2002 rg570 vs. 2003 rg350dx
I'm deliberating about buying a new guitar, and can't decide between the 2002 rg570 vs. 2003 rg350dx. I know of a place where I can get the 2002 rg570 for $370 or the rg350 for $335. I know that the differences in specs between the two and that the rg570, while not in the same league with JEM series models, is generally highly regarded; but I still have a few questions that I hope maybe some of you guys might be able to answer.
FYI, I plan to upgrade the pickups to Dimarzios regardless of which I buy, so the differences in pickups between the two models are not an issue to me.
1) The rg570 is made in Japan, whereas the rg350 is made in Korea. How much of a difference does this really make in terms of tone, playability, intonation, etc.? Is it just a matter of having slightly fewer instances of flaws-per-batch in Japanese-made guitars? Or are the differences pervasive, dramatic and noticeable?
2) The rg570 has the Edge trem, and the rg350 has the Edge Pro II. I'm not sure whether this should be a deciding factor or not - any ideas?
3) The rg570 has a Wizard neck whereas the rg350 has a Wizard II. I haven't come across a Wizard-equipped model yet, but I love the Wizard II's that I have played. I have heard that the Wizard is better - but how much of a difference is there really?
Note: one thing that I think the 2003 rg350dx has going for it is that, IMHO, it looks *way* cooler than the 2002 rg570. I'm a sucker for those sharkfin inlays on the rg350dx and the white paint with pickguard :-). BUT, I realize that any positive feelings I might have about how it looks will be nullified if I hate the way it sounds or can't keep it in tune, etc. :-) I just have a hard time getting excited about the greyish rg570 or the root beer metallic rg570 (by the way, does it really look like black in person? It appears that way in the pictures I've seen).
Thanks in advance!