Kapa Challenger 1960's 2 Tone Sunburst

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Brunswick, MD, United States
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KAPA CHALLENGER U.S. Vintage 1960's SUNBURST Electric Guitar in good condition!  Some scratches due to age, missing whammy bar.  See pictures.

Made in the USA!  


KAPA Guitars was founded in 1963 by a Dutch immigrant named Koob Veneman.
Mr. Veneman was the owner of Veneman's Music Emporium, a musical instrument store in Silver Spring Maryland.

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.

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

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

The necks, pickups and electronics originally came from German manufacturer Hofner. 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. In the company's later years they made their own pickups, which looked similar to Hofner units.

The tuners were made by Schaller. Kapa made his own bridges and tremolo assemblies. Most KAPA guitars are equipped with the tremolo.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.

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.

KAPA was able to sell it's instruments at a price well below the competitors.
It was rumored that Fender filed a lawsuit against Kapa in the 1960's, although I cannot seen to find anything to verify a suit.

KAPA guitars were founded on some great principals set up by the Venemans. The instruments were well made, playable and affordable. Plus they were made in the USA.

KAPA guitars are still available through collectors and sellers. If set up properly they are nice and affordable players.

It is also wonderful that KAPA guitars were a product of the United States.

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This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging.

Product Specs

Listed6 years ago
ConditionGood (Used)
Good condition items function properly but may exhibit some wear and tear.learn more
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  • United States

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