may have an unpractically rigid definition of the concept "from scratch", but it is what it is. I guess I'm never going to be able to build an electric guitar from scratch (unless someone can convincingly redefine the entire concept), even if I chop and dry my own wood for the body and neck. Oh well. If you're mad because I've bored you with philosophy now, and because you'll never get those two minutes back ... I blame Carl Sagan, whose quote triggered me to actually write down these useless thoughts.