Hello to all. I'm new to forum so please pardon my ignorance in this post...it is my first.

I week ago I played a Fender Custom Shop '54 relic. Very nice. Sounded great and played exceptionally well. Of course the price is over $2,000.

I would love to build and age my own strat. This would be a total learning experience for me. I was wondering if any of you guys had any wisdom to pass on before I venture into this crazy project.

Where should I purchase parts? What would you do to "age" a guitar? Use Fender parts or someone like Warmoth? The only thing I know how to do is make the pickup covers, knobs, etc. look aged!