• ESP XJ-12 silver sparkle electric guitar
    ESP XJ-12


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1996 to 1998

ESP manufactured the XJ-12 between 1996 and 1998. It was the 12-string version of the XJ-6 with a 4-up 8-down reverse headstock. Alder or ash body (depending on finish?), rosewood or maple fingerboard, 22 extra jumbo frets, 3 -way coil split/series/parallel switch plus a 3-way pickup selector switch. Pickups were intially ESP LH-200 humbuckers with nickel covers then in 1998 Seymour Duncan SH-1 humbuckers.

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Controls materialchrome controls
Controls shapeknurled dome knob
Number of control knobs2 control knobs
Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control
Pickup selector controls1 coil tap switch, 3-way selector switch


Pickups brand and modelESP LH-200 pickup(s), Seymour Duncan SH-1 pickup(s)


Finish colorsblack finish, blue finish, gold finish, silver finish, white finish
Finish effectsmetallic finish
Made inJapan
Number of strings12 strings
Scale length25.5 inches scale-length


Body materialalder body, ash body
Body shape featuresdouble cutaway


Bridgefixed bridge
Hardware colorchrome hardware
TunersGrover tuners


Fingerboard materialmaple fingerboard, rosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers
Inlay at 12th fretESP inlay at 12th fret


Neck jointbolt on neck
Neck materialmaple neck
Neck width1.69 inches wide at nut
Number of frets22 fret
Peghead (headstock)reverse headstock
Tuner layoutfour-up eight-down tuner layout

Prices (2)

2015$700excellentRon PayneI have found very little information on these, other than they were exclusive to the Japanese market and cost 200,000 yen new.
1998¥200000newguitar-listList price (without tax)

Reviews (1)

ESP XJ-12 reviewed by Ron Payne

Average: 4 (1 vote)
I've only had it a week, but it plays well, sounds great and seems to keep its tune. Intonation is good without any adjustment (may have been done by previous owner). Color is great - a dark brown 'rootbeer' sparkle with a white marbleized pickguard

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