I took her off the paint stand today and mocked things up; everything seems to line up/measure correctly! I drilled the bridge holes to the width supplied by the manufacturer, but they seem a little to tight for the thimbles. I could probably force them in if the body were made of basswood, but I don't know how much this dense black korina will give. I think I'll try to widen them just a tad.Have you tried dry fitting the hardware and neck etc to ensure things fit and the scale length etc works?
If not, it may be worth doing so before spending a lot more time on finishing.
That's probably a good idea Stratamania. I was going to wait till I had the neck for this guitar in hand, but there's no reason I can't use the neck that I have now (the one from my Albert Lee build) to test things out.