Well I'll skip all the boring parts which involved me wetsanding for hours and hours. But I did sand the body and headstock all the way to 2000 grit before starting with the polishing compound. The compound worked wonders. Here's the results:
Ok, onto final assembly!
Drill pickguard and jackplate mounting holes: Dheck.
String Ferrules and battery box: Check.
Strap Buttons: Check.
Neck plate: Check.
Pickguard and bridge baseplate ground wire: Check.
Saddles and jack plate: Check.
And a one, and a two, and a without further ado, gents, I give you, the Jolly Roger!
And lastly, the Jolly Roger and the '62 reissue together
I've only done a quick tuneup and quick adjustment of the truss rod and bridge saddle radius, but so far this is a rather sweet playing guitar. Actually scratch that, it plays extremely fast and clean, even though the neck is meaty. Quite bright, and very articulate sounding body and neck. The Custom really crunches along nicely in the bridge whether in series or parallel mode. parallel definitely sweetens it up a bit. The lil 59 is great in the neck. The parallel tones get a nice warm glassy single coil-ish tone.
I think I'm going to replace the ceramic mag in the Custom with an A2. I'm really craving that chewiness in this guitar. Might also go to a 250k volume, or a different cap value for the tone to tone down the brightness a bit.
I really love this neck, it doesn't feel like my MIJ strat, but it's got a smooth, fast, slick feel to it that I really dig.