ESP LTD Snakebyte SE Baritone James Hetfield Signature in See-Thru Purple Sunburst

Special Edition - Only 500 Worldwide!

Only 500 Worldwide!
Written by

Elliot Stent

James Hetfield has been one of ESP's longest-serving endorsers, and his latest signature model is a rather special beast. Limited to just 500 pieces worldwide, the LTD Snakebyte SE Baritone will shake a room with its powerful EMG-driven tones and B-to-B factory tuning.

Finished in a gorgeous see-thru purple sunburst and featuring a stunning quilted Maple top, this classy-looking guitar also includes a fitted case and a Certificate of Authenticity.


The SE Baritone employs the same tonewoods used to construct the standard Snakebyte models. Formed from a Mahogany body and neck, this material guarantees a deep low-end with a lively and rich mid-range, giving your riffs all of the girth and attack you'll ever need.

The Snakebyte's 27" neck is adorned with a dark Macassar Ebony fingerboard, not only stealthy-looking but silky smooth under the fingers too. Speaking of playability, the neck boasts a comfortable 'Thin U' profile, allowing even shredders to feel at home on this instrument. Fitted with 22 extra jumbo frets, you can effortlessly add vibrato to notes without any hindrance.

Electronics & Hardware

Pickups are the most important element of an electric guitar when it comes to its tone. With the LTD Snakebyte SE Baritone, you'll find a pair of Hetfield's signature active EMG "Het" Set humbuckers, capable of dishing out plenty of output.

With distortion, these pickups sound focused and defined, responding dynamically to your picking attack. Thick and saturated with palm-muted power chords too, with clean settings these humbuckers sparkle and sound very articulate, especially in conjunction with a chorus pedal - just like Hetfield!

ESP hasn't compromised the quality of the hardware either. Fitted with a set of locking tuners, the tuning stability of this instrument is incredible, while making the string-changing process much easier for you.

At the other end of the LTD Snakebyte SE Baritone, you'll find a high-quality Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece. Super-solid and comfortable under the picking hand, this bridge design allows you to easily to make setup adjustments. But with an instrument of this calibre, we're confident that you won't have to do too much tinkering!



  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Quilted Maple
  • Finish: See Thru Purple Sunburst


  • Construction: Set-Neck
  • Neck: 3Pc Mahogany
  • Neck Contour: Thin U
  • Scale: 27” Baritone Scale
  • Fingerboard: Macassar Ebony
  • Fingerboard Radius: 350mm
  • Nut Width: 42mm
  • Nut Type: Molded
  • Frets: 22 XJ

Hardware & Electronics

  • Hardware Colour: Black
  • Strap Buttons: Standard
  • Tuners: LTD Locking
  • Bridge: Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
  • Neck Pickup: EMG JH "HET" SET
  • Bridge Pickup: EMG JH "HET" SET
  • Electronics: Active
  • Controls: Vol/Vol/Toggle Switch
  • Strings: D'Addario XL158 (.013/.017/.026W/.036/.046/.062)
  • Factory Tuning: B E A D F# B
  • Case: Snakebyte SE Form Fit Case (Included)
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