Here's the latest iteration of my Alligator inspired Strat. The idea was to retain the stock Fender look as much as possible.
It started out as USA Professional model & nearly everything has been modded or replaced. The bridge consists of a solid brass trem block that was "hard-tailed" with a piece of hard maple & two brass tremolo stoppers. The topside uses a chromed brass bridge plate, chromed brass saddles, & chromed brass mounting screws. Up on the neck a custom brass nut was added, cut for 10-46 strings.
The original pickups were replaced with Fender Custom Shop '69s and rewired to use a single tone pot. The volume pot, tone pot, & 5-way switch were upgraded to CTS / CRL components.
The final mod was the Alembic Blaster install. I didn't care for the look of the jack plate replacement kit from Alembic or the idea of putting the battery under the pickguard, so it was disassembled for the circuit. Step 1 was routing a battery compartment in the back of the body. Step 2 was carving out a bit of body material in the cavity so the stereo jack would fit with the original Fender jack plate. Step 4 was to de-solder the screwdriver adjustable gain pot from the Blaster circuit board. Step 5 was to add a pickguard mounted pot at the Fender 2nd tone pot location & wire it to Blaster circuit board. Step 6 was to mount the Blaster circuit / switch to the pickguard.
The Blaster is on in the down position to help prevent switching it off accidentally, plus the circuit needed to use the room between the 2 pots. The Blaster gain is now easily adjustable via the 2nd tone knob.
With all of the brass, new pickups, & Blaster this guitar sounds great & I'm really happy with the way it turned out. Now on to the next project!