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
Andrew K.

Hi, I was just wondering how is the 3Pc neck on this guitar constructed. I understand there are 2 options: 1) you have a piece of timber running the whole length of the neck and then you have a heel at the body joint and a headstock glued on to that piese of timber, which makes it a 3-piece and 2) is you basically have 3 pieces of  of wood laminated together, which run the whole length of the neck (including the heel and the headstock) and then the neck is carved out of it, which I understand, makes the neck more rigid. Which of these 2 options is the case here?

Thanks,

Andrew

Todd B. ESP

Hi Andrew, We use a 3 piece laminated construction for all our set neck and thru neck models. So it is option 2 on your question.

Dirk V.

Hello ESP, on what songs does James usually use the satin black version. I hope you can answer my question to make the right choice myself.

Kind Regards,

Dirk

Mike H.

He has been using the satin black byte as well as the camo byte for Sad But True (D tuning) on this tour.  It is the same scale as his white byte as well as the V so you can use it for any MetallicA song (E and Eb).  The purple top that just got released is a baritone and he only uses that one for the lowered live tuning of Dream No More.

 

Todd B. ESP

Hi Dirk, James may use different guitars live and in studio and he switches out between the Black and White Snakebyte versions for similar tunings. Mike H. has answered correctly according to the current tour (thanks Mike), and he pointing out something that is good to know. The BLK & SW Snakebytes are standard scale (24.75") and the new Purple SE Baritone is longer scale (27") for tuning down lower to B-E-A-D-F#-B tunings or similar range of tunings. Hope this helps.

Alex J.

I'm currently waiting it out to get one of these guitars because of the rumored purple finish. I want one of these so bad but I'd feel like a fool if I jumped the gun and got one in white or black and the super cool purple finish comes out right after I get it.

Todd B. ESP

Hi Alex, just keep in mind that the purple one we built for James is a baritone scale. That means it's tuned down lower to B-E-A-D-F#-B, and has a 27" scale length. So there still could be a need for both instruments for different tunings.

Matthew H.

You could do what I did, get the black one AND the purple one. I've had the black satin for over a year and I love it. Just got the Baritone version because it adds another dimension to my collection while keeping the same shape and hardware I'm used to. Beastly guitars.

Todd B. ESP

Hi Matthew, Thanks for posting your suggestions. Glad you like your Snakebytes!

Sebastian M.

If you're gonna release the flamed purple Snakebyte i guess is going to be baritone right?

Todd B. ESP

Hi Sebastian, correct, if this is released then it would be like the one built for James which is a baritone scale.

Michael O.

Are you guys planning to release the flamed purple snakebyte to the public??

Todd B. ESP

Hi Michael,

James and ESP are discussing the possibility of a sig model  but haven’t reached a final decision. Stay tuned!

NOTE: ESP doesn’t pre-announce any instruments until they are close to being released. We will post information on the ESP site if a model is going to be made available to the public. Thanks!

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