Originally Posted by softmonkey
The Strat in question is a '58 hardtail, most notably used on the album Europe '72.
I have done extensive research on this.. I am in the process of building a nuts on aged you cant tell the difference copy of alligator right now. I have gotten to Cutler, Wickersham, and Turner. They are sketchy about a few ideas.. They in consensus said that this was just a project and that they were done with it. Why would anyone give a *&^% LOL . The only questions left open are weather the FET buffer made it into the guitar at some point. I have my theories so I am building mine with a puch pull pot to put it in or to take it out. Here are the particulars:
1) 57 neck
2) 62-63 body ash Trem Model! Turner is adamant it is really vibrato and he is right .. LOL The trem cavity was filled with wood and epoxy
3) Bridge was made by Turner at alembic and it is the first Alembic style bridge.. Yes stars made an exact version of this too but sans the Brass block that is press fit into the body of the filled strat.
4) There is a thin piece of tone wood. Looks to be a mahogany? that is sandwiched between the bridge and the brass block. It runs down towards the lower bout of the guitar and has the custom alembic made bras stop tail on it.
*note 3 &4 are for the final version of Alligator, late 72 through parts of 73. Earlier there was an abr-1 Gibson tunomatic bridge on the brass block with a maestro stop tail
5) the configuration of the bridge sandwich places the action very high. The neck angle was shimmed by at least 1 degree to adjust for this.
6) jumbo frets
7) brass nut scalloped
custom brass bar string tree over E-G
9) brass round tele sting tree for B-E
10) Custom brass control plate
11) Amembic , Military black knobs
12) clarostat or AB mil sealed pots
13) 50's strat PU's with bakelite covers
15) Stickers changed over the years---
I will post some pics later that highlight some of this..
I have all the parts necessary to build this and am aging brass, body and neck now...