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Overview

  • Set-neck construction
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • Mahogany body
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    $1,570.00
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A new custom body and headstock designed by James.

The James Hetfield Snakebyte is coiled and ready to strike. The modified EX body an all-mahogany and neck construction, ebony fretboard with 22 extra-jumbo frets, and venomous EMG active humbuckers. The metal logo headstock and fretboard snake inlay warn all who approach to tread lightly or be infected from an extremely heavy bite. It has a set-neck construction at 24.75" scale, with a mahogany body and neck, and an ebony fingerboard with 22 XJ frets. The Snakebyte comes with a bunch of high-end components, including ESP locking tuners, ESP straplocks, a Tonepros locking bridge/tailpiece, and EMG JH Het Set active pickups.

Features

  • Set-neck construction
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Pearloid snake inlay
  • 42mm nut width
  • Thin-U neck contour
  • 22 XJ frets
  • Metal logo on headstock
  • Black hardware
  • ESP locking tuners
  • TonePros locking Tune-o-matic-style bridge/tailpiece
  • EMG JH Het Set Active Pickups

Take a bite out James' metal recipe book and order the Snakebyte today.

 
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ESPLTD James Hetfield Snakebyte Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (6)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome

      By Paul Cunningham

      from Fort Polk, LA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte Electric Guitar:

        I've had this guitar for about 3 years now, and I couldn't be happier. It's a lightweight, great looking, made-for-metal machine. James Hetfield is my guitar idol, so it was a no-brainer for me to pick this up, and I haven't been disappointed. Looks awesome, sounds and plays great, and is my go-to guitar now. One feature I really love is the locking tuners--string changes are quick and easy. Guitar now comes with JH signature EMG pickups. Go get it!

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        (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Almost Perfect

        By CaptainAwesome64

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Unbalanced

        Best Uses

          Comments about ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte Electric Guitar:

          Only problem is that when you sit down with it, it starts to slide to the right because it's heavy in the back compared to the rest of the guitar.

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          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Black Snakebyte

          By Krunchlord

          from Pittsburgh, Pa

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte Electric Guitar:

            I don't really care about any of the negative views about this written before - the sound and tone of this guitar is awesome. As far as it being "heavy" or "Bulky" its not. I had 2 Jackson Kelly guitars and the snakebyte in my opinion is far easier to hold, play, and basically have fun with. The fret board is fairly fast and again the tone it delivers is really really decent. I play all sorts of Rock - Heavy Rock - Basic Metal - Gothic and Symphonic Rock/Metal. There is no issues with this guitar when I play any genre all-though it does fit best with Metal and Symphonic Hard Rock.

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            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing guitar!

            By Jbooth324

            from MA

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Sounds amazing

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte Electric Guitar:

                Awesome guitar! only problem was it developed a stress crack in the neck joint after a couple months. Just cosmetic, in the clear coat and barley noticeable. From what i read online, this was common and happened to a lot of people. I keep it in the case and took extremely good care of it and it still developed. Other than that, the tone is amazing, pups are awesome, and feels well balanced for its size!

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                (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                JUST WOW

                By Michael B

                from Columbus, Ohio

                Comments about ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte Electric Guitar:

                If you like good, quality guitars, metallica, rock, metal, or music in general, then get this guitar. It's you loss.
                Such a great guitar, matches metallica sound PERFECTLY, has two EMG pickups (Older models have 81/60, now they come with JH pickups), and the snake on th neck is amazing and has such good craftsmanship. Not to mention the new shape of a guitar, which is great.

                Have had it for like 5 months now.
                They took their time when it comes to making these, not a single nick or dent in the guitar. I found it on the lighter side to be honest, but that comes with an opinion and what not. Sitting with this guitar is pretty easy, not like sitting with a les paul, but some people, IN MY OPINION, overcomplicate it.
                How isn't it worth it?

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                (2 of 49 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Dissapointing

                Comments about ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte Electric Guitar:

                When I was demoing an amp at the guitar store the other day, I found I was dissappointed by every guitar I picked up, including this one. None of the guitars played comfortably or felt right. The amp was not at fault. This guitar is very large and unweildy, and even though I like the shape, it could never sit in my lap right, although standing up with a strap might have fixed this. The playability was equal to or less than that of a VMNTX from dean I have sitting at home, and the tone was okay. but not very good. If you like the shape that much, go for it, but otherwise, I would avoid this guitar.

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                (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                My Hetfield's ESP LTD Snakebyte

                By Guitar Explorer

                from Phoenix Arizona

                Comments about ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte Electric Guitar:

                Well, I just got my Snow White Hetfield ESP LTD Guitar! I have to say this is a very good guitar for the money! I played it for over an hour at the store and was absolutely impressed with the fit/finish and playability of the guitar! This guitar is on the light side and feels great while both sitting or standing up! The neck is thin/fast and very comfortable. The frets are on the tall side and polished well. The edges of the fret board are slightly rounded making it easy to hold and move up and down the neck.The pickups give it a great sound either with a clean or dirty channel.My final assessment... Well done Mr. Hetfield and ESP! Well done indeed!I look forward to a lot of playing and enjoyment from this guitar.

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                (6 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I can't wait to get this!!!

                By Anonymous

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte Electric Guitar:

                I've been waiting so long for James to get a signature Explorer or Explorer-like guitar and here it is.This thing is sick in all the right ways with the mahogany body, EMG pickups, and ebony fretboard it's got to be the baddest guitar on the market right now and I absolutely can not wait to get it.

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