Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Mahogany Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, Locking Tuners, and 2 Active EMG JH Humbucking Pickups - Snow White
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Hetfield's Signature Snakebyte Guitar!

Show the world your metal chops with the Japanese-made ESP Snakebyte solidbody electric guitar. This guitar is the same model Metallica's James Hetfield uses night after night on the road. Built for blistering, metal mayhem and loaded with a custom set of EMG active humbuckers, the ESP Snakebyte not only looks impressive, it delivers the sound that made metal what it is today. Why settle for second best, when you can have the same axe James Hetfield himself uses. Call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer and order your ESP Snakebyte today!

ESP Snakebyte Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Sleek and balanced Snakebyte body keeps you coiled and ready to strike
  • EMG JH Het Set active pickups deliver over 30 years of smokin' Metallica tone
  • Top-of-the-line quality from Japanese-made ESP guitars
Sleek and balanced Snakebyte body keeps you coiled and ready to strike

Aside from being instantly recognizable as one of the world's most iconic metal guitars, ESP's Snakebyte body style is one of the most playable and well-balanced guitars you can get your hands on. Whether you're chugging away down at the headstock or shredding up the neck, the ESP Snakebyte naturally gravitates to the right spot. Killer looks, epic performance - that's what the ESP Snakebyte is all about!

EMG JH Het Set active pickups deliver over 30 years of smokin' Metallica tone

Prepare for iconic metal tone every time you pick up your ESP Snakebyte. Even if you're not a Metallica fan, you've got to admit that these are the guys who set the bar for metal tone. When EMG got together with James Hetfield, they created something amazing - the JH pickup set. Modeled after the tone Hetfield has been using onstage of over 30 years, these active humbuckers deliver massive high-output tone. Oversized ceramic and steel pole pieces give your ESP Snakebyte a mix of ultra-tight bite, frothy crunch, and extreme low-end punch.

Top-of-the-line quality from Japanese-made ESP guitars

ESP started as a manufacturer of after-market guitar parts in Japan in the late 1970s. By the mid-80s ESP was making custom guitars for some of the biggest names in rock. An exacting eye toward playability and craftsmanship has made ESP Guitars one of the most visible and prevalent guitar brands in rock and metal. Each ESP guitar is still made in Japan. Their commitment to quality is second to none, and their impressive roster of endorsers proves it. From George Lynch to Ron Wood to Gus G., Kirk Hammett, and Alexi Laiho, ESP makes the guitars that today's guitar heroes use.

ESP Snakebyte Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Get the same guitar that metal riff-meister James Hetfield uses onstage
  • Made in Japan
  • Brilliantly balanced mahogany body feels great and delivers fat and warm fundamentals
  • EMG active JH "Het" set humbuckers cover the gamut from thick and tight riffage to over-the-top solo tones
  • Sperzel locking tuners keep your axe in tune
  • Tonepros locking TOM bridge ensures perfect intonation and responsive action
Get the real deal with the ESP Snakebyte James Hetfield Signature Model guitar!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Snakebyte
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Mahogany
Body Finish Polyurethane
Color Snow White
Neck Material Mahogany, Set
Neck Shape Thin U
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay JH
Number of Frets 22, XJ
Scale Length 24.75"
Nut Width 1.654"
Nut Material Molded
Bridge/Tailpiece Tonepros locking TOM
Tuners Sperzel locking tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup EMG JH-N Active Humbucker
Bridge Pickup EMG JH-B Active Humbucker
Controls 1 x volume, 1 x tone, 3-way pickup toggle
Strings (.010-.046)
Manufacturer Part Number ESNAKEBYTESW

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