Solderless upgrading of pickups and electronics:
I agree with John - none of these issues really are major problems. You can swap pickups in 30 minutes. Just because you want to flash fry a Buffalo in 8 seconds doesn't mean you should.
The real issue is that a guitar this price needs a pickup upgrade (not a fan of the N3s).
What I do like though is that it is... drum roll... CHEAPER than the regular American Deluxe! Yet still has the compound radius, the locking tuner, BUT it has the vintage style saddles.
Now if I could just order it with Fat 50's from the factory, it'd be perfect.
Plus that blue is gorgeous.