NGD: Kapa Challenger

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NGD: Kapa Challenger

Post by Scout » Sun Feb 21, 2021 1:31 pm

I couldn’t resist this on the local CL, I made an offer and waited a week and it’s mine.
Really nice shape, pups measure about 8K ohms with a distinctive sound.
Pots date to mid ‘64 , trem is a little bit tight, beautiful figured neck with
rosewood fingerboard. Really doesn’t sound like a double humbucker.
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Another weird mid ‘60’s mashup.

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Re: NGD: Kapa Challenger

Post by mgeek » Sun Feb 21, 2021 1:53 pm

Nice, are they Hofner pickups?

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Re: NGD: Kapa Challenger

Post by Scout » Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:08 pm

They are used in Hofners from the '60's, I'm not sure if Hofner made them or they're from the same manufacturer.
They are stamped Germany on the underside.

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Re: NGD: Kapa Challenger

Post by del » Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:16 pm

These are top notch guitars! There is a little quirkiness to them - notably thin neck, small bodies, imperfect string alignment, fussy vibratos - but they're generally very cool! The wrinkles only prevent them from being technical shredders, while every bit of vibe screams 60s garage funtimes!
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Re: NGD: Kapa Challenger

Post by countertext » Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:42 pm

Funky fresh dressed to impress ready to party. :-*

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Re: NGD: Kapa Challenger

Post by antisymmetric » Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:56 pm

Very cool, I probably couldn't have resisted it either.
Love that trem shape particularly, looks very much like an Egmond.
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Watching the corners turn corners

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Re: NGD: Kapa Challenger

Post by Scout » Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:53 am

I’ll take it apart to check out the trem, I had to order a set of 10’s with a wound G because of the original saddle.
The nut measures 1 5/8” but it plays thinner, the pups are punchy but clear, very unique.

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Re: NGD: Kapa Challenger

Post by surfin_bird » Wed Mar 10, 2021 9:58 am

Scout wrote:
Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:08 pm
They are used in Hofners from the '60's, I'm not sure if Hofner made them or they're from the same manufacturer.
They are stamped Germany on the underside.
This is from my memory, so it's probably not a 100% accurate.
But if my memory is right, Kapa is started by a clever Dutch immigrant that started to import a variety of European parts and putting those guitars together in the US - making them "Made in the USA", european guitars.
Probably being on par with höfners of that time - which is not a bad thing at all.

So I would confirm those pickups are höfner and I would say that the trem is Egmond - the neck reminds me a lot of my höfner and vox consort.

Basically - I would love to have one. As someone from the Netherlands I would love to have a "Dutch" guitar and this seems a step up from the Egmond's

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Re: NGD: Kapa Challenger

Post by Scout » Thu Mar 11, 2021 8:50 am

Yes, its my understanding that they were put together like you said.
The body I believe was made in the US, the neck looks to be a little
too well made to be produced by the people that made the body.
The bridge is floating but I was able to intonate it with a wound G ,
it’s almost but not quite pro grade. It’s weirdly cool and sounds and plays
great for a Euro/ American hybrid. The odds of finding one on your side
of the pond are pretty slim, I would think.

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