Ask Korn Anything!

We're speaking to Korn guitarist James "Munky" Schaffer this week - ask him anything here and we'll pass your questions on.

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Have you ever wanted to ask Korn a personal question? Well, now's your chance! We're going to take your questions to James "Munky" Shaffer next week or so. All you have to do is pose your question in the comments below, and we'll take the best and most popular to him in our interview. Korn have been regarded as pioneers since they first emerged in 1993 and became a central figure in the nu-metal movement with their eccentric guitar tones and captivating emotional performances. They continue to push the envelope and even experimented with dub step, but now they're back to working with rock - and have even reunited with original guitarist "Head" in 2013. Ask anything you like. Remember, good questions are open ended - it's better to ask something that starts with "how" than "what" which usually leads to one words answers, for example. It's a great chance to get to know James and the band better than ever, so post your questions below and we'll post the results after speaking to him. Thanks!

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    How much does friendly rivalry factor into your working relationship with Head? Most bands with two guitarists have the lead and the rhythm but the two of you split duties pretty evenly. Did you guys ever try to outdo each other or have volume battles at practice in the early years?
    Maybe if Mucky thinks that he didn't get enough guitars on Korn albums, he might do a solo album of unreleased or unused/ or brand new material? EDIT: never mind. I just heard Fear and the Nervous System, it's awesomme! Thank you everyone on here for talking about it. Munky do more of those!
    Are you sick of Jonathon Davies trying to shoehorn Dubstep 'influences' into your current releases?
    I know, it really takes away from Munky's playing. HE was the the reason I got into Korn. I found what he managed to do was interesting. Lately I can barely him him in the mix. With Head back, they are on the right track.
    How did you guys ending up on South Park come along?
    And with God, tell-all-books and a pile of terrible records sticking to the band now, do you think Matt and Trey ever regret they depicted Korn as a 'cool' band on South Park?
    What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
    Spanish or European?
    What happens when Pinocchio says that his nose will grow?
    If Pinocchio is saying that his nose WILL grow, then he may be telling the truth. We do not know the precise moment as of yet, but we do know that his nose will eventually grow, due to his rare case of Mynosegrow Swhenlying syndrome. Although, had he stated that his nose would be growing at that precise moment, then yoU J20E0 001u0ur044j40j0f49000wiikk000x0xxxxxj009494022..... FILE NOT FOUND..... ..... READY..... ?SYNTAX ERROR..... FORMULA TOO COMPLEX..... ..... READY..... .....
    If you could spawn a sequel to any song in your catalog, kind of like Metallica's Unforgiven I, II, and III... which song would it be and why?
    "Is this the way to Amarillo". Only two logical conclusions, either "You lying c**t, it was LEFT at Albequeque" or "Yep... now to buy a satnav". As for Korn songs... I don't thnk any of their songs need a sequel.
    Jim #4
    how many layers of rhythm guitars do you use on a record typically? or what does the signal chain look like?
    wouldn't that be more a of something for producers? (I'm saying this thinking Korn is like any other band who has producers and don't produce their own music - I'm not about to wikipedia it either, so don't flame me for this)
    What was the first guitar part you wrote that when after you wrote it you were like, "I'm a ****ing boss."
    who uses more pedals between you and head? most importantly what gear did you guys use to record follow the leader? the sound you guys created is just tooooo epic?
    I started listening to some of their older songs for the first time in quite a while. Now that I play guitar and know more about it, it was easier to really see how some of their guitar work was really special and how they added to the music. This does make me more curious about how they get their tone and some of those sounds too.
    If you had the chance to go back and re-record or rewrite a KoRn record, which record would that be and what would you change about it?
    are there still any plans for a covers album? i was quite looking forward to that.
    Yeah I was interested in their "Korn Kovers" release too. Especially their cover of NIN's Head Like a Hole. If there isn't an album, is there any chance of the songs being released separately e.g. as B-sides or digitally?
    Would you be interested in having a pet monkey called "Munky" and ocassionally swap places with the Munky monkey appearing in photoshoots with Korn and other promotional work, just to potentially confuse people?
    What kind of work did you put into reproducing David Gilmour's tone (at least during the solo) in your cover of "Another Brick"?
    Where did the "signature" Korn guitar tuning come from?
    you're kidding me right? its just a seven string in standard tuned one whole step down. not really that complicated
    Was it a conscious choice to take the thick guitars away after Head left or did it just naturally end up that way? Why didn't you include songs like Eaten Up Inside on SYOTOS it's one of the best Korn songs ever?
    i agree. i didn't hear that song until years later and i was like why the hell didn't this make the album? and i actually enjoyed SYOTOS, thought it was good, not great
    I'd like to ask Head if he has any plans of giving "talks" about Jesus in the middle of a Korn concert?
    If you could play in any non-rock orientated band, what band and what instrument would you play in?
    How have you grown as a writer since the first Korn album? Have you ever thought about jumping to an 8 string?
    Which bands nowadays keep the rock n roll spirit alive ? Who do you want to headline a show with ?
    How do you feel about the nowadays condition of the bands who were into the nu metal league in the early 2000s (like Deftones, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, P.O.D. etc.)? How do you like their changed styles or staying in the same direction?
    B.B.K. From follow the Leader is the Short Form for?
    Big Black Kock, it's what JD used to call Jack Daniels and Coke
    I'm going to use that term for when I hit on women at the club. "Hey, babe...let me buy you a drink.", Her - "Sure, Appletini", "Nope, I only give women Big Black Kock."
    good luck with that
    He's probably gonna be more successful than what I've been doing...Just whipping it out and saying "Well now what are we gonna do about this?"
    List your touring rig/setup, please. Guitars, picks, cables, wireless, pedals, amps cabinets, and etc. Rig Rundown style.
    Can you speak a little bit about how different it is being in KoRn now that you're all sober?
    How did you come up with the band name?
    One of Jonathan's gay friends had diarrhea and shat sweetcorn into someone's mouth so he used to say "corn" and gross people out all the time
    Who inspired you to pick up the guitar in the very beginning?
    What was the first piece of music you ever played (like a riff or a lick)?
    Why did you guys stop wearing saggy jeans and hip hop/skate style shirts and stuff all look like a classic rock band now
    I live in Bakersfield Ca and I'm curious, how often do you guys come back home and do you guys ever think about doing a secret home show? What are some of your guys' favorite kick back spots here in town?
    With Head being back, will you ever revive that Korn Kover album, because you have had bunch of covers already?
    Sammy Mantis
    I saw a video clip of you playing the Buckethead signature LP. Are you a Buckethead fan, or perhaps just trying out the guitar?
    Please ask them this: Have you ever considered to to make UNPLUGGED version of PATH OF TOTALITY? (with the orchestra and everything)
    At what point did you know you were going to make it big?
    How do you go about integrating theatricality into your live show? Is it important to you in a performance or just a bonus when it happens?
    Can you guys please do an album with just guitar, bass, drums, vocals, and bagpipes again please?
    Do you plan on releasing an album of B-Sides and songs that never made it on to your official albums?
    I got one question for Munky. That parents from your pictures from your instagram. Are they your real parents like biological parents or not ? Cause I heard somewhere that you were adopted.
    In the past many korn albums leaked months before it was scheduled. What kind of measures did you take on this album to prevent it leaking?
    What is your favorite vocal style for Jonathan Davis and which non single song on the new album is your favorite?