A more affordable version, the APEX20 was released the same year. The design of both models is inspired by a Universe series guitar which Shaffer used in the early days of Korn.
The APEX200 has an RG series alder body bolted to a maple and wenge neck with a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with a compass design inlaid at the 12th fret. Components include DiMarzio Blaze pickups with a humbucker at the bridge and a single-coil at the neck, a Lo-Pro Edge 7 double locking tremolo bridge with the U-Bar which is unique to the Korn signature models and Gotoh tuning machines. It sports a dark gray matte finish with a natural headstock, black pickguard and red pickups.