KAPA CO-IV Continental 1966 Guitar COLLECTION. 6 guitars, one group. RARE. Made in the USA.

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Made in the USA





Six Guitars sold as

single collection.




Another “LITE Collection To Go” (“lite” is Norwegian for small) from my large collection of vintage guitars. Once again, I will describe this as another “AMERICANA Collection” since these guitars were Made In America in the 1960’s.


In 1999 I began collecting guitars. I focused on buying guitars that I liked but also on those brands that were no longer around, especially those that were Made In The USA. I have named them “Americana” brands.


At the same time, I believe that vintage, and some custom handmade, guitars are still among the best investments anyone can make. Especially “niche” guitars like many of mine. I cannot give investment advice, nor am I attempting to persuade anyone to buy guitars as investments, but can tell you that my guitar collection has increased in value many times over my real estate, stock, and other investments.

But more than that, I think for those of us who love guitars and like to have our own little “stash”, yet do not want to blow the grocery and rent budgets, it makes sense to look at these former Made In The USA brands as well as some high quality Made In Japan brands.

To make that easier for beginning, and seasoned, collectors I have decided to begin offering small packages of my guitars for sale as a group that represents the variety of products offered by a manufacturer.


“Guitar Collections To Go”

I have done the work for you:

1. I have found the best examples of a Brand in the marketplace that were available when I was buying them, or as I say, “I only sell the best guitars because I only bought the best guitars”.

2. I had my luthier check them out, repair them if necessary, clean them up, and set them up.

3. I found all of the information I could about them to include copies of catalogs, magazine reviews, and forum remarks.

And now I have gathered them in affordable variety collections that are ready to go to your guitar room.




Once more, a true story of American entrepreneurship in the music industry—the story of KAPA is one that demonstrates the influence that the electric guitar has had on popular culture and music history in the world but MADE IN THE USA brands like KAPA show how the popularity of the burgeoning rock and roll music phenomena carried over to the general population of Americans who wanted to make their own music.


For those wishing to begin his/her own guitar collection, this is a great place to start. These guitars are true pieces of Americana musical history. That makes collecting a lot easier. Also, this is a comprehensive package that is representative of the brand “KAPA” but along a single model line. By isolating on this single model grouping, you are able to make a more definitive statement with your collection. This is a comprehensive collection of the KAPA “Continental” model line showing the different finishes available for this model group.

Current collectors will find this “Lite” collection to be a perfect addition to his/her collection. It fits a great niche for a true “Americana” brand guitar that is extremely appealing in appearance but also rare. Uniqueness and limited supply also go to make a “collectible” more collectible.


What is unique about this brand is that it is a “cross culture” guitar using the extremely high quality of German parts from HOFNER (pickups) and SCHALLER (tuners) with the Tremolo system coming from Japan. All wood came from the USA and all guitars were “built” in the USA.


THIS KAPA COLLECTION. (all are Model# CO-VI, Model name “Continental” six string guitars with tremolo system).


A. Blue Finish (called “Thunderbird Blue “and “Metallic Blue”. Condition: “Fair”. This is a beautifully “aged” guitar showing its age (50+) with finish wear on back, front, and edges.

B. Yellow Finish (called “Pastel Yellow). Condition is “Good”. Finish shows wear with “spots” on the back.

C. Red Finish (called “Candy Apple Red”). Condition is “Very Good” with slight finish wear.

D. Green Finish (called “Ocean Turquoise”-note-these are metallic finishes and show different color tones based on age and wear). Condition is “Fair” with lots of finish dings, scratches, gouges, etc. Again, a great “relic” finish guitar.

E. Sunburst Finish. The traditional three color sunburst finish. Condition is “Good”.

F. Green Finish. This is an unusual finish color. More “Green Apple” tone than other green. Condition is “Fair” with lots of finish dings, scratches, gouges, etc. Again, a great “relic” finish guitar.



KAPA guitars are great playing guitars. These guitars were advertised as having . . “the ultra-thin Kapa neck, truly the easiest playing guitar in the world”. These necks were made from Maple wood with Rosewood fretboards.

The body of the “Continental” is a “thin” slab of wood that is offset shaped “like a Jaguar/Jazzmaster”. This body, with the bright and loud Hofner “Pix” pickups, give these guitars a strong and clear tone that is unique to this guitar.

What other “brand name” guitars does the KAPA “Continental” compare best to? Perhaps the FENDER MUSTANG or the GIBSON MELODY MAKER.


About the KAPA Guitar Company.


1. KAPA Guitars was founded in 1963 by a Dutch immigrant named Koob Veneman.

2. Mr. Veneman was the owner of Veneman's Music Emporium, a musical instrument store in Silver Spring Maryland.

3. During the early 1960’s Veneman made the decision to build his own unique line of guitars. This was the years of the British Invasion and the Guitar Boom and Mr. Veneman wanted his piece of the pie.

4. Many of the guitars in stock at the Veneman store consisted of guitars that were imported from Germany and Italy.

5. The connections with these companies provided him with an excellent opportunity to purchase supplies from overseas manufacturers. His plan was to order guitar parts from European suppliers, assemble them in Edmonston Maryland where the guitars bodies were created.

6. KAPA guitars were at a plant on 46th Avenue in the town of Edmonston, Maryland.

7. The necks, pickups and electronics originally came from German manufacturer Hofner.

8. The pickups used on this Kapa guitar were provided by Hofner. They were the “Staple Nova-Sonic Twin Coil Humbucking Pickups manufactured for Hofner by Franz Pix, Type 511. Later, Kapa had his own “staple” pickups built.

9. Also the bridge, electronics, and tailpiece (tremolo system) were made in Germany.

10. The guitars generally were equipped with two slider switches to control on/off function of the pickups, which is typical of Hofner's design of the 1960’s.

11. The tuners were made by Schaller.

12. Veneman named the company after himself, wife and children by using an anagram of their first names. Of course his name is Koob, his son’s name, Albert, his daughters name, Patricia and his wife’s name Adeline. Later Koob’s brother joined the family business.

13. KAPA necks are ultra-thin, which is sort of a ’60 thing. Guitarists wanted to play fast and for some odd reason, manufacturers equated this with skinny necks instead of low action.

14. The bodies also were thin in comparison to Fender and Gibson bodies.

KAPA went out of business in 1970 and its assets were sold to MICROFRETS and MOSRITE. It is a small world.




Please ask all questions before buying this KAPA vintage guitar collection


NOTE: I am not a DEALER. This guitar comes directly from my PERSONAL COLLECTION consisting of 1,600+ pieces. Thank you for viewing this auction and please look at the other items I have for sale on ebay and Reverb at this time.


NOTE: The following terms and conditions apply to the entire six-piece collection as a single lot so all references to a single guitar applies to the entire lot. Individual returns will not be allowed, i.e., if you are not happy with one of the guitars, then the entire collection must be returned. In the case of repairs being needed, then those can be dealt with individually.




Understanding the normal hesitation of buying a guitar without first playing it, I want to make sure these guitars make you happy. To accomplish that, I want you to try them for 72 hours (three days). Play them, hold them, walk around with them on your back, sleep with then-whatever it takes for you to make sure these are the ones for you. During that time, you can return them for a full refund of your payment price (but of course they need to be treated well while you have them,  as I expect you will) less shipping cost and you must pay the cost to ship it back to us.

If one arrives damaged, please let me know immediately by email. Be sure to hold onto all packing material and the box. I will contact the shipper for an inspection. Remember that this can take up to a couple of weeks but I will rush it along.

Minor problems. If there is a problem with one of the guitars when it arrives, e.g., loose wires etc. then I will work with you to get it repaired by someone in your area.




B. Shipping Policy: I will ship to the continental USA ONLY.

C. Return Policy: (applies to all pieces as a single lot).

1. Returnable within 3 days of delivery. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging and no signs of use. Buyer assumes responsibility for all return shipping costs.

2. Returns of undamaged and unmodified instruments may allowed, with permission of Seller, for a period of up to 14 days following delivering but will be subject to a 20% restocking fee. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging and no signs of use. Buyer assumes responsibility for all return shipping costs.

D. Refunds: Buyer receives a full refund in their original payment method less any shipping charges and restocking fees if appropriate.

E. The guarantee:

1. The guitar is in the cosmetic condition as described in this ad. Used guitars will all have signs of use to include dings, dents, scratches, smudges, etc.

2, The guitar is in fully operational condition.

3. Buyer has 72 hrs. to inspect the guitar or have it inspected. Any defects, damage, misrepresentations or other problems must be reported within that time period in writing to the Seller.

4. In the case of damage during shipment, Buyer shall immediately inform seller of such damage and will maintain all original packing materials and box for inspection by the transportation company.

5. If other problems are discovered, Seller will either arrange for repair etc. at a location near the Buyer or request that the Buyer return the guitar to the Seller. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging and no signs of use. Buyer assumes responsibility for all return shipping costs.

Seller will correct indicated problems and ship the guitar back to the Buyer within 7-10 days of receiving it.

6. Refund Procedure.

a. In the event that the guitar cannot be repaired or replaced with a similar item from Seller’s inventory, the Seller will provide a full refund in their original payment method less any shipping charges and restocking fees if appropriate.

b. During this 72-hour evaluation period, the Buyer may return the guitar for any reason by notifying Seller and receiving a Return Authorization number. Guitar must be in the same condition as received by the Buyer. Buyer pays cost of shipping guitar back to Seller.

c. Returns may be allowed, with permission of Seller and issuance of RA#, after the 72 hour evaluation period for up to 14 days total but a standard 20% Restocking Fee will be charged for the return. Guitar must be in the same condition as received by the Buyer. Buyer pays cost of shipping guitar back to Seller.

NOTE: I want each Buyer of a guitar from my collection to be pleased and happy with his/her purchase so let me know immediately of any problems with your purchase so that we can work it out. Thanks.

Thank you for looking at this incredible VINTAGE guitar collection from my collection.


Product Specs

Listed5 years ago
ConditionFair (Used)
Fair condition gear should function but will show noticeable cosmetic damage or other issues.learn more
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