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ESP James Hetfield Snakebyte Camo  ·  Source: ESP


The new ESP James Hetfield Snakebyte Camo signature model is trying to do anything but blend in! It won’t matter how you try to camouflage it, that unique body shape stands out a mile!


ESP & LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte Camo

If you like Metallica, then you will be more than aware of the James Hetfield Snakebyte signature models. For 2022, ESP is offering the model in a Camo finish. Available in both LTD and ESP Custom Shop versions, this guitar certainly stands out from the crowd, so the camouflage fails on one level. However, it was never really made to blend in and, in fact, it stands out beautifully. I think it looks great.

ESP James Hetfield Snakebyte Camo

ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte Camo

Hunting inspired

Hetfield is into hunting for sport. So this new camouflage finish was inspired by Hetfield’s favourite high-performance hunting gear manufacturer KUIU.


“The Snakebyte Camo is based on a very specific camouflage finish that James had us implement for one of his ESP Custom Shop guitars. Many Metallica fans have already seen James playing his Snakebyte Camo during concerts and festival appearances. We’re happy to make this great guitar available to the public, and be able to contribute to a very worthy cause.” –  Matt Masciandaro, president and CEO of the ESP Guitar Company. 

ESP James Hetfield Snakebyte KUIU Camo

ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte in KUIU Camo matching case


It has a solid mahogany body, a thin U-profile mahogany set neck, and an ebony fingerboard fitted with 22 extra-jumbo frets. It comes loaded with a set of Hetfield’s signature EMG active humbuckers, and has a TonePros locking TOM bridge and tailpiece, plus a set of  Sperzel locking tuners on the ESP version. These models are due out in May and come in a matching KUIU Camo finished hard case

ESP has43 new models coming out during Phase 1, so it should be a busy year for the brand.

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Image Sources:
  • ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte Camo: ESP
  • ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte KUIU Camo Iin matching case: ESP

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