APEX1 BBK 2010
APEX1 Biker's Black (2010) (more images) Red copyright sprite

The APEX1 is a seven-string solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 2007. It is a signature guitar created for James "Munky" Shaffer, guitarist for the American band Korn. It is the initial model in the APEX series.

Previously Munky shared the K7 Korn signature model with his former bandmate Brian "Head" Welch. The K7 was discontinued in 2006 in favor of the APEX models.

The APEX1 is based on the RG series body shape. It features a mahogany body mated to a custom maple and wenge neck with a 24-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with special inlays. Components include dual DiMarzio PAF 7 pickups, Gotoh tuners, a locking nut and a double locking tremolo bridge with the special U-bar which is a continuation from the K7.

For 2010, the Edge Pro 7 bridge was replaced by the Lo Pro Edge 7, when the former was discontinued.

The APEX2 is a similar model built for a lower price point.

The APEX1 was discontinued upon the release of the APEX100 in 2011.


Specifications for APEX1
Model name: APEX1
Year(s) produced: 2007–2010
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): BBK (Biker's Black)
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Neck joint:
2007-2009: Edge Pro 7 tremolo
2010: Lo Pro Edge 7 tremolo
Hardware color:
Powder cosmo
Neck type:
APEX Prestige
Neck material:
5-piece maple/ walnut
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood w/ binding
Fingerboard inlays:
APEX special
24 / jumbo
Locking nut
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG381 non-locking
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
DiMarzio PAF 7
Neck pickup:
DiMarzio PAF 7
Master volume / 3-way lever
String gauge (factory):
Factory tuning:
1D 2A 3F 4C 5D 6G 7A


The U-bar is an alternative for the standard tremolo arm. It lets you palm the bridge to get tremolo effects without touching the fine tuners. The APEX1 has a specially modified Edge Pro 7 tremolo to accommodate the U-bar but also can be used with a standard arm for traditional set-up.


APEX1 BBK (2007–2009) Red copyright sprite


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