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This page is dedicated to all things Kapa. Kapa guitars were made in the USA by Koob Vaneman, a Dutch immigrant. His idea was to have an affordable, quality guitar, for the average person. He also ran a retail operation in Maryland, Vanemans music emporium. The guitars are early copy era stylings, very slim necks, Jaguar style bodies early on, then a teardrop copy called the Minstrel, which was available as a six or twelve string as well as a bass.Later there were hollowbodies, the 500 series, which were imported from japan{unassembled}. Other style names are, but not limited to, The Cobra, a single pickup model with a smaller body, the Challenger, which has strat like features, the Continental, which was available in 6&12 string models, as well as a single or two pickup bass, The Wildcat, a strat style but with three humbuckers. You'll see many of those models here.

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This is one of my favorite guitars. Its a mint condition Kapa Wildcat. Three stapletop pickups, maple neck, and you gotta love that beautiful sunburst and pizza slice pickguard. I purchased this from a fellow named Tony. It was his uncles guitar and meant alot to him, but he doesnt play, and he wanted it to be played and loved. Well, I love it!

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This is a mid sixties Kapa continental 12 string. Two staple top pickups, the 12 string was also available with a vibrato as well. It has a nice sound, think "Eight miles high". One problem the twelve string version has, due to the slim neck, forward bowing can occur. I do need to occaisionally tickle the truss rod on this one, but she still plays well.

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This is my mid sixties Challenger, non original pickups, slim fast neck, good sustain, nicely relic'd body. Its missing the tremelo bar, but thats ok, a little easier on the strings! These are terrific players.
Editors note: The Early Kapas had Hofner{Pix} adjustable pickups, the later models had non adjustable japanese staple tops.

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Heres a one of a kind{take that as you wil} a '65 Kapa Cobra, slim neck, pearloid dot markers, with a single Hofner pickup. When I bought this guitar, it was stained with a dark walnut stain. I joked with the Kapa site moderater that it looked like a coffee table without legs. Thus, it became the "Coffee table Kapa". One day this past summer, I was browsing some older guitars and came across a "Delft Blue" colored strat from the same era. So I decided to paint it. It came out quite nicely, and the color is a nice touch, even if its a non Kapa color. I then painted the pickguard a' la' Van Gogh....so now its known as the "Van Kapa". Fitting in as Mr Vaneman is of Dutch decent{as am I, however I dont claim to have V. Van Goghs ability}.

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Here are a pair of mid sixties Kapa Continentals, a sunburst,  and a fairly common burgundy colour. The sunburst is missing the trem bar{Im am certain there is a place in the universe where every missing trem bar is piled a mile high, along with missing wallets, car keys, lighters, etc.!} the burgundy is complete with trem. The burgundy has Japanese staple top pickups, the sunburst has Hofners{pix}.