Re: Guys! I need some urgent advice!
Both guitars look nice, but if it were my choice I'd go with the S540. Not just because its an Ibanez, but also, its going to be more versatile and you have the newer pup's installed. I'd try to get him down on the price though as think that's a little high.
Being able to play it before buying it is a huge benefit, but if you can't do that, at least get a return policy from the seller, like 3-4 days from the time you receive it. You never know what kind of problems you can run into. The most common one is fret wear. If there are any low spots you're looking at at least $100 for a fret leveling.