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ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte Electric Guitar Satin Black

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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. T... Click To Read More About This Product


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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.

Includes hardshell case.

  • Body
  • Body shape: Other
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Satin
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: Thin U
  • Neck wood: Mahogany 3-piece
  • Joint: Neck-through
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Satin
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Ebony
  • Radius: Not specified
  • Fret size: Extra-jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Pearloid snake
  • Nut width: 1.656" (42mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: James Hetfield
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: James Hetfield
  • Brand: EMG
  • Active or passive: Active
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: ESP locking
  • Color: Black
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Signature model
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: Info not available
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ESPLTD James Hetfield Snakebyte Electric Guitar

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Tonal Bliss

By Matt

from St Cloud, MN

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


    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte Electric Guitar:

    I've owned roughly 15 guitars and played a lot of others, but I've never played a guitar that feels and sounds this good. I always wanted an explorer and now I know they are the perfect fit for me. I haven't tried the Het Set pickups until now but I'm sold, really digging them compared to the 81/85 and 81/60 combos in my other guitars. The setup out of the box was pretty close to perfect. I had to adjust the intonation on the D & G strings ever so slightly and raise the bridge pickup a tiny bit at the lower strings, but the action was spot on where I like it. I've always been impressed with ESP/LTD's offerings but this exceeded my expectations and then some. Nicely done Hetfield and the good people at ESP/LTD!

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


    Don't sleep on the Snakebyte.

    By Blaze Anderson

    from Salt Lake City


    • Good Looks.
    • Great Tone
    • Satin Neck


    • No Tone knob

    Best Uses

      Comments about ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte Electric Guitar:

      Went into the store looking for a Gibson explorer. Saw this hanging on the wall and was aware of the new product from the NAMM show videos. Had to sit down and jam on it. Wow. Satin neck, Sits great in your lap, and the neck radius is perfect. Not a thin U like Ibanez but not fat like a SG. On clean, it's bright and characteristic. I wouldn't say jingly, but not thin like a lot of actives tend to sound clean. Overdrive/dirty sounded phenomenal. Literally right when I switched to the dirty channel I had to bust out the opening master or puppets riff and it sounded on point. Just like the album. Had good chug, great sustain, killer looks. Even if your not a metallica fan, this is a shredder with characteristic. I was expecting a bland active pick up sound and was bite by the Snake! Killer guitar.

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