I’m with you, I was trying to nip the JM DB talk in the bud, though that may not be possible.
I genuinely liked Continuum as an album and he does play with a somewhat unique, consistent tone. IMO, that tone can be more easily achieved (no ‘tone is from the player’ comments please – we all understand that as a given) with his Sig strat or by any number of aftermarket pickups.
That said, I’ve read on commented on a number of your threads and I genuinely believe you’ll end up being happier with a full on JM strat than a pieced together Am Std.
In regard to the neck, If you don’t have freakishly small palms (finger length isn’t as much of an issue), you likely won’t have a problem.