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James Munky Shaffer was the nu metal band Korn's guitarist. He also performed live backing vocals.

He does have musical activities outside of Korn, though: he is the founder of Emotional Syphon Records, who have signed acts like Monster In The Machine and Droid.

James predominantly uses Ibanez guitars (his signature is the K7 7-string model) and Mesa Boogie & Diezel guitar amplifier. Munky describes his live pedal board as a "spaceship" because of the large, diverse quantity of effects he uses.

Let's look at what gear and equipment has been seen in the Korn Guitarists Guitar Rig.

Munky on guitar

CoolClick the gear images for more info & specs at Musician's FriendCool

Guitars

- Ibanez Apex100 Munky Signature

Ibanez APEX100 Munky Signature 7-string Electric Guitar

- Ibanez K7APEX2 (designed with Munky)

Ibanez K7APEX2 Electric Guitar Green Shadow

- Ibanez APEX1-BBK Munky Signature (2007 Model)
- Ibanez custom K14 guitar (used in the song Alone I Break)
- Ibanez custom RG8 guitar(2007 Ibanez model RG 2228)
- Ibanez custom K7 guitar
- Ibanez custom 7-stringed guitars
- Ibanez UV7BK guitar (Steve Vai signature)
- Gibson SG 6-stringed model (Tuned down to drop-A)

Gibson SG Standard Electric Guitar

- Gibson SG Double-Neck

DISCONTINUED - Gibson EDS-1275 Double-Neck Electric Guitar

- 64' Fender Strat

Fender American Vintage '65 Stratocaster Electric Guitar Dakota Red

- Ibanez GA6CE Classical-Nylon Acoustic-Electric

Ibanez GA Series GA6CE Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar

- Paul Reed Smith singlecut 7 string guitar (blackish - seen using in 2008)

- Gibson Buckethead signature Les Paul guitar (used in studio on "The Path of Totality")

- Gibson Les Paul BFG guitar (used in studio on "The Path of Totality")

- Fender Telecaster (used in studio on "The Path of Totality")

- old Hofner guitar (flatwound strings)

- Gibson lap steel played with EBow

- Hamer 12 string bass

- Origin 7-string custom guitar

 

Amps and Cabinets
- Mesa/Boogie Triple Rectifier Heads (one for clean one for Dirty)

Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier 150W Tube Guitar Amp Head

- Diezel VH4 Four-Channel and Diezel Hebert Heads

Diezel VH4 100W Tube Guitar Head BlackDiezel Herbert 180W Tube Guitar Head Black

- 3 Mesa/Boogie 4x12 stright-front cabinets loaded with celestion 75-watt speakers
(these cabinets are housed in flight case iso boxes and are mic'd from the inside)

Mesa Boogie Rectifier 240W 4x12 Standard Guitar Speaker Cabinet Black Straight

- 3 Mesa/Boogie 4x12 stright-front cabinets loaded with celestion 75-watt speakers
(these cabinets are suspended under the metal mesh stage and angled upward for monitoring)

- Line6 amps

- Marshall amps (JCM900) and cabs (1960AV 4x12 cabinets)

Marshall 1960AV or 1960BV 280W 4x12 Guitar Extension Cabinet

- Marshall vintage Plexi amp (used in studio on "The Path of Totality")

Marshall Plexi 1959SLP 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head

- Bogner Uberschall (used in studio on "The Path of Totality")

Bogner Uberschall Series 120W Tube Guitar Amp Head with EL34s

- Vox AC30 (used in studio on "The Path of Totality". Clean Tones)

Vox Custom AC30C2X 30W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

 

 

Effects and more

- BBE Soul Vibe pedal

BBE Soul Vibe Pedal

- Boss DD-6 and DD-3 pedals

Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Pedal

- Boss MT-2 Metal Zone

Boss MT-2 Metal Zone Effects Pedal

- Boss PS-5 Super Shifter

- Boss RV-3 and RV-5 Digital Reverb/Delay

Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb Effects Pedal

- Chimera Synthesis bC9 mini analog synth

- Devi Ever Bit Mangler pedal

Dwarfcraft Synth Mangler Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

- Digitech XP100 Whammy Wah

DigiTech Whammy Pitch-Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal

- Digitech Metal Master Distortion

DigiTech XMM Metal Master Heavy Metal Distortion Pedal

- Digitech synth wah

DigiTech XSW Synth Wah Envelope Filter Pedal

- DOD FX25 Envelope Filter

- Dunlop Univibe

- Dunlop Crybaby Wah

Dunlop Original Cry Baby Wah Pedal

- Dunlop Cry Baby 105Q Bass Wah

Dunlop Cry Baby 105Q Bass Wah Pedal

- Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi USA

Electro-Harmonix Classics USA Big Muff PI Distortion / Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal

- Electro-Harmonix Electric Mistress Flanger

Electro-Harmonix Classics Deluxe Electric Mistress Flanger / Filter Matrix Guitar Effects Pedal

- Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy

Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy Delay Guitar Effects Pedal

- Electro-Harmonix Micro Synth

Electro-Harmonix MicroSynth XO Guitar Effects Pedal - Micro Synth

- Electro-Harmonix POG

Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator Guitar Effects Pedal

 - Electro-Harmonix nano Small Stone Phaser

Electro-Harmonix Nano Small Stone Phase Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal

- Guyatone VT-X VINTAGE TREMOLO

- Ibanez Bi-Mode chorus

- Ibanez DE7 Delay/Echo

- Ibanez LF7 Lo Fi Filter Pedal

- Ibanez Tube Screamer DX

Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer Effects Pedal

- Majic Box distortion pedals

- MXR Phase 90

MXR M-101 Phase 90 Pedal

- MXR Talk Box

MXR M222 Talk Box

- Pigtronix Gatekeeper

- Prescription Electronics Depth Charge

- Rocktron Banshee Talk Box

Rocktron Banshee 2 Talk Box

- X-Wire XR 905 Digital Wirless Unit

- Whirlwind Selector A/B Box

Whirlwind Selector A/B Box

- Voodoo Lab Pedal Power

Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2+ Power Supply

- Z.Vex Seek Wah pedal

ZVex Hand-Painted Seek Wah II Guitar Effects Pedal

 

 Mics

 - cabs miced with Shure KSM27, Beta 52, and Beta 56 in 2013+

Shure Beta 52A Kick Drum MicShure Beta 56A Instrument Microphone


 

Strings and Picks
- Dean Markley Custom gauge strings (for K-7 AND RG-7) (for K-14) (for Fender Strat and Gibson SG's)

Dean Markley 2504 LTHB NickelSteel Electric Guitar Strings

- Dean Markley Alchemy Gold Bronze strings (for GA6CE)

- Dunlop Tortex Picks (think they are .73mm)

Dunlop Tortex Standard Guitar Picks

 

Go to the next page for more of Munky's guitar rig

 

 


 

 

James Munky Shaffer discussed in various interviews what his 2010 studio guitar rig looked like for the Korn III: Remember Who You Are album. We thought it would be worthwhile to create a separate page just for this gear.

 

Guitars
- Ibanez Apex guitar with leather crackle finish and stars across the fretboard

Ibanez APEX100 Munky Signature 7-string Electric Guitar

- old Yamaha Hollowbody

- Fender ’56 Telecaster

- Fender ’71 Strat

- Gibson Les Paul Studio

Gibson 2014 Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar

- Gibson Les Paul Standard

Gibson 2014 Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar

- Gibson Thunderbird

- Gibson BFG

- Silvertone guitar

- Gibson lap steel



Amps and Cabinets
- Marshall JCM800 amp

Marshall JCM800 2203 Vintage Series 100W Tube Head

- Peavey 5150 Mark III (this is what it says in an Ultimate Guitar interview. Not sure if he means a 5150, an EVH 5150 III, or a Mesa MKIII)

- Marshall 4x12 cabinet

Marshall 1960A or 1960B 300W 4x12 Guitar Extension Cabinet

- Diezel Herbert

- Vox 2x12 AC30 (clean sounds)

Vox Custom AC30C2X 30W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp





Effects
- Electro-Harmonix Memory Man

Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man XO Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal

- Electro-Harmonix POG and HOG pedals

Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator Guitar Effects PedalElectro-Harmonix HOG 2 Harmonic Octave Generator Guitar Effects Pedal

- RAT pedals

Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal

 

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