Ok so I did some looking into this. Tweeking out really. Know this was posted elsewhere, but great stuff on Alligator Build from Aegis here:
http://www.strat-talk.com/forum/stratoc ... strat.html
http://www.tdpri.com/forum/other-guitar ... strat.html
He did a great job with it.
So here is the plan. We'll see how it goes because you know, all the things I planned to do...
Warmoth vintage body, tremolo cavity, 6-hole trem route. Will fill cavity with wood block and epoxy. Will look into aging, relic processes, tanning, cigarette burns, etc. Should arrive in 5-6 weeks.
Must find Fender '57 neck (profile TBD), maple w/ nitrocellulose finish (saving dollars for it). Why skimp here? Will re-fret with jumbo vintage fretwire.
Brass string tree for low E, A, D, G strings
Brass control plate
Brass Jack plate cover
Blaster with no switch/always on
Black hat knobs - Alembic, or (might look for military spec raytheon knobs just for the adventure of it)
Fender custom shop '69 Pups
5-way PUP switch
Still conflicted about the bridge and tailpiece assembly. TBD
Shielding will also be a learning thing. TBD
For all the bad rap on the alembic bridge, sustain block, wood riser and tailpiece thing (which IMO looks cooler than the other version), its career was 8 months versus the older versions 4 month jaunt (including E '72). That being a strange variable for consideration, I am still unsure about how tone will be affected. The alembic bridge would also be maybe hard to find, so... I will wrestle with this.
I will think on all of this, welcome input and post pics as I go, like in 6 weeks when I can post a pic of the body.