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

Construction Set-Neck
Scale 24.75"
Body Mahogany
Neck 3Pc Mahogany
Fingerboard Macassar Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
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
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Volume/Volume/Toggle Switch
Strings D'Addario XL110 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case Included Y
Controls Snakebyte

Just bought myself one of these LTD Snakebyte guitars in snow white. I'm very impressed. The neck is comfortable, the pickups sound great, and the guitar balances very well on a strap. No complaints here. I am curious though. The nut type says "molded". Perhaps it's just another way to say plastic. On balance, a fine instrument I'll play for years.

Quentin P.

Are the 2021 Ltd Snakebyte models going to have stainless steal frets? Thanks!

Todd B. ESP

Hello, Current specs on the site are correct. If there will be any changes next year for this model or any others, we will update the specs at that time.

If you have any questions not answered on our product page or need help with your instrument, please contact ESP Customer Service at

Derrik C.

i would also love to know this

Rafael Laird  R.

Cuando dejan de producir esta guitarra tienen fecha ? La descontinuaran? ?? Es que quiero una pero aun no junto todo el dinero

Carl N.

if you have any questions you may reach out to our customer service team at or  

Jim S.

Are these gloss or matte?  Guitar Centers website says satin but i thought the snow white ones were gloss.

Carl N.

if you have any questions you may reach out to our customer service team at or 

Ryan S.

The white ones are gloss and the black ones are matte

George A.

Hello Esp 


Got the Ltd snakebyte a week ago and to be truthful i was fearful of the last year's complaints about quality control on these. 

My snakebyte had terrible fretwork problems and the cherry on top was the fact that they are going to be available again on February.

Anyway i just wanted to ask if you are going to change something referring to their quality control as it seems that the problems started appearing when you moved the guitar to indonesia plus you guys bumped the price quite a lot but whatever. 

I just wanna know if you are going to do anything about the issues because it is clearly not an isolated incident. 

Carl N.

Not sure what this is pointing out but if you have any questions or concerns you may reach out to our customer service team at or

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