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The K7, also seen as the K-7, is a solid body guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 2001. It 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 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. The K720th was introduced in 2020 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of this model.


Specifications for K7
Year(s) produced: 2001–2006
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Blade Gray (BG) / Fire Spark Blue (FB)
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Neck joint:
Lo-Pro Edge 7 tremolo w/ U-bar (10.8mm string spacing)
Knob style:
Gotoh VK1-19 knurled metal dome
Hardware color:
Powder cosmo
Neck type:
K7 / K7 Prestige
Neck material:
2001-2004: 5-piece maple/ bubinga
2005-2006: 5-piece maple/ wenge
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood w/ binding
Fingerboard inlays:
K-7 on 12th fret
24 / jumbo SBB215-175
Top-Lok III-7 (48mm)
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG381
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
DiMarzio PAF 7 (H)
Neck pickup:
DiMarzio PAF 7 (H)
Master volume / 3-way lever
Output jack:
¼" stereo barrel
Factory tuning:


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.


Additional finishes/ details
Blade Gray
Fire Spark Blue
HH 3-way toggle
Pickup switching
Controls V3L
Controls layout


Ibanez K-7 Fire Spark Blue 2001 James Munky Shaffer K7 Korn Signature 7 string guitar close up video-0

Ibanez K-7 Fire Spark Blue 2001 James Munky Shaffer K7 Korn Signature 7 string guitar close up video-0


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