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ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte Electric Guitar Satin Black


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The ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte Electric Guitar is Metallica frontman James Hetfield's weapon of choice. This modified EX shape guitar features a mahogany body and 3-piece mahogany neck for huge tones suited for the heaviest of metal. The fast-playing ebony fretboard is adorned with a venomous mother-of-pearl inlay and 22 extra-jumbo frets, allowing shredding at any speed. Powering this beast are EMG's JH "Het" Set active humbuckers, providing tight lows, searing highs and everything extreme in between. is proud to offer this high-performance ax with a satin black finish, black satin hardware and a hardshell case—everything needed to strike hard and heavy.

Modified Body Shape and All-Mahogany Construction

The Snakebyte's modified EX shape provides an offset yet balanced feel, ideal for complex rhythm work and machine-gun riffing. Its all-mahogany construction consisting of a mahogany body and 3-piece mahogany neck creates a thick, punchy tone perfect for high-gain applications. A 24.75" scale length and thin U neck profile offer fast, comfortable playing.

Venomous Fretboard and EMG Active Humbuckers

The Snakebyte's ebony fretboard features a mother-of-pearl Snakebyte inlay at the 12th fret, warning all who dare approach. Its 22 extra-jumbo frets allow blistering leads at any position. The EMG JH "Het" Set active humbuckers provide the biting tone Hetfield demands. The bridge pickup delivers tight lows and searing highs while the neck pickup provides warmth and clarity.

High-Performance Components for the Stage and Studio

The Snakebyte comes equipped with high-end components for the stage and studio, including ESP locking tuners, an LTD locking bridge, and ESP strap locks. The TonePros locking TOM bridge and tailpiece provide stable intonation for precise tuning. A satin black finish and black satin hardware give a sinister look. The included hardshell case protects this metal machine when not in use.

ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte Electric Guitar Satin Black
ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte Electric Guitar Satin Black

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  • 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 shape: Thin U
  • Neck wood: Mahogany 3-piece
  • Joint: Neck-through
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Satin
  • Material: Ebony
  • Radius: Not specified
  • Fret size: Extra-jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Pearloid snake
  • Nut width: 1.656" (42mm)
  • 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
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: ESP locking
  • Color: Black
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Signature model
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: Info not available

collapse expand iconWarranty

Limited lifetime warranty on all guitars.
One year warranty on parts and electronics.

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