Munky and Head with their K7 models (for more images see below) Red copyright sprite

The Ibanez K7, also known as the K-7, was the signature model of guitarists James "Munky" Shaffer and Brian "Head" Welch of the American band Korn, introduced in 2001. It is the first and only model of the K series.

Basically a 7-string RG series model, several modifications were made up by Munky and Head, including a mahogany wood body, custom DiMarzio pickups (PAF 7) with simplified controls and their signature U-bar. They also came factory tuned to Korn's signature tuning: A, D, G, C, F, A, D (low to high).

The K7 guitars were originally available in two finishes: Blade Gray (Brian "Head" Welch's model), and Firespeak Blue (James "Munky" Shaffer's model).

After Head parted ways with Korn in 2005, Ibanez replaced the K7 series with the new APEX series in 2007. These are linked to Munky only, however K7's can still be seen played by Munky and Head in several situations.

K7 Specifications

Specifications for K7
Model name: K7
Year(s) produced: 2001–2006
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): BG (Blade Gray) / FB (Fire Spark Blue)
Body material:
Neck joint:
Lo-Pro Edge 7 tremolo with U-bar
Hardware color:
Powder cosmo
Neck type:
K7 / K7 Prestige
Neck material:
2001-2004: 5-piece maple/bubinga
2005-2006: 5-piece maple/wenge
Fingerboard material:
Bound rosewood
Fingerboard inlays:
K-7 on 12th fret
24 / jumbo
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
DiMarzio PAF 7
Neck pickup:
DiMarzio PAF 7
1 volume / 3-way lever
Factory tuning:
A, D, G, C, F, A, D


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 K7 models came with a specially modified Lo-Pro Edge 7 tremolo to accommodate the U-bar but also came with a standard arm for traditional set-up.


K7 BG (Blade Gray)
K7 FB (Fire Spark Blue)

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