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ESP James Hetfield Signature Snakebyte in Snow White


"The ESP Snakebyte is a guitar fit for one of metal’s reigning rhythm kings. But it’ll get along with any player with thrashier tendencies in their music and playing style. The neck and fretboard couldn’t get any more comfortable, and the weight is perfect for those long gigs that put demands on your hands, shoulders, and stamina. Make no mistake, it’s wholeheartedly a metal-oriented instrument, and won’t replace your favorite Tele or Les Paul during those classic-rock or blues moments. But for straight-up aggression and power, it’s one of the finest ways the ride the lightning." - Premier Guitar

Here's what ESP says about the James Hetfield Signature Snakebyte:

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.



  • Series: Signature
  • Body Material: Mahogany
  • Construction: Set-Neck
  • Body Finish: Snow White


  • Neck Material: 1-Piece Mahogany
  • Neck Shape: Thin U
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Fingerboard Radius: 305mm
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Fret Size: Extra Jumbo
  • Nut: Bone
  • Nut Width: 42mm

Hardware & Electronics

  • Bridge Pickup: EMG JH Set
  • Neck Pickup: EMG JH Set
  • Controls: Vol/Vol/Toggle Switch
  • Bridge: Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
  • Tuning Machines: Sperzel Locking
  • Control Knobs: Black
  • Case Included: Yes - CSNAKEBYTEFF
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