Model

ESP SNAKEBYTE

SNOW WHITE

$4,299.00 with case

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, Schaller straplocks, Sperzel locking tuners, and a TonePros locking TOM bridge and tailpiece. Available in Snow White or Black Satin finishes, as well as in a lefthanded version. 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 in Snow White, left-handed, and Black Satin (also available left-handed). 

Specifications
Certificate of Authenticity
Y (US Only)
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
Schaller Straplock
Tuners
Sperzel 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
Elixir Nanoweb Light (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case
SNAKEBYTE FORM FIT CASE
Case Included
Y
Prices and specifications subject to change.
Comments
Mark C.

Hi quick question. Are these made from the custom shop? I was just wondering if it says SS stamped at the back Signature Series with serial number. Does it also come from the custom shop? Thank you. 

Carl N.

Hey Mark, SS was typically used for standard series instruments.  While these are not custom shop instruments they will be produced in a manner that is equal to custom instruments in terms of quality.  I believe these will have an E prefix serial number currently.  Hope this helps!

Mark C.

I see the description says custom shop that's why I wanted to know. So the earlier year models have different suffixes for the serial number is that right? Anyways I'm pretty sure the Snakebyte is crafted real well. Ever since I got to own my ESP MII I never want to own any other brand again. Been a big fam since the 90s! ESP all the way! Cheers for the info mate! 

Carl N.

Hey Mark, they're crafted one by one, by highly skilled luthiers, in the same manner in which our custom shop instruments are produced.  Typically these instruments are made to order.  Hope this helps!

Mark C.

Thanks again mate! Cheers!