Older Radio Kings are obsessively collected by vintage drum enthusiasts.Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich were both Radio King endorsers.
Radio King bass drums and tom-toms were made from mahogany, with maple reinforcement hoops.
These drums are known for their "thuddy" sound; very warm, with quick decay.
Slingerland ceased making electric instruments in 1940 in order to exclusively focus on producing percussion instruments.
The company remained in the Slingerland family until 1970.
This was due to high demand for metals needed for the war effort.
These drums were named the "Rolling Bomber" series, and are highly collectible.
Production of drums was started in 1927 in answer to the entry of the Ludwig & Ludwig drum company into the banjo market. The Songster electric guitar, featured in a 1939 company catalog, pre-dates Les Paul's "log" guitar and is probably the earliest Spanish-style solid-body electric guitar model.
The guitar's pickup includes individual string magnets as well as a large horseshoe magnet.
The Rock and Roll era of the 1960s and 1970s was a good time for many American drum companies, including Slingerland.
Slingerland's main competitor, the Ludwig Drum Company, had the advantage of being endorsed by Ringo Starr, but Slingerland, too, produced high-quality drums in that era and had robust sales.
They stopped production quickly after their introduction due to a patent infringement suit and a cease and desist warrant from Ludwig regarding Slingerlands foray into acrylic drums. Slingerland marching drums were produced as early as the 1920s.