I have a few guitars. My acoustic guitar is a Martin. I have a Carvin Strat and a Carvin 5-string bass. Both my Carvins were assembled from kits. The fine folks at Carvin would send you the parts and then you finish the wood to your liking and then put the rest of the guitar together.
My interest in music extends into performance and production. By a curious set of events I—at one time—had access to a professional studio. This is in the era just before digital music production began to take over the industry.
I learned how to produce, record, edit and master recordings using reel-to-reel multitrack recorders and an analog mixing console. Everything was analog--reverb, compression, delay... Patch bays were used to route signals. I'm talking old-school.
The microphones and other equipment were spectacular. Neuman small and large-diaphragm condenser microphones running into a Seck mixing desk which fed an Otari MX-5050 8-track recorder. Mixdown was to a very high quality Yamaha 2-track.
The studio was meant for recording radio programs and commercials. It wasn't meant for music production but, it was certainly capable of it. The equipment I had available was equal to, or better than, what the Beatles recorded their albums on.