#2
Tough choice but I'd probably opt for the washburn and spend real money (800+) on a fender later on in life.
Ibanez PGM301 signed by Paul Gilbert
Ibanez PGM 500
Ibanez Fireman custom
Saving for a GH100L/VH100R
Orange PPC212 2X12
#3
Tough call to make, the guitars are pretty similar to eachother really.
However because of the gorgeous finish, the pickups and my slight bias i'd say the washburn. I belive they also come with ebony fretboards and not rosewood, mine did at least. Not sure if that makes me special or anything lol.
Gear n Shizz:

Washburn X50 Pro
Epiphone Korina Explorer
Line 6 Flextone III 75w