Model

LTD SNAKEBYTE

BLACK SATIN

$1,299.00 with case

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. Available in Black Satin or Snow White finishes, as well as in a lefthanded version

(U.S. Only)
Specifications
Construction
Set-Neck
Scale
24.75"
Body
Mahogany
Neck
3Pc Mahogany
Fingerboard
Macassar Ebony
Fingerboard Radius
350mm
Finish
BLACK SATIN
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
Neck PU
EMG JH SET
Bridge PU
EMG JH SET
Electronics
Active
Electronics Layout
Vol/Vol/Toggle Switch
Strings
D'Addario XL110 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case
SNAKEBYTE FORM FIT CASE
Case Included
Y
Prices and specifications subject to change.
Comments
Booker

Price? 

Todd B. ESP

Hi Booker,

If you are within the USA the price is listed on each product page. 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: https://www.espguitars.com/locations?categories=intl-distributors   

Remi V.

i surley wanne buy this guitar but i got one question: can you get on the 22 fret without trouble

Todd B. ESP

Hi Remi, Yes it's very easy to access the 22F.

Matthew B.

When it comes to the satin black finish on the Snakebyte and other guitars that have a satin finish, could one theoretically buff the guitar to turn the finish to a glossier one?

 

Also, does the Snow White version have a similar satin finish?

Todd B. ESP

Hi Matthew, In order to turn a black satin guitar into a black gloss guitar, you would have to put a gloss clear coat over the top of the satin coat. This is so that you have enough finish to sand and buff. You could try it on the satin top coat, but typically satin top coats are very thin, so there is not much paint to work with (you would need to sand before buffing). Probably the best you will get is a semi gloss, but not full gloss and you might risk sanding through the finish into the color layer causing more complications. So our best advice is put a clear coat over the top to do it right.

The Snow White version is a gloss paint. We always use the word "Satin" in our color names, so if it is not referred to as satin then it is a gloss finish.

Alex M.

Thanks for your reply. I’ll get me one ASAP. 

Todd B. ESP

Excellent!

Alex M.

Hi. I’m interested in the LTD Snakebyte. My question is: is there easy access to the 22nd fret? I do a lot of soloing on the upper registers. I have your LTD Vulture. It’s a beast. Love it. I also have your EII Arrow. I’m a V guy but I’d really like to get my hands on the Snakebyte. It will depend on the access to the the 22nd fret. Thanks. 

Todd B. ESP

Hi Alex, I would say that if you like your Vulture model and that access is ok for you, then the Snakebyte would be similar or even slightly better. Although it doesn't have our "set thru" heel shape which is what most people prefer, the access to the upper frets is very good compared to our typical old style Eclipse. You can see from the photo showing the back of guitar that the body shape at the neck joint allows you to easily reach the 22nd fret. Hope that helps.

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