KAPA GUITARS

Posted by Tara Veneman-miller on Sat, 08/17/02 - 00:52:45.

IN REGARDS TO KAPA GUITARS. MY GRANDPA STARTED KAPA GUITARS AND I WOULD LIKE ANY OTHER INFOMATION YOU CAN GIVE ME ABOUT THE COMPANY. MY DADS NAME WAS ALBERT, HE DIED IN 1993 HIS MOTHER MARTHA DIED IN 1983 ALBERT VENEMAN SR. DIED OF A BRAIN TUMOR BEFORE I WAS BORN. ALBERT, MY FATHER CAME TO AMERICA IN THE LATE 50'S HIS BROTHER KOOB CAME HERE A FEW YEARS AFTER THAT, AND LIVES IN MARYLAND AND SOLD HIS COMPANY ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO. MY FATHER HAD 3 KIDS AND KOOB HAD 3 KIDS 2 ALIVE TODAY. PLEASE SEND ANY INFO POSSIBLE. I WOULD LOVE TO GET MY HANDS ON A KAPA GUITAR. TARA MILLER VENEMAN.

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My KAPA 500 Series Project

I know this thread is stale, but there's too much good information here on Kapa guitars to start from scratch.

I recently bought an unfinished es335 copy on FleaBay, allegedly made in Germany in 1968. It has dates written on the body & neck pocket, as well as a few other markings. The seller claims that they were found in a warehouse in Germany. It was reasonably priced, so I bought it.

I also did some digging for German guitar manufacturers in the late 60's, and found pics of a Kapa Series 500. I've looked at pics of every other German-made es335 copy I could find, and I'm 98% sure that this is the real thing. Would be great if I could authenticate it, but I'm not worried about the value, just more curious than anything.

So I'm in the process of building out this new, 47 year old guitar. I've built a few Fender parts basses, but never a Gibson style set-neck 6 string.
It has a clear tung-oil finish, gold hardware and a custom tortoise pickguard.
I'm installing '59 Custom Hybrid Duncans & es335 wiring, instead of the Hofners that should be on a German-made Kapa.
I looked up & down for the Kapa trapeze tailpiece, to no avail so I'm using a TonePros AVR-1 bridge & tail like an es335.

After reading the Kapa history here, I was very surprised to learn that the company was owned by the Veneman family. I went to U of MD and frequented Veneman Music in Silver Spring whenever I could afford something.

I feel even more of a connection to this guitar now. I wish there was a way to authenticate it, but even if it's not really a Kapa, its still a great story.

Thanks for reading. Here are some pics of my build if you're interested.

Kapa 500

Don't know if you are monitoring this board anymore but I'm posting this in the event you are. You mentioned in your post that you've rebuilt "Fender parts basses, but never a Gibson style set neck 6 string". I wasn't sure if you were just making a general comment as to what you have some familiarity with, or whether you meant that the ES335 copy you picked up had a set in neck, so my comment may not be relevant. I have a Kapa Series 500 that I bought new in early 1968 (along with a used 1966 Princeton Reverb), which I still play, from a music store in Struthers Ohio. The neck on my 500 is a bolt-on neck, not a set-in neck. It may be that Kapa made the 500 with a bolt on and then switched to a set in at some point (or vice versa), but that would seem unlikely. My 500 definitely has the Hofner pickups and the tone is unlike anything else I own. Love this guitar and would never part with it. There are currently a couple of 500’s offered for sale on Reverb.com that contain some good pictures.

Hope this helps with the authentication process, although, unfortunately, it would appear to lead to the conclusion that the ES335 copy you have is not a Kapa 500. In any event, good luck with the project (probably complete by now).

Kapa series 500

I love my series 500 Kapa ...It's in wonderful original condition ...

Shameful

Sounds like someone tried to sabotage this forum with fabricated stories. What shame,. KAPA was a great product and would have loved to read the comments.. True ones.

Kapa Bass

My friend, Greasy Carlisi playing a beauty. I think he has about 5 kapa basses.

AMKA-Guitars

Earlier I wrote that Albert Veneman sr. was the grandfather of Koob and Albert jr. That was of course a mistake. Albert sr. was the father of Koob en Albert jr. I just bought a AMKA guitar, made by Albert sr. in The Hague, The Netherlands just after World War II. Koob was then still with his father working in the small factory. AMKA means Albert sr, Martha, Koob and Albert jr.

Greatings to you all

Nol van Bennekom

Kapa "Minstrel" Model 6 String Acoustic Guitar

Hello - My parents purchased my Minstrel guitar from a music store in Matawan, NJ over 40 years ago .

I still have her . I had the original label that was pasted inside for years and somehow of course it has
been misplaced .

I have been searching forever for the manufacturer of this beautiful Guitar. Anyone who hears her , sees
her and plays her just cannot get over the sound and condition . She has a wide body and a very sharp pick
guard .

How can I authenticate her so that people can stop asking me the who and what's . I wish I had more inform-
ation to supply . She is primarily stock with only the tuner keys having had to be replaced .

Thank you to anyone who can help me .

A.G. Serra

1966 Continental

Would anything on this early axe been ordered from Japan?

Kapa Continental Whammy Bar Needed

Don't know what happened to it!!!! I Need one and th guitar will be like new again. Can anyone here help me out????

played a red kapa

had a band in the 60's . we recorded some tunes ,nothing big. my kapa was a candy apple red six string. it was sweet.we played all over n.cal. about 4 years or so lots of fun and good lounds. bought the kapa at andy pinns drum and guitar sacramento ca.

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: IN REGARDS TO KAPA GUITARS. MY GRANDPA STARTED KAPA GUITARS AND I WOULD LIKE ANY OTHER INFOMATION YOU CAN GIVE ME ABOUT THE COMPANY. MY DADS NAME WAS ALBERT, HE DIED IN 1993 HIS MOTHER MARTHA DIED IN 1983 ALBERT VENEMAN SR. DIED OF A BRAIN TUMOR BEFORE I WAS BORN. ALBERT, MY FATHER CAME TO AMERICA IN THE LATE 50'S HIS BROTHER KOOB CAME HERE A FEW YEARS AFTER THAT, AND LIVES IN MARYLAND AND SOLD HIS COMPANY ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO. MY FATHER HAD 3 KIDS AND KOOB HAD 3 KIDS 2 ALIVE TODAY. PLEASE SEND ANY INFO POSSIBLE. I WOULD LOVE TO GET MY HANDS ON A KAPA GUITAR. TARA MILLER VENEMAN.

HI! This post is about 9 years after your post but i hope that it finds you well. I re-did my dad's kapa acoustic... I am so surprised at the amazing sound that this acoustic holds. I was googling it to see how much it is worth and if i should hold on to it or trade it in. after finding out that the factory was in maryland (i live in pasadena, md) i think that i am going to keep it. if anyone does know how much an old kapa acoustic is worth... please let me know...

Thanks and best of luck!
MJ

Kapa bass parts

Sometime around 1968 I purchased my first bass. It was a blue single pick-up Kapa. As time went by I sold it and life went on. Several years ago, at a garage sale in my old neighborhood, I came across my ok'd Kapa. It had been used as a bob Hun target and is cosmetically damaged - that I can fix. The major problem is that the bridge assembly is missing. Does anyone know can get ahold of a replacement?

Kapa Guitars

Just happened to come across this "ancient" thread while looking up Kapa guitars. I remember the original Veneman's store in Silver Spring MD from when I lived in that area as a kid. Never owned a Kapa, but knew a few people who had them, and even played in a band around '70 in which the bass player played a Kapa bass. Bought quite a few things from Veneman's over the years at their different locations, the last item being a G&L ASAT, which I bought at the last Veneman location in Rockville shortly before they shut down & it became a "Guitar Center" store. Before moving to that last location I recall one of the times Les Paul did a Gibson demo at the previous Rockville Pike location. It was pouring down rain and my bass player at the time went outside to stand in a parking space which had just been vacated, in order to reserve it so our buddy Danny Gatton could bring his van up closer to the store & get Les Paul to come listen to some tapes of some stuff he'd done. Guess it's not surprising to see a current interest in the old Kapa guitars, similar to many other old guitar brands from the 60's & earlier, such as those sold by department stores like Wards & Sears. As I remember the Kapa guitars weren't a bad "bargain" guitar at all, but they disappeared around the time that the $99 Japanese Ibanez & Bradley Les Paul & SG "clones" began to proliferate, which also have fallen into the realm of "collectors items" nowadays.

Venemans and Kappa guitar

Hi, I am not sure if you still have this email address as I just saw this post.
I am a guitar player from the Silver Spring area and when I went to Blair my old boyfriend used to take lessons
from Danny Gatton. Regarding Venemans: My Dad bought me a Kapa Minstrel from the old Veneman store on Georgia Ave.
That was a great store and Silver Spring had a lot of amazing players ( still does).
I also ended up buying a 67 Gibson 335 from that store when my friend who played guitar
for a band by the name Natural Bridge turned me on to it.
Anyway, it was really great hearing about 1970`s downtown Sil Spg - was a great place to grow up.
* I'll never forget seeing Joe Pass play at the Villa Rosa in downtown Silver Spring for $5.00 cover charge ( 50 people tops in the room).

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As the "P"in KAPA, I would just like to say that the story posted here by Tara Miller Veneman is pure fabrication. I do have a cousin named Tara, whose father was my father Koob's younger brother; she says she did not write this.
The real story is that my father opened Veneman Music in Silver Spring, MD in the 1960's. He is the sole creator and manufacturer of KAPA guitars. KAPA stands for Koob, Adeline (my mother), Pat (me) and Albert (my brother, aka Ted).
Unfortunately my father passed recently. He deserves to have the record set straight. Thank you, Pat Veneman Stone

Great Guitars

Not sure why anyone would want to fabricate that story but like you I would have set the record straight. KAPA was a great guitar. I had one form the mid to late 60's a 12 string electric. It was brought back to my memory tonight and I have googled for the past couple of hours trying to find one.
I think I found the twin, by the way, to that one and looking into buying it.
It had a great sound easily played and I would love to own another one.
Thanks to your father for making such an amazing awesome axe and leaving a equally great legacy..
Guitarists around the country benefitted from that product!.

Koob Veneman

I worked for Koob Veneman in the late 60s and early 70s. I managed the Wisconsin Ave. store and the short lived Greenbelt Mall store for a short time. He was a fantastic boss and mentor. I have owned and operated several companies since leaving Veneman Music and Koob's lessons followed me throughout my life.
The Veneman family genuinely appreciated all we did as employees and I have fond memories of the employee parties held at their home and especially one Christmas dinner held at the Hula Hut in Silver Springs (1970ish) (To this day I wonder how we all got home.)
We worked long hours and very rarely sat down during the work day. But Koob paid a good wage, provided health insurance, and profit sharing. We got paid vacations and sick days.
Both of my children were born while I was working for Koob. Both children received gifts from Koob and Adeline (Mrs. Veneman) If memory serves, at Christmas parties held at their home the children all got gifts as did all the employees. The Veneman's really understood if you treat employees well they will happily work those long hours.

If Patty reads this....Are you still skiing?

Veneman guitar

I just bought an old 4-string tenor-guitar, made bij A. Veneman in The Hague (The Netherlands). It belonged to Lia Dorana, a very famous actress en lady-singer in Holland. She bought the guitar in 1938 to perform in the Tuschinski Theatre in Amsterdam with the famous gypsy orchestra of Gregor Serban. The guitar must have been quite new at that time. I think that A. (Albert) Veneman is your grandfather. As you probably know your grandfather founded the brand AMKA, but he also made guitars named Muziekhandel A. Veneman wich is on a sticker inside my guitar. Lia Dorana died in 2010 92 years old.

It's a small world.

Greatings from Nol van Bennekom

nolvanbennekom@kpnmail.nl

AMKA Guitars

As family you will you probably know, dat de Dutch founder of AMKA guitars was the grandfather of Kobe and Albert. His name was also Albert and he was marries to Madeleine. Albert, Madeleine, Kobe and Albert were de christian names that made de brand name AMKA. Albert was a violin maker but he started in 1938 with guitars, as Kobe advised him and insisted to do so.

Greatings to you all
Nol van Bennekom

AMKA-Guitars

I just noticed that I wrote earlier dat Albert sr. in Holland was the grandfather of Koob and Albert. That was wrong of course. Albert sr. was the father of Koob en Albert. In the interview with Koob (with is on film on internet) september 9 2005 Koob tells about his father and his father brand AMKA (Albert, Martha, Koob and Albert jr). Ik just bought an original AMKA guitar, made just after World War II, when Koob was still in Holland in the business at his fathers small factory in Holland.

Greating to you all

Nol van Bennekom

AMKA Guitars

Sorry, I was mistaken with de name of mrs Veneman in Holland. Her Name was not Madeleine but it was Martha.

Nol van Bennekom

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: IN REGARDS TO KAPA GUITARS. MY GRANDPA STARTED KAPA GUITARS AND I WOULD LIKE ANY OTHER INFOMATION YOU CAN GIVE ME ABOUT THE COMPANY. MY DADS NAME WAS ALBERT, HE DIED IN 1993 HIS MOTHER MARTHA DIED IN 1983 ALBERT VENEMAN SR. DIED OF A BRAIN TUMOR BEFORE I WAS BORN. ALBERT, MY FATHER CAME TO AMERICA IN THE LATE 50'S HIS BROTHER KOOB CAME HERE A FEW YEARS AFTER THAT, AND LIVES IN MARYLAND AND SOLD HIS COMPANY ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO. MY FATHER HAD 3 KIDS AND KOOB HAD 3 KIDS 2 ALIVE TODAY. PLEASE SEND ANY INFO POSSIBLE. I WOULD LOVE TO GET MY HANDS ON A KAPA GUITAR. TARA MILLER VENEMAN.

i have a kapa guitar acoustic

my father bought it in silversprings md at the store your family owend i still have it and it is in excellent condition ypu may reach mr at 9312654408

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: : IN REGARDS TO KAPA GUITARS. MY GRANDPA STARTED KAPA GUITARS AND I WOULD LIKE ANY OTHER INFOMATION YOU CAN GIVE ME ABOUT THE COMPANY. MY DADS NAME WAS ALBERT, HE DIED IN 1993 HIS MOTHER MARTHA DIED IN 1983 ALBERT VENEMAN SR. DIED OF A BRAIN TUMOR BEFORE I WAS BORN. ALBERT, MY FATHER CAME TO AMERICA IN THE LATE 50'S HIS BROTHER KOOB CAME HERE A FEW YEARS AFTER THAT, AND LIVES IN MARYLAND AND SOLD HIS COMPANY ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO. MY FATHER HAD 3 KIDS AND KOOB HAD 3 KIDS 2 ALIVE TODAY. PLEASE SEND ANY INFO POSSIBLE. I WOULD LOVE TO GET MY HANDS ON A KAPA GUITAR. TARA MILLER VENEMAN.
no puter wiz here anyway i was raised in montgomery county md. if i remember right venemans music store was in silver spring md. on georgia ave. i believe we attended th same church,st.marks, but not sure.(i was just a kid then around 1965 or so and learnin guitar and playin in a band) i know he was the maker of the kapa guitar and thought that he had 4 kids and that KAPA derived from his kids first letter of each name..being a hippy of sorts into th late sixtys this is about all i remember of that and woudn't swear to it... have had this old kapa semi hollow sunburst fer awhile,beleive it was my brother-in-laws, and just brought it out of moth balls sorta speak to try and get my grandaughter interested in th guitar..i also have an old gibson made kalamazoo. thanks fer th memories....aka pancho

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: : IN REGARDS TO KAPA GUITARS. MY GRANDPA STARTED KAPA GUITARS AND I WOULD LIKE ANY OTHER INFOMATION YOU CAN GIVE ME ABOUT THE COMPANY. MY DADS NAME WAS ALBERT, HE DIED IN 1993 HIS MOTHER MARTHA DIED IN 1983 ALBERT VENEMAN SR. DIED OF A BRAIN TUMOR BEFORE I WAS BORN. ALBERT, MY FATHER CAME TO AMERICA IN THE LATE 50'S HIS BROTHER KOOB CAME HERE A FEW YEARS AFTER THAT, AND LIVES IN MARYLAND AND SOLD HIS COMPANY ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO. MY FATHER HAD 3 KIDS AND KOOB HAD 3 KIDS 2 ALIVE TODAY. PLEASE SEND ANY INFO POSSIBLE. I WOULD LOVE TO GET MY HANDS ON A KAPA GUITAR. TARA MILLER VENEMAN.

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: : : IN REGARDS TO KAPA GUITARS. MY GRANDPA STARTED KAPA GUITARS AND I WOULD LIKE ANY OTHER INFOMATION YOU CAN GIVE ME ABOUT THE COMPANY. MY DADS NAME WAS ALBERT, HE DIED IN 1993 HIS MOTHER MARTHA DIED IN 1983 ALBERT VENEMAN SR. DIED OF A BRAIN TUMOR BEFORE I WAS BORN. ALBERT, MY FATHER CAME TO AMERICA IN THE LATE 50'S HIS BROTHER KOOB CAME HERE A FEW YEARS AFTER THAT, AND LIVES IN MARYLAND AND SOLD HIS COMPANY ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO. MY FATHER HAD 3 KIDS AND KOOB HAD 3 KIDS 2 ALIVE TODAY. PLEASE SEND ANY INFO POSSIBLE. I WOULD LOVE TO GET MY HANDS ON A KAPA GUITAR. TARA MILLER VENEMAN.
Hi, Tara. I just saw this post today. I purchased equipment from Veneman's in Silver Spring, and I lived in Hyattsville during the 50's till 2000's. When I was a teen, the Kapa factory in Hyattsville (really closer to Edmonston) was withing walking distance, and we would routinely look through the dumpsters to try to find parts.
We would swap parts with each other, and somehow, I came into posession of a Minstrel Bass (teardrop) in sunburst) with no neck. I also have a Minstrel guitar neck with no guitar. The Kapa neck was known for being extremely thin and fast. One of my band mates played a Kapa Continental. I have fond memories of Veneman's and Kapa.

Cool Breeze

The KAPA plant was not only "really closer to Edmonston", it was IN Edmonston. In fact, it was on 46th avenue (probably the 5200 block), North of Hamilton Street. It was, essentially next door to a friend's (FB's) house.
I was raised on the 4900 block of 49th avenue in that town and visited the KAPA dumpster quite often. Might even have run into you there.
Long time since your post but, if you see this, shoot me a note at tejasbullet(at)dcemail(dot)com

Veneman's store in Silver Spring

I remember playing a Kapa guitar when I was a kid just starting to learn to play. I wanted one as they were great instruments! However, I was given a Harmony acoustic for Christmas instead. The Kapa was superior to the Harmony, but as a kid I was thrilled and thankful just to have a guitar of any kind. Later, I became a frequent visitor to the store in Silver Spring and was saving my allowence to buy a guitar just like what Chet Atkins played, a Gretsch Country Gentleman. I still remember it hanging from the ceiling, along with some other guitars. I did finally buy one from your dad with great joy! I still have and love that guitar.

I wish I had more information concerning those marvelous Kapa guitars. I've only seen pictures of them since I grew up and never got to play one. I was excited to discover your site on the internet! As a 12 year old, I only remember wanting an electric guitar.

I would DEEPLY appreciate if you could email me a picture of the store if you happen to have one!! Downtown Silver Spring has change dramatically over the years! Getting older has made me a sentimental person and I'd love to see the store that meant so much to me!

Respectfully,
Don

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: IN REGARDS TO KAPA GUITARS. MY GRANDPA STARTED KAPA GUITARS AND I WOULD LIKE ANY OTHER INFOMATION YOU CAN GIVE ME ABOUT THE COMPANY. MY DADS NAME WAS ALBERT, HE DIED IN 1993 HIS MOTHER MARTHA DIED IN 1983 ALBERT VENEMAN SR. DIED OF A BRAIN TUMOR BEFORE I WAS BORN. ALBERT, MY FATHER CAME TO AMERICA IN THE LATE 50'S HIS BROTHER KOOB CAME HERE A FEW YEARS AFTER THAT, AND LIVES IN MARYLAND AND SOLD HIS COMPANY ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO. MY FATHER HAD 3 KIDS AND KOOB HAD 3 KIDS 2 ALIVE TODAY. PLEASE SEND ANY INFO POSSIBLE. I WOULD LOVE TO GET MY HANDS ON A KAPA GUITAR. TARA MILLER VENEMAN.

I am sort of at a loss of what you are wanting. It appears you want to purchase and also that you just want to hear from owners concerning history.
Not sure but the history is easy to find. I have a Kapa Challenger that I purchased some years back and the pickups are dead. I am going to replace them with some very similar ones since original parts are not available.
I personally think this BEAT UP old KAPA is a much better instrument than my other, more expensive guitars. I would not take a $1,000.00 for mine. Don't know who owned it in the 60's but it is a road worn beauty, dinged, scratched, chipped etc but that is the way us older pro's know we've found a quality guitar, when it's been played to death and then (not re-finished) Revived, leaving it as it is except fixing (replacing) the pickups, then i'm gonna play it to death again. (well, at my age, maybe it will play me to death. Was glad to see your notice, good luck with whatever it is you seek to find, but no true musician could part with one of these.

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i have an original 1960-70s version of the 500 semi-hollow i was wondering what its value is now

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I had a 12 string electric back in the mid 60's. such a nice guitar....it was blue and shaped like the one Brian Jones had with the Stones...I sold it in 1970.

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My father owns a kapa hollow body electric i believe the model is series 1200 not exactly sure, i have been reserching it, apparently this one is made by gretsch i dont know the value im haveing it refurbished right now, it was his first guitar he bought from a pawn shop at 13 now he is 52 so i would also like any information regarding this particular guitar

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Hi Tara,

I know you posted this quite a few years ago and probably have received many responses. have you talked to Koob about this at all?

My first guitar was a Kapa, so I ahve a special affection for the brand. A few years later, 1968, I bought my first new guitar from Koob at his Bethesda Veneman music store, a Givson SG standard. Many years after that, I designed the corporate headquarters office building in Gaithersburg, MD for Koob, and got to know him through that process. I also dealt with two of his sons during that process, but really don't remember them that well. I currently have three Kapa guitars in my vintage guitar collection, and will probably be selling two of them since I found one I particularly like.

Bob

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: Hi Tara,

: I know you posted this quite a few years ago and probably have received many responses. have you talked to Koob about this at all?

: My first guitar was a Kapa, so I ahve a special affection for the brand. A few years later, 1968, I bought my first new guitar from Koob at his Bethesda Veneman music store, a Givson SG standard. Many years after that, I designed the corporate headquarters office building in Gaithersburg, MD for Koob, and got to know him through that process. I also dealt with two of his sons during that process, but really don't remember them that well. I currently have three Kapa guitars in my vintage guitar collection, and will probably be selling two of them since I found one I particularly like.

: Bob

Hello. I stumbled across this site quite by accident, and would like to ask anyone about the value of a Kapa guitar I own. I do not play, but inherited a Kapa Wildcat guitar some years ago. This guitar was owned by an elderly uncle who never really used it much. It is in absolutely perfect condition, no scratches, dings, or dents. It came to me with a velvet lined hard case, and I believe it is stone cold OEM in every aspect. It just seems such a waste for it to sit in the closet, so I finally decided to sell it. I believe it was manufactured in the late 50's, or early 60's. I have seen an estimate of between $300-$600, but do not know how old this information was.. or if it was indeed accurate. I would appreciate any info from someone who has expertise in this area would care to share. Thank you, Tony

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I've got a Cobra - figure it's around a 1966. Sweet sounding guitar, I'll probably keep it till I die, then put it in my will for my son.

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Everyone keeps writing about the KAPA electric guitars. I have a 6-string acoustic that I bought at the Georgia Avenue Venemans store some time between 1968 and 1970. I would love to find out more about it (such as where it was made, etc). It has a sunburst finish and looks like a Gibson (if Im not mistaken, I think KAPA once had a bit of a legal problem because its headstocks looked too much like Gibson headstocks.) I think I paid about $70.00 for it. In view of how long I kept this guitar, I wish I paid the $20.00 more that it would have cost to get it with a solid wood top instead of the laminate that I have. It probably would have sounded like a Stradivarius by now. Nevertheless, although the Kapa is my cheapest and oldest guitar, I dont think I would ever part with it - it has become an old friend, a reminder of the days when "mom and pop" music stores were de rigueur, and a reminder of my childhood in Silver Spring, Maryland. In all the years I have had this guitar, the only problem I ever had with it was the need to iron out a bump around the 12th fret some time in the mid 1970s. That work was done by Marty over at Chuck Levins Washington Music in Wheaton Maryland. I am sorry that I dont recall his last name at this moment, but I do remember him as being quite a character. He was gruff and slightly intimidating, but there was a time when it seemed like everyone had their guitars repaired by Marty.

Another acoustic owner!

I similarly cannot find any info on this guitar, I got it from my grandparents house. It may have been my uncles guitar bought around the same time. Have you found out anything since you last posted?

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: IN REGARDS TO KAPA GUITARS. MY GRANDPA STARTED KAPA GUITARS AND I WOULD LIKE ANY OTHER INFOMATION YOU CAN GIVE ME ABOUT THE COMPANY. MY DADS NAME WAS ALBERT, HE DIED IN 1993 HIS MOTHER MARTHA DIED IN 1983 ALBERT VENEMAN SR. DIED OF A BRAIN TUMOR BEFORE I WAS BORN. ALBERT, MY FATHER CAME TO AMERICA IN THE LATE 50'S HIS BROTHER KOOB CAME HERE A FEW YEARS AFTER THAT, AND LIVES IN MARYLAND AND SOLD HIS COMPANY ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO. MY FATHER HAD 3 KIDS AND KOOB HAD 3 KIDS 2 ALIVE TODAY. PLEASE SEND ANY INFO POSSIBLE. I WOULD LOVE TO GET MY HANDS ON A KAPA GUITAR. TARA MILLER VENEMAN.

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Hi, I just purchased and used (of course) Kapa500

man do I like this guitar. It has fast action, good touch. dont know anything about your family dude, but this axe is hot!

: : IN REGARDS TO KAPA GUITARS. MY GRANDPA

STARTED KAPA GUITARS AND I WOULD LIKE ANY OTHER INFOMATION YOU CAN GIVE ME ABOUT THE COMPANY. MY DADS NAME WAS ALBERT, HE DIED IN 1993 HIS MOTHER MARTHA DIED IN 1983 ALBERT VENEMAN SR. DIED OF A BRAIN TUMOR BEFORE I WAS BORN. ALBERT, MY FATHER CAME TO AMERICA IN THE LATE 50'S HIS BROTHER KOOB CAME HERE A FEW YEARS AFTER THAT, AND LIVES IN MARYLAND AND SOLD HIS COMPANY ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO. MY FATHER HAD 3 KIDS AND KOOB HAD 3 KIDS 2 ALIVE TODAY. PLEASE SEND ANY INFO POSSIBLE. I WOULD LOVE TO GET MY HANDS ON A KAPA GUITAR. TARA MILLER VENEMAN.

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I recently came into possession of an electric 12 string guitar circa sixties? It says Kapa on it and also Continental with made in USA underneath that. I came to this site looking for more info on it.

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My first electric was a Kapa Continental... Yellow with a Rosewood fretboard... My parents gave it to me for Christmas back in 1966... I played that guitar for almost 10 years before I traded it... Wish I still had it...

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I have kapa 12string for sale 335 body If interested go to my web page ruralworldstore.com

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I have kapa 12string for sale 335 body If interested go to my web page ruralworldstore.com

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: IN REGARDS TO KAPA GUITARS. MY GRANDPA STARTED KAPA GUITARS AND I WOULD LIKE ANY OTHER INFOMATION YOU CAN GIVE ME ABOUT THE COMPANY. MY DADS NAME WAS ALBERT, HE DIED IN Iam selling a kapa ele 12string If interrested pleaes go to web page ruralworldstore.com 1993 HIS MOTHER MARTHA DIED IN 1983 ALBERT VENEMAN SR. DIED OF A BRAIN TUMOR BEFORE I WAS BORN. ALBERT, MY FATHER CAME TO AMERICA IN THE LATE 50'S HIS BROTHER KOOB CAME HERE A FEW YEARS AFTER THAT, AND LIVES IN MARYLAND AND SOLD HIS COMPANY ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO. MY FATHER HAD 3 KIDS AND KOOB HAD 3 KIDS 2 ALIVE TODAY. PLEASE SEND ANY INFO POSSIBLE. I WOULD LOVE TO GET MY HANDS ON A KAPA GUITAR. TARA MILLER VENEMAN.

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: IN REGARDS TO KAPA GUITARS. MY GRANDPA STARTED KAPA GUITARS AND I WOULD LIKE ANY OTHER INFOMATION YOU CAN GIVE ME ABOUT THE COMPANY. MY DADS NAME WAS ALBERT, HE DIED IN 1993 HIS MOTHER MARTHA DIED IN 1983 ALBERT VENEMAN SR. DIED OF A BRAIN TUMOR BEFORE I WAS BORN. ALBERT, MY FATHER CAME TO AMERICA IN THE LATE 50'S HIS BROTHER KOOB CAME HERE A FEW YEARS AFTER THAT, AND LIVES IN MARYLAND AND SOLD HIS COMPANY ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO. MY FATHER HAD 3

KIDS AND KOOB HAD 3 KIDS 2 ALIVE TODAY. PLEASE SEND ANY INFO POSSIBLE. I WOULD LOVE TO GET MY HANDS ON A KAPA GUITAR. TARA MILLER VENEMAN.

Steve here. Have seen a lot of talk on this site so far about electric models. I am wondering what my model is and where it came from? This guitar was given to me by a friend that was given the guitar by his uncle. I now have a Kapa Acoustic standard dreadnaught Serial # 360 and Model # A710, made in Japan. Is this a guitar built by your family? I can send pictures if you would like. Beautiful guitar, with excellent ivory inlays, and sounds fantastic.

Thanks for your help.

Steve Matzl

KAPA guitar

Steve,
In your reply to the original post, you mention that you have a KAPA Serial #360 Model A710. I have the same guitar! Same serial number. I guess the serial number was not unique to a particular instrument. Have you found out any more information about this guitar?

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: IN REGARDS TO KAPA GUITARS. MY GRANDPA STARTED KAPA GUITARS AND I WOULD LIKE ANY OTHER INFOMATION YOU CAN GIVE ME ABOUT THE COMPANY. MY DADS NAME WAS ALBERT, HE DIED IN 1993 HIS MOTHER MARTHA DIED IN 1983 ALBERT VENEMAN SR. DIED OF A BRAIN TUMOR BEFORE I WAS BORN. ALBERT, MY FATHER CAME TO AMERICA IN THE LATE 50'S HIS BROTHER KOOB CAME HERE A FEW YEARS AFTER THAT, AND LIVES IN MARYLAND AND SOLD HIS COMPANY ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO. MY FATHER HAD 3 KIDS AND KOOB HAD 3 KIDS 2 ALIVE TODAY. PLEASE SEND ANY INFO POSSIBLE. I WOULD LOVE TO GET MY HANDS ON A KAPA GUITAR. TARA MILLER VENEMAN.

I only can give you some information about the time befotre they started KAPA guitars. They were living over here in holland and they had a guitarcompany over here called AMKA I got 4 guitars from AMKA e ntwo mandolins. there is also a KAPA guitars forum

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I have a kapa guitar, sunburst. There are some scratches and knicks in it, and the bridge is missing. Any ideas?

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i own a kapa guitar thats in perfect condition its a light blue color, its from around 1960 to 1965 for any info just send me a message

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My father used to work for koob. i will ask him if u like and give u his email adress. I currently have a 12 string electric guitar that i have been thinking of selling so please email me back.
: IN REGARDS TO KAPA GUITARS. MY GRANDPA STARTED KAPA GUITARS AND I WOULD LIKE ANY OTHER INFOMATION YOU CAN GIVE ME ABOUT THE COMPANY. MY DADS NAME WAS ALBERT, HE DIED IN 1993 HIS MOTHER MARTHA DIED IN 1983 ALBERT VENEMAN SR. DIED OF A BRAIN TUMOR BEFORE I WAS BORN. ALBERT, MY FATHER CAME TO AMERICA IN THE LATE 50'S HIS BROTHER KOOB CAME HERE A FEW YEARS AFTER THAT, AND LIVES IN MARYLAND AND SOLD HIS COMPANY ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO. MY FATHER HAD 3 KIDS AND KOOB HAD 3 KIDS 2 ALIVE TODAY. PLEASE SEND ANY INFO POSSIBLE. I WOULD LOVE TO GET MY HANDS ON A KAPA GUITAR. TARA MILLER VENEMAN.

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