1992 / 2000 - ESP EXP & EXP with tremolo - Guitars Collector

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ESP EXP (Explorer)
ESP EXP W. TREM (Explorer with tremolo)

- year: from 1992 to 2000, Japan - Production release
- shape: same of MX-250
- construction: bolt-on (4 screw)
- neck: maple (EXP have angled neck respect the body, EXP W.TREM have neck straight to the body)
- body: mahogany 39mm (45mm for TREM version)

- fingerboard: rosewood 22 XJ frets with pearl dot inlays, 24.75" scale (628mm)
- electronics: active EMG 81 (bridge) / 81 (neck), 1 Volume, 1 Tone, 1 Toggle 3 way switch
- hardware: all black hardware, Gotoh tuners, ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar (floyd rose bridge for TREM version)
- logos and serials:
-- front of headstock: "ESP Custom" light grey/gold glittered logo for black guitars, black/gold glittered for white guitars
-- back of headstock: "ESP Custom Guitars" circle logo glittered white for black model, black for white model
-- serial number: XXXXX (5 digits) punched on the bolt plate in the neck. (The date of manufacture is write on pencil on the body of the guitar where is joined to the neck, you have to unscrew the neck).

Here some records:

1992 - 601XX 618XX [also with tremolo] Early 1992/1996 models have 2 through holes in the headstock to fix the tremolo nut

1993 - 619XX → 912XX → number restart from 1XXXX → 166XX [also with tremolo]

1994 - 167XX 183XX [also with tremolo]

1995 - 191XX 244XX [also with tremolo]

1996 - 257XX 261XX

1997 - 273XX 294XX [also with tremolo] (MSRP: $2295)

1998 - 301XX 357XX [also with tremolo][also in white] (MSRP: $1999)

1999 - 339XX 369XX [also with tremolo]

2000 - 379XX 414XX

I think the Bolt Plate numbers are identical to all the ESP model of this period, so the data is useful for all the model with this plate!

If you have other records please help me!!!


- colors and other features: black with hi gloss finish, Olympic white

- notes: The difference with the MX are only two: bolt on neck instead of set neck and rosewood fingerboard instead of ebony fingerboard.

The tremolo version with original Floyd Rose have more thik body (45mm instead of standard 39mm).

Also available at lower price with ESP Custom Pickups instead of EMG.

Available in lefty version as custom order.

The body style of the old ESP Explorer (MX-220, MX-250, EXP) was retired due to Gibson Lawsuit, and a new body style was introduced in 2000 (EX models).

It's hilarious that Gibson in 2012 release the "Epiphone 1984 Explorer EX" copying control pot configuration of ESP MX-220/250/EXP, a sort of revenge...


The ESP EXP model is more rare than the ESP MX-250 because was produced only from 1992 to 2000 (8 YEARS) almost only for the worldwide market, the MX-250 was produced from 1991 to 2021 (30 YEARS!!!).

The WHITE version was built only in 1998.

ESP EXP
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCosXUuCmDXg_nLpGr6gyFDQ?sub_confirmation=1
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCosXUuCmDXg_nLpGr6gyFDQ?sub_confirmation=1
ESP EXP WITH TREM.
(available only in black color)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCosXUuCmDXg_nLpGr6gyFDQ?sub_confirmation=1
ESP EXP vs. EXP EXP WITH TREMOLO
COMPARISON
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