The difference in price made it a pretty easy decision. I don't buy anything I won't play regularly and the black back on the Dragon would show scratches right away. That might be a guitar that you want to keep near mint. I will say the inlay is just crazy. A work of art to be sure. On to the point of this thread. I had the chance to turn it up and play the guitar at a pretty loud volume for about an hour to start the day. It was fun. The pickups are slightly microphonic which is a good thing. I'd have to check but I assume they're not wax potted. So easy to get musical feedback at semi reasonable volumes.