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ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte Electric Guitar with Case, Black, Blemished

Designed by Papa Het himself, this maghogany-bodied ESP axe sports a set neck for serious sustain, and custom EMG active humbuckers based on the EMG 81/60. (21) Read 9 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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James Hetfield Snakebyte Black

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What's special about this product?
Features: What it does for you:
EMG James Hetfield "Het Set" active pickups Based on EMG 81/60; tight attack, scooped mids
TonePros bridge Upgraded materials & precise workmanship
Thin U-shaped neck Slim shape with fast, easy-to-play feel
Sperzel locking tuners Locking machine heads ensure tuning stability
ESP LTD's James Hetfield Snakebyte electric guitar may carry the Metallica frontman's name and signature pickups, but with its set-neck construction and locking tuners, it's got features to please just about anyone with a wild and heavy playing style.

Hetfield-Designed Pickups Roar

Players on a mission to nail those heavy Metallica rhythm guitar sounds will appreciate the pickups loaded in the Snakebyte. The EMG JH "Het Set" pickups were designed in collaboration with Hetfield himself, to evoke the EMG pickups he's used for the past 30 years. The neck pickup includes ceramic poles and bobbins, while the bridge pickup uses steel pole pieces. The results for both are higher-output and fuller in the low end than the EMG 60/81 combo Hetfield previously used.

Solid Design Breeds Sustain

The Snakebyte's all-mahogany body is carved into a wicked body shape familiar to anyone who's seen Metallica take the stage in recent years. Mahogany is a preferred tonewood for players seeking a naturally warm and full-bodied sound. The mahogany neck is set into the body for improved sustain, and is cut in a thin-U neck contour for speedy play. The 22 extra-jumbo fret ebony fretboard features a custom Snakebyte marker centered around the 12th fret.

Thrash Away While Staying in Tune

To ensure the Snakebyte was ready for wild and aggressive players, ESP outfitted the guitar with high-end features like Sperzel locking tuners, and a TonePros locking Tune-O-Matic bridge and tailpiece. Though the hardtail bridge does not offer whammy bar potential, the locking bridge and tuners mean you can beat down on the low strings or make wide bends on the high strings without worrying about unintentional detuning. When you do want to take your sound down low, the locking mechanisms ensure you'll stay in the desired drop tuning without having to constantly readjust the keys.

Features:

- Mahogany body in signature Snakebyte shape
- Set mahogany thin-U contoured neck
- Ebony fretboard
- 24.75" neck scale
- EMG JH "Het Set" active humbucker neck pickup
- EMG JH "Het Set" active humbucker bridge pickup
- Sperzel Locking tuners
- TonePros Tune-O-Matic locking bridge and tailpiece
- 3-way pickup selector switch, separate neck and bridge volume knobs

Ride the lightning on a true metal machine: the ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte.

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Neck Joint: Set-Neck Construction
Scale: 24.75 inches
Body: Mahogany
Neck: Mahogany
Fingerboard: Ebony
Nut: 42mm Bone Nut
Neck Contour: Thin U Neck Contour
Frets: 22 XJ
Hardware: Black
Tuners: LTD Locking
Bridge: TonePros Locking TOM Bridge & Tailpiece
Pickups: EMG JH "Het Set" active pickups
Controls: 3-Way Switch, Neck Volume, Bridge Volume
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Black
Shipping Weight: 32 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 54 x 19 x 5 in
Snow White
Shipping Weight: 31 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 54 x 20 x 5 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-423-8388

Product Description

The original design of the ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte is sure to turn some heads. Adding to the great look of the guitar is a set neck for great sustain, 24.75-inch scale length, mahogany body and neck, and an ebony fingerboard with 22 XJ frets. The Snakebyte comes with a bunch of high-end components, including Sperzel locking tuners, a Tonepros locking bridge/tailpiece, and EMG JH Het Set active humbuckers for high output tone, chunky rhythm, and searing solos.

Features:

- Thin U neck contour for comfortable playing up and down the neck
- Set neck for great sustain and stability
- Mahogany body and neck
- 22 XJ fret ebony fingerboard
- Sperzel locking tuners for great stability and smooth tuning
- EMG JH Het Set active humbuckers
Customer Reviews
5 out of 5 (21 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Good work Papa Het & ESP, good work indeed!"
Sound: I love the sound this guitar produces. the EMG active 81/60's are amazing. As a fan of James Hetfield, I cannot be happier about this setup. Feature: Fantastic, my only complaint is that there is only 1 screw in the trus rod cover. But otherwise, this thing is perfect, it was straight and the action was great right out of the box. Ease of Use: Oh man the neck is frigging fast. However, if it wasn't for my finger ease string lunricant, i would not be able to move around the neck. Man it was like the paint was still not quite dry.... Quality: As stated above, the paint felt "sticky" almost it was hard to slide around without any finger ease. Otherwise this thing will definately be one reliable guitar. I can definately see it lasting as long as my Gibson Explorer Value: Ok, here we go...For the price. This is 100% worth it. Many people claim that the difference between ESP and LTD is the quality of the qood/craftsmanship/laquer. Well, here is what I see...Both ESP and LTD use Mohogany wood for the body/neck, so maybe its a higher quality wood in ESP...meh...All ESP guitars are hand made, while LTD goes through a prduction line. A human person still touches each guitar.so not a huge difference. And the paint? Ok, well its not as fantastic as on an ESP< however, those minute differences for a 2G price difference? Yeah the LTD is worth the price allright. Manufacturer Support: I dealt with ESP guitars on one occasion because no one could tell me if this guitar came with a case. So by going through them, I was able to get my questions answered in a timely manner. Great customer support. As far as Zzounds.com, they were extremely profesional. When I came to them about the case, they were extremely speedy about getting the answers I was seeking. The Wow Factor: The headstock is so mean looking. The lower horn really gives it a kick over the typical explorer. The cutout on the bottom half of the rear isn't really needed, but I understand James wanted a radical new design, and this does it. I think if the back stayed the same, it would still kick some serious tail.... Overall: I am extremely satisfied with this guitar, the only change I am going to make is pulling out the 81/60's and replace them with the brand new "Het set" pickups once they become available around 20 May 2011. Then I will throw the 81/60's in my Gibson Explorer.
Style of Music: Metal Metal Metal
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Poppa Het knows how to design a guitar"
Overall: I have had the guitar now for a few months did my set up. Out about 7 guitars, this is by far my favorite! I didn't know what to expect since I had never actually seen the guitar in person. I opened the case and was just blown away! I was offset by the thinness of the body and headstock. BUT this would be an unbelievably heavy if not. Thanks James for keeping the sound and reducing the weight! Anybody who has ever played shows know how heavy it can be! The playability of this guitar is silky smooth wants you get it set up (no it is not set up to play the way it was supposed to out of box) the resonation of this body is 2nd to none. The pure beauty of this guitar is 2nd to none. The pickups? Again Mr Het sho knows his stuff! Wow!! Best sounding pickups ever! From clean to soak ya distortion they have a very detailed range while clean hooked up to your lead channel they run HOT!! All this with a hard shell case? Unbelievable kudos ESP if you have explorer style bodies this will be your favorite get it! You won't be disappointed!! Of course I have to mention the greatest music store in the business!! Zzounds!!! My second guitar from them. These guys are the greatest love their payment plans, customer service is 2nd to none!!! You know they are musicians and understand our needs and limitation. My girlfriend might get jealous but u have to say it! I love love you Zzounds
Style of Music: Anything that rocks and gets ya motivated
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