How Korn changed the face of guitar music

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Founded in Bakersfield, California, in 1993, at a time when alternative rock and metal was blossoming and anything and everything was up for grabs, Korn seized the nettle and took a different path to their contemporaries.

Influenced by Faith No More, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the iconoclastic idea of referencing hip-hop in rock, and, perhaps most significantly, inspired by the musical potential of having a 7-string guitar in the shape of the Steve Vai-designed Ibanez Universe, guitarists James 'Munky' Shaffer and Brian 'Head' Welch tuned metal down, loosened it up, pocketed it in a groove. 

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