Guild S-100 Polara Kim Thayil Signature Electric Guitar - Black


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The Guild Newark St. Collection marks the return of classic Guild electric guitars and basses from the 1950s and ’60s—once again putting the distinctive Guild styling and voice that helped shape popular music into the hands of today’s musicians.  The Newark St. Collection celebrates some of Guild’s most iconic models, including the hard-rocking solid-body S-100 Polara, the semi-hollow and hollow Starfire guitars and basses, and elegant archtop jazz guitars like the A-150 Savoy and X-175 Manhattan.  Features include Guild’s famed Vibrato Tailpiece, stoptail pieces, pinned bridges, authentically voiced vintage-style pickups, and classic hardware designs. With a wide selection of models, Guild has always been the first choice for musicians in need of an instrument that’s made to be played.

Enter the Kim Thayil Signature S-100 Polara electric guitar.

Mahogany Body And Neck With Guild 70’s Headstock
Utilizing Mahogany bodies and Guild 70’s large headstock reflect Kim’s favorite features of his ’78 S-100.

Soundgarden “King Animal” Truss Rod Cover And “Badmotorfinger” Signature Back Cover
Honoring the long-standing legacy of Soundgarden’s 1991 album, “Badmotorfinger” and their 2012 album, “King Animal,” these symbols are quintessentially grunge and pay tribute to Kim and his band mates.

Additional features include a bound Rosewood fingerboard with Pearloid block inlays, Tune-o-Matic bridge & compensated stopbar tailpiece. Available in a Black gloss finish with gold hardware.

Grover Original Rotomatics® Tuners
Per Kim’s request, the signature model features Grover Original Rotomatics® tuners for stability and ease of use. Standard on vintage S-100 Polara models, these tuners are a reliable industry favorite.

Guild HB-1 Humbuckers With Alnico II Magnets
Guild’s flagship HB-1 Humbuckers replicate the warm yet articulate timbre of 70’s S-100 Polaras. A perfect match for Kim’s heavy tones, the added clarity of the HB-1’s allow the guitar to cut through the mix. Also equipped with a phase switch, accurate to vintage spec, these features are essential to recreating the magic of Kim’s favorite S-100 Polara models.

Body Type - Solid Body
Body Shape - Guild Polara
Body Wood (Solid Bodies) - Mahogany

Neck Material - Mahogany
Scale Length - 24 3/4" (629mm)
Neck Shape - Vintage Soft "U"
Nut Width - 1 11/16" (43mm)
Neck Thickness 1st Fret - 20mm
Neck Thickness 9th Fret - 23mm
Truss Rod - Dual Action
Truss Rod Wrench - 4mm Allen Key
Fingerboard Material - Indian Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius - 12.5" (320mm)
Fingerboard Inlays - Blocks - Pearloid
Fingerboard Inlay Location - 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 15, 17
Frets Total - 22
Fret Type - Narrow Jumbo
Fingerboard Binding - Ivory ABS

Color - Black (BLK)
Finish - Gloss Polyurethane

Bridge String Spacing - 2" (50mm)
Hardware Finish / Plating - Gold
Bridge - Tune-O-Matic
Tailpiece - Guild Compensated Stopbar
Nut Material - Composite
Tuning Machines - Grover Rotomatics
Strap Buttons - Vintage Pawn
Pickguard - Polara 5-Ply Black/White/Black/White/Black

Bridge Pickup - Guild HB-1 Dual-Coil Bridge
Neck Pickup - Guild HB-1 Dual-Coil Neck
Pickup Switch - 3-Way Toggle: 1. Bridge Pickup - 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups - 3. Neck Pickup
Controls - Neck Volume & Tone, Bridge Volume & Tone, 3-way Toggle Pickup Switch, and Phase Switch

Strings - D'Addario EXL110 - Nickel Wound Regular Light (.010" - .046")
Included Case - N / A
Upper Bout Width - 11" (280mm)
Lower Bout Width - 13" (330mm)
Body Depth Upper Bout - 1.4" (35.5mm)
Body Depth Lower Bout - 1.4" (35.5mm)
Body Length - 17" (432mm)
Overall Length - 40" (1016mm)

Brand Guild

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