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ESP LTD Snakebyte James Hetfield Signature Guitar in Black Satin

Gnarly looks and gnarly tones, complete with gnarly hardcase!


The ESP LTD Snakebyte is not a guitar for the faint-hearted. Designed with the one and only James Hetfield, it’s built with precision rhythm playing, snarling leads and buckets of attitude in mind.

The unique body shape is combined with high-end components including EMG pickups, Sperzel locking tuners, a Tonepros bridge and Schaller straplocks. It’s only fitting that in his case, ESP LTD opted for the EMG Het Set pickups. Hetfield’s signature set combines his love of classic rock ‘n’ roll guitar sound with the modern, razor-sharp tones of active pickups.

The clean-cut, razor sharp looks of the Snakebyte perfectly reflect its sound; precise, powerful and out for the kill. Tread carefully!

Here's what ESP say:

Your eyes aren't deceiving you. The James Hetfield Snakebyte is a brand new body style for ESP and LTD in 2011. 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 Sperzel locking tuners, Schaller straplocks, a Tonepros locking bridge/tailpiece, and EMG Het Set active pickups.


  • Set-Neck Construction
  • 24.75" Scale
  • Mahogany Body
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Ebony Fingerboard
  • 42mm Bone Nut
  • Thin U Neck Contour
  • 22 XJ Frets
  • Black Hardware
  • Sperzel Locking Tuners
  • Tonepros Locking TOM Bridge & Tailpiece
  • EMG Het Set Pickups
  • Finish: Satin Black
  • Controls: 3-Way Switch, Neck Volume, Bridge Volume
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