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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.

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
Michael K.

My absolute favorite guitar I've ever owned. Sick axe 

Filip K.

I own this Guitar almost a year now and I am very happy with it. 

It is very comfortable to play, I am an explorer shape Guitar player anyway, but this one seems to fit better than the classic shapes we know. 

Sound is amazing and it makes fun to grab and play this Guitar.

Only point that makes me sad is, that my Fretboard is very bright at the lenght of the E and A String. So it would look better if it would be dark es it sholud. 

I Hope we will see an Vintage/ Olympic white Verions of the Snakbyte in some time.



David  B.

    Wow beautiful man  I love this guitar 

Sean G.

Just got my 2021 Indonesian Snakebyte and I’m extremely disappointed in the quality compared to the Korean models. DRASTIC difference in sound, feel, and look. Definitely NOT worth the money. Buy an older Korean one for half the price. This is EXTREMELY sad considering they said the quality was up to par with the old factory. I was looking forward to ordering the white Vulture when it comes out but if this is the quality to expect I won’t be doing that.

Robert D.

Damn, this is sad to hear... I was in the market for a snakebyte.  I hate that a signature model for this price is having quality issues... I would have expected this to be a korean made model... Indonesian guitars in my humble opinion are just not up to snuff yet especially for these prices... I guess i'll just try to find a korean model on reverb then.  Hopefully one is brand new condition.  It really bothers me to see these prices for low quality... ESP is really making some mistakes and it's making me look at other brands. 


Oof.   Sorry to hear that.  They are making them in Korea again thank goodness.   I just got one built in January 2022.      You just need to make sure to ask the vendor you buy it from.   A lot of them use stock pics that may say "Korea" on the headstock...but they send you an Indo model.      I have a fantastic Indo made Jackson guitar that's flawless, but I don't trust LTD for some reason.


Update....I'm the one with the 2022 Korean Snakebyte above.    Took me a few days to realize all the issues.   The nut is just a mess - chips broken out of the slots.   The bridge is not centered with the pickups (yes the bridge is out of center - NOT the nut.)    Overspray on the headstock, and you can see the glue line in the lower part of the body in the paint where they glued the piece of the body on.    Several black spots in the white finish.   Sounds great and feels great, but I'm not dealing with this for a $1500 guitar.    I'm sure it's a fluke but it's pretty rough.     I have an INDO Jackson that's flawless, and some Ibanez RG's and Prestige that are flawless and they cost much less.     Attempting a return right now.    Unfortunate because these things are hard to find brand new these days.

Marcelo B.

amazing guitar. when is the LTD camo coming? and the white vulture? 

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