Is The ESP Snakebyte White Metal’s Next Greatest Guitar? An Unbiased Review 2022

The ESP Snakebyte White was designed by James Hetfield of Metallica and its most recent model came out last year in Korea.  Like any standard guitar, the Snakebyte has 22 frets, a 3-way switch, a neck volume, and a bridge volume. The older model featured Sperzel locking tuners, Schaller strap locks and EMG 81-60 pickups.

The latest specs however have a set-neck construction, a 24.75”, mahogany body, ebony fingerboard, LTD Locking Tuners, Tonepros Locking TOM Bridge & Tailpiece, and EMG JH SET Active Pickups. 


  • The EMG-JH pickups help the guitar give out great sound quality with very little noise.


  • The EMG-JH pickups help the guitar give out great sound quality with very little noise.

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The EMG-JH pickups give the guitar a very good sound quality which has a lot of mid-crunch and growl of a passive pickup but the power and presence of an active EMG give it a good sound for both distorted and cleaner sounds. The mid-tones are also very clear.

The nut of the Snakebyte is not cut quite properly which because of which the B and E strings don’t run all the way through the notches but it doesn’t seem to have any negative effect. The ESP Snakebyte White is a large guitar and it has a pretty solid build. The shape is intelligently made because the contours make it easier for forearm placement which makes it easier and efficient for the guitar player to have access to the higher frets.

The guitar does not have a tone dial with its model, instead, the manufacturer has opted to use two-volume dials; one for each pickup. This would not appease to some guitar players who demand the traditional features of the guitar but all in all.

Overall, the ESP Snakebyte White is a great guitar that many heavy metal musicians would deeply fancy. The sound, look and features complement its price tag. Although some minor tweaks would have been desirable the guitar is pretty much perfect in all angles.

This particular guitar was set up to perfection when I first got it. I was very surprised just how well it was done. I have other guitars that have been set up by pros that aren’t as well set up as the Snakebyte came.

GUYS! TWO WORDS, AMAZING GUITAR! i have a Gibson Les Paul and a SG Standard, but i always wanted an ESP and this Snakebite IS LOVELY! a must have guitar!

Looks awesome, sounds and plays great, and is my go-to guitar now. One feature I really love is the locking tuners–string changes are quick and easy. Guitar now comes with JH signature EMG pickups. Go get it!

They took their time when it comes to making these, not a single nick or dent in the guitar. I found it on the lighter side to be honest, but that comes with an opinion and what not. Sitting with this guitar is pretty easy.

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