Slingerland Songster Electric Guitar

Description (Brief)
This electric guitar was made by the Slingerland Musical Instrument Manufacturing Company in Chicago, Illinois, around 1936–39. It pre-dates the experimental "log" guitar of Les Paul from 1940 and is possibly the earliest commercially marketed solid body, Spanish neck electric guitar. Slingerland ceased making electric instruments in 1940, changing exclusively to production of percussion instruments. This electric guitar is a Songster Spanish style and serial #114. In a late 1930s Slingerland catalog, this electric guitar, case and amplifier sold for $150.00
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
Slingerland Musical Instrument Manufacturing Company
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 93 cm x 30 cm x 5 cm; 36 5/8 in x 11 13/16 in x 1 31/32 in
Place Made
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Music & Musical Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Robert J. Kent

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