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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.
Construction Set-Neck
Scale 24.75"
Body Mahogany
Neck 1Pc Mahogany
Fingerboard Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 305mm
Finish Snow White
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Bone
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 22 XJ
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button ESP Strap Lock
Tuners Sperzel Locking
Bridge TonePros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Volume/Volume/Toggle Switch
Strings Elixir Nanoweb Light (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case Included Y
Controls Snakebyte
Kristopher K.

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.

Anthony M.

Recently received my new white ESP snakebyte. It is my 4th ESP, but first one made in the custom shop.  This guitar takes my breath away.  I am astounded by the level of craftsmanship, everything is perfect.  I can’t put it down, my other ESP’s are going to be lonely for a while!!

Aaron B.

Hey Anthony, I ordered mine about 11 months ago and super excited about it! I wanted to ask, how long did you have to wait for yours to arrive? Sweetwater hasn’t been able to give me a good answer on when to expect it. Thank you for your time and rock on!

Anthony M.

Hi Aaron, actually I refused to wait so I purchased mine from Hiend Guitars in Indonesia, they had 2 in stock at the time. Shipping to the States was painful but I had it in less than 2 weeks!

Forged Concepts

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. 

Ryan T.

man I have one on order and due by year end. I certainly hope this is not the case for me. I mean, s***t happens, but 2x!!! oh hellz naw!

Karrie M.

Is there currently an issue with the ESP snakebyte in Snow White due to the current pandemic? Just curious as none of the dealers in the USA seem to have it even have listed for ordering.

Todd B. ESP

Hi, These are usually built to order. Please contact any dealers who can place a special order for this model as you may not find it in stock at most dealers.


Sorry for you. Did you ordered it directly from ESP or from a third party distributor ?

José Antonio H.

Se me olvido comentaros que me parece curioso que la guitarra no traiga nada de documentacion y si traiga colgado con una cuerda y un carton la marca de las cuerdas.... paradoja....

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