Made by hand at the ESP Custom Shop in Japan, the ESP 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 single-piece mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard and 22 extra-jumbo frets with a snake inlay at the 12th fret. The ESP Snakebyte is powered by James' own EMG JH SET active pickups, and includes premier components such as a bone nut, ESP strap locks, Sperzel locking tuners, and a TonePros locking TOM bridge and tailpiece. The ESP Snakebyte includes a hardshell case and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from ESP. The Snakebyte is also available in an LTD version.
I just received my Snow White ESP Snakebyte today. This guitar is beyond amazing. This is my first actual ESP and I must say, it lives up to all of the hype I’ve been reading about. ONLY ONE COMPLAINT….. there was no Certificate of Authenticity in the case…. I know it’s not that big of a deal, but when you are dropping that kind of money on a guitar like this, it’d be nice if all of the promised “case candy” was included. Otherwise, I highly recommend this to anyone who is torn between the ESP or the LTD. Go for the real deal.
I am very disappointed as I just bought a brand new Snow White ESP, non LTD, Snakebyte and it arrived warped and has to be destroyed. It will be 1-2 years to get a new one!!! Super frustrating. ESP refunded me due to warranty but this is the second ESP I bought in a row that had to be returned to ESP for an issue.