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The LTD 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 three-piece mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard and 22 extra-jumbo frets with a snake inlay at the 12th fret. The LTD Snakebyte is powered by James' own EMG JH SET active pickups, and includes a TonePros locking TOM bridge and tailpiece. 

Construction Set-Neck
Scale 24.75"
Body Mahogany
Neck 3Pc Mahogany
Fingerboard Macassar Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Molded
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 22 XJ
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button Standard
Tuners LTD Locking
Bridge Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Volume/Volume/Toggle Switch
Strings D'Addario XL110 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case Included Y
Controls Snakebyte
Adam W.

Is this guitar stil being made or avaliable????

Todd B. ESP

Hello, this model is still being made. For pricing and availability contact your nearest dealer or distributor if you live outside the US.

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If you have any questions not answered on our product page, please contact ESP Customer Service at [email protected]

Adam W.

Hey how much would this guitar cost in aud australian dollar i wanna know a decent base price


Todd B. ESP

Hello, If you live outside the US, please contact your local distributor or nearest dealer for your pricing and availability. Here is a link to our distributor page:   

Adam W.

is this the satain finish and is it avaliable still if so where in australia would i find this instrument for sale

Todd B. ESP

Hello, please contact your nearest distributor, they can assist you. Here is a link to our distributor page:   

Derrik C.

I love the white Snakebyte but i really wish the Gloss Black one would come back

Todd B. ESP

Hi, thanks for your comments.

Olivier V.

How come in some videos and pictures the guitar seems 'glossy'? I really like the black mat finish, but if after some months it becomes glossy, i would prefer the white finish. Thank you

Todd B. ESP

Hi, not sure why that is but could be lighting or glare on the instrument. Please also note that we have made the LTD Snakebyte in Black Gloss previously so if it is an older video or photo it could be one of those. You're right that it is normal for a satin or matte finish to eventually turn slightly glossy depending on how much use it gets. You are actually polishing the finish slowly with your hands, wherever you touch the guitar the most, so usually the back of the neck and the arm rest area can turn slightly shiny on a satin finish.

Olivier V.

Thank you for answering! The previous shiny models could indeed easely explain this. 

The proces of 'shining by use', is this reverseble? Can you (let a guitarbuilder) get the matty satin back on?



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