ESP LTD James Hetfield Signature Snakebyte - Snow White

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Mahogany Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, and 2 Active EMG Humbucking Pickups - Snow White
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James Hetfield's Signature Guitar

Built for performance and loaded with aggressive features, the ESP LTD Snakebyte James Hetfield signature electric solidbody guitar doesn't just looks impressive, it delivers the sound that made metal what it is today. The edgy design of the body confronts you with a look that is combative while maintaining great balance on your knee or strap. A set of Hetfield's signature EMG pickups balance the offer the best of active and passive tones, and high-end hardware and tonewoods make the LTD Snakebtye a good option for the gigging rock or metal guitarist.

ESP LTD Snakebyte Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Sleek and balanced Snakebyte body
  • EMG JH Het Set active pickups
  • High-performance features
Sleek and balanced Snakebyte body

Aside from being instantly recognizable as one of the world's most iconic metal guitars, ESP LTD's Snakebyte body style makes the it one of the most playable and well-balanced guitars you can get your hands on. The body shape ensures the guitar won't neck dive when its on your knee or strapped over your shoulder. And you'll appreciate how your arm naturally rests on the body for optimal picking placement. There's a reason Snakebytes are a favorite among metal purists here at Sweetwater.

EMG JH Het Set active pickups

Metallica and EMG have both individually and collectively helped define the modern sound of heavy metal guitar. When James got together with EMG to design his signature set of pickups they set out to create a pair of active humbuckers that offered the output and clarity of the 85 and 81 pair Hetfield had been using for decades, but with the nuance, punch, and dynamics of a great set of passive pickups. The JH pickup set uses oversized ceramic and steel pole pieces to give your LTD Snakebyte that exact combination for a powerful rock sound.

High-performance features

This LTD Snakebyte James Hetfield signature electric guitar boasts a lot of appointments that are normally reserved for guitars costing considerably more. The headstock is outfitted with six of ESP's LTD locking tuners to make string changes a breeze while keeping your tuning stable. A TonePros locking Tune-O-Matic bridge and tailpiece lock the hardware down to the body, giving you optimal string vibration transfer to your guitar's body. And the sleek ebony fretboard displays James's Snakebyte inlay on the 12th fret.

ESP LTD Snakebyte James Hetfield Signature Electric Guitar Features:
  • Signature guitar designed by and for James Hetfield of Metallica
  • Balanced mahogany body adds huge, warm tones
  • EMG active JH "Het Set" humbuckers
  • LTD locking tuners keep your tuning stable
  • Tonepros locking TOM bridge ensures reliable intonation
  • Stark ebony fretboard with custom Snakebyte inlay
The ESP LTD Snakebyte was designed by one of the kings of metal.

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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, 13.7" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay JH
Number of Frets 22, XJ
Scale Length 24.75"
Nut Width 1.654"
Nut Material Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece Tonepros locking TOM
Tuners Locking
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup EMG JH-N Active Humbucker
Bridge Pickup EMG JH-B Active Humbucker
Controls Neck Volume, Bridge Volume, 3-way pickup toggle
Strings (.010-.046)
Case Included Yes
Manufacturer Part Number LSNAKEBYTESW

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Feels and plays amazing. I'm very satisfied with this guitar. Any Metallica fan would love this guitar.


Smokin hot guitar! JH EMG'S SIZZLE! No fuss to get the tone I want paired with a Blackstar ID:60 TVP amp, sounds just like Metallica. received in perfect condition, tuned and ready to burn right out of the box.Had some concerns over shipping but they had it packaged very well protected. Couldn't be happier with my order and will definitely be ordering my next guitar from Sweetwater! Thanks Brock!


This guitar is seriously bad a** in looks and especially sound. The pickups are great. Most neck pick ups I've tried can barely pick up harmonics, but the jh neck could pick it up and it sounds clear. The bridge pick up is a beast. It's great for chugging and it's so percussive sounding when you palm mute. The guitar is well balanced and feels so great to play. I recommend buying this guitar, especially from sweetwater. It could easily go up against a gibson explorer. \m/
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