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The LTD 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 three-piece mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard and 22 extra-jumbo frets with a snake inlay at the 12th fret. The LTD Snakebyte is powered by James' own EMG JH SET active pickups, and includes a TonePros locking TOM bridge and tailpiece.

Construction Set-Neck
Scale 24.75"
Body Mahogany
Neck 3Pc Mahogany
Fingerboard Macassar Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Molded
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 22 XJ
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button Standard
Tuners LTD Locking
Bridge Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Volume/Volume/Toggle Switch
Strings D'Addario XL110 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case Included Y
Controls Snakebyte
David  B.

    Wow beautiful man  I love this guitar 

Sean G.

Just got my 2021 Indonesian Snakebyte and I’m extremely disappointed in the quality compared to the Korean models. DRASTIC difference in sound, feel, and look. Definitely NOT worth the money. Buy an older Korean one for half the price. This is EXTREMELY sad considering they said the quality was up to par with the old factory. I was looking forward to ordering the white Vulture when it comes out but if this is the quality to expect I won’t be doing that.

Robert D.

Damn, this is sad to hear... I was in the market for a snakebyte.  I hate that a signature model for this price is having quality issues... I would have expected this to be a korean made model... Indonesian guitars in my humble opinion are just not up to snuff yet especially for these prices... I guess i'll just try to find a korean model on reverb then.  Hopefully one is brand new condition.  It really bothers me to see these prices for low quality... ESP is really making some mistakes and it's making me look at other brands. 

Marcelo B.

amazing guitar. when is the LTD camo coming? and the white vulture? 


Just bought myself one of these LTD Snakebyte guitars in snow white. I'm very impressed. The neck is comfortable, the pickups sound great, and the guitar balances very well on a strap. No complaints here. I am curious though. The nut type says "molded". Perhaps it's just another way to say plastic. On balance, a fine instrument I'll play for years.

Quentin P.

Are the 2021 Ltd Snakebyte models going to have stainless steal frets? Thanks!

Todd B. ESP

Hello, Current specs on the site are correct. If there will be any changes next year for this model or any others, we will update the specs at that time.

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Derrik C.

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