Got this kickass Apex 1 from Rich/IbanezRules last friday. Before I go on, a word or two about the inlay: I don't care if you like it or not. That's not what this thread is about. If it makes you cringe, that's cool. Just don't fill this space with a whole bunch of whining please . The Apex (and the K7) are pretty badass in their own right. They're assosciated with Korn, and that causes a lot of trauma for some - I actually like Korn so it doesn't bother me. this guitar sounds as good as my old K7 - very dark and heavy while still maintaining A LOT of clarity and separation in the notes. Even under really high gain situations, it's crystal clear. The PAF 7s are damn good. Some believe that lower output pups aren't suitable for rock/metal, but they actually work well (for me anyways). I'll save the rest for the review, and move on to the pics . (sorry for the shitty quality and date - grabbed the wrong camera) Rich from IbanezRules is a pimp. The setup was absolutely flawless when she arrived, and his attention to detail is unmatched. He actually called me before it shipped to let me know that the nut was missing some Powder Cosmo coating because someone in Japan apparently tried to radius it a little better than stock. FWIU, most Ibanez 7 nuts are flatter than the fretboard, meaning the outer strings are usually higher and the middle strings lower than they should be. Then he discovered that they tried to thru-mount a top-mount nut leaving only 3 or so threads to mount it due to the way they countersunk the top holes. He corrected that as well. All in all, I'm completely happy with the experience and the guitar. Like I said, I'll post a full review a little later on, so stay tuned.