While the Xiphos bears some resemblance to the Destroyer series and other X-shaped guitars Ibanez has offered, it has a unique body shape. It is the first completely X-shaped guitar offered by Ibanez since the initial Axstar models in 1985. The Xiphos is part of the Ibanez X series which is how Ibanez has classified their radically shaped guitars since 1983.
Most Xiphos models fit in the X series "700 series" mold of guitars with a neck-through-body construction, mahogany body wings, DiMarzio D Activator pickups and a Gibraltar Custom bridge (or Edge III tremolo).
The tremolo-equipped XPT700 was the first XP. A hard-tailed version was introduced a year later as the XPT700FX, as well as the seven-string XPT707FX. The first more affordable model was introduced in 2009 as the XP300FX.
The XPT700XH introduced in 2009 has the most unique feature on a XP production model to date, namely a 27-fret neck. An even more unique model is the 2010 Showcase limited production XP, the XPT1400TW a 6- and 7-string double neck guitar.