I picked up a ron arra blank for cheap: $105. I bought some super nice guides and a good seat too. Altogether I think it was $230, un-assembled. I have a few more wraps to go, and I'm done. This was a two day miracle! I really just threw it together as a fast as a I can.
You can really get what you want if you build your own. This project for example is going to be my lite tackle setup. It's got an abu c3 reel 5500 series on it. The reel is so small, but narrow frame helps with the casting distance.
I'm the last person on this site that can speak with authority on 'custom rod building.' what I do is more like 'home-made rod building', but they work great! Some day I'm going to stop being lazy, and make a little video series on how to make fiberglas rods.