Kapa guitars were founded in ’63 by a Dutch immigrant dude called Koop Venemen. He had a music shop and then became one of the many to get into the booming guitar manufacturing business in the 60′s.
Venemen imported the necks, pickups and electronics from Hofner and the tuners from Schaller in Germany. He then built the bodies, bridges and tremolos back home in Maryland and assembled them all there.
Kapa were really the American Hofner and the Challenger was Kapa’s most popular models.
One of Kapa’s earliest models, it has a killer sounding tone circuit and pickups that can be really mellow and warm all the way up to overdriven scuzz fuzz. Super loud Hofner humbuckers although they may just be single coil- the debate continues – all I know is that these Hofner 511 super twin coils are some of the coolest sounding pickups I have ever heard.
Strat like body – supposedly Fender sued – so it’s a “Lawsuit Model”.
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