The 83 Dan Smith Strat neck is like no other. Its a sharp v, really slick, not super thin but really pronounced. I've tried out many strats over the last few years and for me the Dan Smith is the nicest neck going. Mine happens to have some birds eye in it. Very tight grain.
They are highly underrated guitars. The single tone knob and weird trem give them a bad rap - if you can see past that they are great players. Mine came hard tailed so and I'm not a trem kinda guy so it was a non issue. There is no through body router on these guitars as the springs sit below the pick-ups. Totally off the wall design - I think it adds to the great tone of this guitar. Mine really sings. When you dig deep they get great reviews.
I picked mine up locally on CL 6 months ago for $600.
I also agree the MIJ guitars are also great stuff. My buddy has a 54 strat hand me down from his uncle, and plays in another Dead cover band but plays a Tokai from the 70's and swears by it. His american strat lives under his bed. There is a 70's national locally on CL for $250, and looks like a better guitar than half of the US strats sitting in the guitar shops right now in Vancouver. In 30 years folks will be killing themselves for not buying MIJ now while the market is flush with good deals.