Summary: 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. This particular guitar has the “Snow White” finish & we recently set it up with a fresh set of 10’s so it is ready to be played and loved for years to come.
Body: Sleek & balanced SnakeByte solid body electric guitar……Aside from being instantly recognizable as one of the world's most iconic metal guitars, ESP LTD's “Snakebyte” body style makes 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 it’s on your knee or strapped over your shoulder. And you'll appreciate how your arm naturally rests on the body for optimal picking placement.
Neck: Mahogany set neck with an ebony fingerboard, fancy “Snakebyte” inlay on the fingerboard, 13.7” radius, 22 frets, 24.75” scale length, 1.654” nut width, bone nut, ESP locking tuning keys,
Pickups/Hardware: 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. This instrument also has a 3-way switch & one master volume & one master tone knob, black hardware, black ESP locking tuning keys, black plastic truss rod cover, fancy pearloid dot inlays & a custom “SnakeByte”
inlay on the ebony fingerboard.
Cosmetics: This instrument doesn’t show a lot of wear – the beautiful white finish is glossy & it looks even better up close & personal but you will find a few small scratches on the back & one ding near the input jack. There is also the beginnings of finish checking right around the treble side of the neck pocket but it is structurally sound. This guitar still has the plastic on the black back plates!
Playability: This LTD plays great – we set it up with a new set of 10’s and the action is low & the guitar plays great up & down the ebony fingerboard.
Weight: 8 lbs, 5 oz.
Case: This instrument comes with the original hard shell ESP black tolex case. This case has nice black plush interior & it fits the guitar perfect!
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