70K is quite a big budget, if you could maybe somehow raise it to 80k or 85k you could get a Carvin direct import from US or even a MIA strat. Parkers would be worth looking into as well along with Godlin, not really sure on the current prices of those though.
I'm not that familiar with Ibanez stuff, but the ESP is okay that you are looking at, quite good actually. Most ESP LTD's with model number 400 & above in their name are high quality, so yeah not a bad choice at all as long as you upgrade the pickups in them to suit you if necessary. Dimarzio & Duncan both would be fine choices for aftermarket pickups, even Bill Lawrence(Wylde) pups are higher quality without breaking the bank. WCR pups would probably be my choice for extreme high quality pickups.
Try to keep away from the PRS SE line at that budget though, they play well, factory setup & quality control is good but the hardware is junk & the prices are bad out here so unless its on sale for say about 30-35k range then get one otherwise avoid them. With that kind of budget I'd probably be looking at higher end guitars, it would be worthwhile to wait a little and raise it by 10k-15k more & get something exceptionally good.
You will need a better amp though if you're spending that much on a guitar, the SS Vypyr 75W is okay as a practice rehearsal amp, but personally for me it didn't quite cut it. Maybe replace it with a Yamaha THR10 for a bedroom/recording only purpose amp, if you want to keep away from tube amps but still want better sound than most practice oriented SS guitar amps.
PRS SE[Soapbar,Semi Hollow], Fender Squier CV Strat, ESP LTD Viper 400, Laney[LH20 head, LC50Mk.II, LX65R], GS412IS(WGS ET65 loaded), Boss TU3, Dunlop ZW45 Wah, Boss GT10, Shure SM57, Sennheiser E614, L6 Pod Studio UX2, Abelton Live 8, Reaper, Seymour Duncan[SP90-1,SP90-2,SH10 bridge,SH4,SH PG1,SH55], DiMarzio[DP100,DP159,DP103]