Hetfield developed the Snakebyte’s figure, headstock, and other visual components. There is an apparent Gibson Traveler influence—no shock given that he’s wielded Travellers since the Drive the Super era and it’s the Traveler that motivated most of Hetfield’s ESP instruments. But the Snakebyte is developed around several, transformative modifications to the form, along with a developed round on the returning advantage, a beveled cutaway, and a hook-like end on the headstock.
The first thing that hit me when I took the Snakebyte out of its situation was how light it was. On a delivery range, the instrument considered only 7 1/2 weight, even though the system and throat are developed entirely from mahogany. The situation alone considered over twice as much as the instrument at 19 1/2 weight.
Metallica’s beat master has long been symbolic of EMG’s 81 and 60 pickups— two humbuckers that have likely stayed in benefit thanks to their organization with Metallica’s classic-thrash era. Double Amount buttons and a 3-way change control the effective, molten-hot flame breathers in the Snakebyte. And the collection power supply pocket sports a cool-looking steel door—located on the returning of the body— that appears like a vehicle’s flip-out ashtray.