Up for sale, a 1998 ESP XJ-12 12-string guitar in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original gigbag and bill of sale. This 12-string iteration of ESP’s XJ offset model was only produced for one year and is exceedingly rare, taking its cues in large part from Fender's 1960s Electric XII design. It’s outfitted with the original pair of Seymour Duncan SH-1 PAF-style humbuckers for a bold, jangly sound.
Tonewoods include an ash body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard, delivering clarity, warmth and complex midrange, faithfully captured by the Seymour Duncan SH-1 PAF humbuckers. The neck pickup is round and full, while the bridge has a sparkling cut. A three-way “pickup variation” switch offers the ability to toggle between series, parallel and split-coil configurations for extra power or snappy single coil chime. This guitar weighs 8lbs 12oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with low action and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a very slender C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders, measuring .785” deep at the 1st fret and .885” deep at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is a notably thick slab with a 12” radius, featuring an “ESP” inlay at the 12th fret and retaining the flawless medium jumbo fretwire. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The bone nut measures 43mm (just over 1 11/16”) in width. On the headstock, the Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The back of the headstock retains the silver foil “Made in Japan” sticker and clean “ESP Custom Guitars” graphic. The serialized four-bolt neck plate is contoured for easy access to the highest registers.
On the body, all the electronics function as intended, with the Seymour Duncan humbuckers wired to the stock harness and governed by a three-way pickup selector switch, Master Volume and Tone controls, and the three-way Split/Series/Parallel switch. Hardware includes the chrome-plated domed knurled knobs and 12 saddle Gotoh GTC-12 bridge. The Sunburst gloss finish is very well-kept, and cosmetic wear is limited to a few small nicks adjacent to the input jack on the treble-side lower bout edge, and just a handful of faint scratches on the body as a whole. The satin finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original ESP-branded padded gigbag is included, along with a Japanese bill of sale.