I actually find it's better to start on an acoustic than an electric. The strings are heavier, so you have to get used to pressing. Once your fingers get strong enough to play an acoustic well, the switch to electric will feel like you're playing with butter.
I always want to try and make my own from scratch, design and all that, but it's a daunting prospect. How long would you say each one took, Paperboy?
my prized possesion (Flying-V with a "5150"paint job) took me 2 months, this is because it takes a full week for the paint to properly dry, and this one had 3 coats of paint. the body took about a week to shape, and the neck a week and a half to finish, a day to piece everything together and wire it up properly, and the rest was spent looking for the right materials to make it with (e.g. machine heads, tremolo, potentiometers, pickups...i have to look for the "best buy" each time i go scavenging for parts). the least time i took to modify a guitar was about 3 days, 1 day to figure out what configuration and wiring i want, 1 to wire things together, and 1 to do final tests before i'm sure that it's stage worthy.
building your own guitar is a very tedious job...do not take it on if you know that you don't have much time on your hands...either that or you're really devoted into making guitars.
as for a starting instrument...i was originally a drummer. i took lessons from a friend then realized it wasn't for me so i hopped on to bass, things were good but i wanted more versatility; more articulation, so i eventually moved on to a guitar...not much time passed and now i'm a guitar tech instead of a guitar player, i find that making and modding your guitars to your specs is more technical compared to playing really hard riffs...it requires attention to every intricate detail to be able to get the sound you want. i found that playing the bass before moving on to guitars helped me a lot with my stamina and dexterity, then again a lot of other people i know who've done the same had a really hard time...
ROFL, I used to be quite good at the piano, but I quit because my teacher talked too much. Now I play the eletric guitar and sing. Listen to me and get a VERY good teacher, one that will teach how to be a true virtuoso, that's the best way to go.
here are some tips for begginers, and advanced guitarists alike.
tricks and DIY: http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/colum...the_trade.html
pickups and DIY: http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/colum...ckup_mods.html
i can't remember when i wrote these...i think i wrote it back in 2003... anyway in the pickup mods article i missed out on p90's...sorry....