• ESP XJ-6, 1st version (1998-2001)
  • ESP XJ-6, 2nd version (2002-2003)


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1996 to 2003

ESP produced the XJ-6 between 1996 and 2003, although it was only available in Japan from 2002 to 2003. It had a retro-styled ash or alder body shaped like a Fender Jaguar / Jazzmaster. Fingerboard was rosewood or maple with 22 extra jumbo frets and an "ESP" inlay at the 12 fret. Pickups were two Seymour Duncan mini humbuckers with a 3-way selector switch and a coil-split, series or parallel switch. Also available as a 12 string - the XJ-12 model.

The first version 1996-2001 had a reverse headstock, then from 2001-2003 they had a standard headstock. The "ESP" 12 fret inlay is also missing on the second version and the second version had exclusively alder bodies and one piece maple necks. There were also differences in the mini-humbuckers: the first version had a Seymour Duncan SH-1n at the neck and Seymour Duncan SH-1b at the bridge the second version had Seymour Duncan SH-2n at the neck and Seymour Duncan SH-4 at the bridge. The second version had a metal control plate like the Fender Jaguar.

The XJ-6 is currently available (in 2014) as part of the LTD range.

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Body materialalder body, ash body
Body shape featuresdouble cutaway
Body styleJaguar style body
Pickguard materialshell pickguard


BridgeGotoh GTC-101 bridge
Hardware colorchrome hardware


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


Finish colorsblack finish, blue finish, gold finish, white finish
Finish effectsmetallic finish
Made inJapan
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length25.5 inches scale-length


Neck jointbolt on neck
Neck materialmaple neck
Neck width1.69 inches wide at nut
Number of frets22 fret
Nutbone nut
Peghead (headstock)reverse headstock
Tuner layoutsix-in-a-row tuners


Pickup selector controls3-way selector switch
Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control


Pickups brand and modelSeymour Duncan SH-1 pickup(s), Seymour Duncan SH-2 pickup(s), Seymour Duncan SH-4 pickup(s)

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