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KAPA: 506
circa 1969

Kapa 506 2 pickup sunburst semihollow body assembled in Maryland parts from Japan-Germany circa 1970 This Kapa 506 is an extremely clean, late 1960's/1970 sunburst, hollow body. This Kapa Series 500 model 506 is 100% original! It features two pickups, one volume control and one tone control for each pickup. This hollow body, electric guitar is relatively light but has a full bodied sound. It plays and sounds great. Kapa guitars guitars were made from the early 1960s through 1970 in Hyattsville Maryland, USA. This guitar's parts were most likely made in Japan (and possibly Germany) and then assembled in the US. The 500 series was in the Kapa line from 1968-1970. They have taken their inspiration from an earlier model the Kapa Challenger CH-6.Description from

This Kapa 506 has a hollow body with a scratch resistant finish. It has a very decorative fixed tail piece and Bigsby-style adjustable, aluminum bridge. The entire guitar (body, neck and headstock) is fully bound. The finish is extremely clean with only one minor bit of wear on the front of the body along the lower edge.

The neck is straight with very little fret wear. It is a bolt-on with 21 frets, plastic nut, and adjustable truss rod. It has circular silver tinted "mother of pearl" inlays in the fretboard. There is virtually no playing wear on the back of the neck. The action is set medium. The chrome-plated, closed back tuners are in proper working condition.
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All the electronics work properly. The double-coil pickups are very strong. They have a nice tonal range on the brighter side. Each pickup has it's own tone and volume controls. There's a toggle switch to select between neck, bridge or both pickups. It comes with a good quality gig bag and will be packed extremely well.
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The Dimensions are:
    Overall length: 41"
    Body width: 15 3/4"Description from
    Body thickness: 1 13/16" with neck 2"
    Scale: 24 3/4"Description from
    Width of the nut: 1 1/2" (depth 3/4")
    String height at 12th fret: 1/8" (approximately)

Here's the original description from the 1970 Kapa catalog:

Series 500

This thin acoustic electric guitar is the latest addition to the KAPA line of professional quality instruments.

The 6-string model in the "Series 500" has a sleek elegance that attracts the attention, and makes it stand out! It surprises even the most demanding guitarist with its feel of quality and superb tone.Description from

The overall length is 40 3/4". The width is 15 3/4". The sides are 2". The beautiful sunburst is finished in gleaming polyester, that is practically scratch proof. The 2 double coil pickups for that new dimension in sound Kapa is justly famous for. Adjustable metal bridge. Especially designed tailpiece. Covered machine heads with chrome plated buttons. The guard plate are both made of four-layer black and white plastic. Finest quality flatwound strings are used.

Nationally Advertised Price
$249.50Description from
With True Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece

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Kapa 506 2 pickup sunburst semihollow body assembled in Maryland parts from Japan-Germany circa 1970
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