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Made by hand at the ESP Custom Shop in Japan, the ESP Snakebyte is a Signature Series model of James Hetfield, the frontman of Metallica and one of the world's most highly respected rhythm guitar players in any genre. The Snakebyte was created based on James' own original design. It features  set-neck construction at 24.75" scale, with a mahogany body and a single-piece mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard and 22 extra-jumbo frets with a snake inlay at the 12th fret. The ESP Snakebyte is powered by James' own EMG JH SET active pickups, and includes premier components such as a bone nut, Schaller straplocks, Sperzel locking tuners, and a TonePros locking TOM bridge and tailpiece. Available in Snow White or Black Satin finishes, as well as in a lefthanded version. The ESP Snakebyte includes a hardshell case and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from ESP. The Snakebyte is also available in an LTD version in Snow White, left-handed, and Black Satin (also available left-handed). 

Construction Set-Neck
Scale 24.75"
Body Mahogany
Neck 1Pc Mahogany
Fingerboard Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 305mm
Finish Snow White
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Bone
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 22 XJ
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button Dunlop Straplok
Tuners Sperzel Locking
Bridge Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Volume/Volume/Toggle Switch
Strings Elixir Nanoweb Light (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case Included Y
Controls Snakebyte
Anthony M.

Recently received my new white ESP snakebyte. It is my 4th ESP, but first one made in the custom shop.  This guitar takes my breath away.  I am astounded by the level of craftsmanship, everything is perfect.  I can’t put it down, my other ESP’s are going to be lonely for a while!!

Forged Concepts

I am very disappointed as I just bought a brand new Snow White ESP, non LTD, Snakebyte and it arrived warped and has to be destroyed. It will be 1-2 years to get a new one!!! Super frustrating. ESP refunded me due to warranty but this is the second ESP I bought in a row that had to be returned to ESP for an issue. 

Ryan T.

man I have one on order and due by year end. I certainly hope this is not the case for me. I mean, s***t happens, but 2x!!! oh hellz naw!

Karrie M.

Is there currently an issue with the ESP snakebyte in Snow White due to the current pandemic? Just curious as none of the dealers in the USA seem to have it even have listed for ordering.

Todd B. ESP

Hi, These are usually built to order. Please contact any dealers who can place a special order for this model as you may not find it in stock at most dealers.


Sorry for you. Did you ordered it directly from ESP or from a third party distributor ?

José Antonio H.

Se me olvido comentaros que me parece curioso que la guitarra no traiga nada de documentacion y si traiga colgado con una cuerda y un carton la marca de las cuerdas.... paradoja....

José Antonio H.

Gracias por la respuesta...No era necesario un certificado como la gama ESP pero si un pequeño documento donde pusiera la fecha de fabricacion y el numero de serie como hacen tantas marcas,creo que no es mucho pedir...en fin,leccion aprendida para la proxima vez...

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