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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 Satin
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
Ulric  P.

I got this guitar about a year ago, and I have a few things to say— it is definitely not a $1500 guitar. It definitely feels more like a $600-$700 guitar. It is the heaviest, most uncomfortable thing to play sitting down, and it’s probably the biggest of any of the axes if played. The qc is questionable. I don’t know if this is just relevant to mine, but there are multiple problems with the frets and the fretboards, such as the fact that the edges of the frets are not smooth and poke out very slightly out of the sides of the fretboard. The logo fell off when I changed strings for the first time, and the  knobs are in a way so that if you’re playing live, you can’t just shove your hand down and mute the guitar. There are some good things about the guitar, however. The pickups sound badass and the fretboard wood feels awesome. This guitar feels great if you play live(despite the knobs) because of the weight and the eventual angle of the guitar. Overall, it’s a 4/10. Not worth the $1500, and I’m definitely playing my $500 schecter 7 over this. Sounds great though 

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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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.

JP Hönninger

Damn, I got one but I prefer the satin finish, wanna trade? Lol

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