Join Date: Dec 2005
Re: Fender Strat question
If your guitar was an American Deluxe, it would have already come with the S1 switching, unless it's an older model (not sure when the S-1 was introduced). I believe that the SCN pickups have also only been included on more recent models (2004 - present).
Anyways, If you keep the original parts, it shouldn't be a problem. About the nut though, if you play on reselling it, I would be cautious. As others have said though though, it will be some time before your guitar starts to appreciate.
In regards to the best Strats made, the best ones made were the Pre-CBS (before 1965) ones. After CBS took over, the quality control took a severe hit. However, the quality did not drop immediately, so one would still be safe buying a 1966, 67, or even a 68 Strat. It's not like the changes happened overnight.