Guild S-100 Polara Kim Thayil Signature Electric Guitar

Throwing it back to the '70s, the Guild S-100 Polara Kim Thayil comes loaded with a set of Guild HB-1 humbuckers and plenty of attitude.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
Mahogany body Rich, warm, focused sound; added sustain
Mahogany neck Great sustain, strength, and warm tone
Rosewood fretboard Open, warm tone and smooth playing feel
Set-neck construction Solid joinery for great sustain and feel

Guild style from the '70s is back and better than ever with the return of the solid-body S-100 guitar. With its solid and slightly offset mahogany body, the S-100 Polara Kim Thayil Signature evokes its esteemed and hard-rocking predecessor of more than 40 years ago. Responsive and versatile, it also features a distinctive 24 3/4" scale length, classic Jet Black finish, rock-solid mahogany neck, and a pair of Guild HB-1 pickups. The welcome return of a true Guild classic.


- Signature model for Kim Thayil of Soundgarden
- Vintage-voiced solidbody electric guitar
- 2 HB-1 pickups serve up vintage tone without the vintage noise
- Sleek double-cutaway design gives you unhindered access to the entire fretboard
- Grover Sta-Tite tuners give you excellent tuning stability
- Compensated stopbar tailpiece
- Rosewood Fingerboard with Pearloid Block
- Soundgarden King Animal truss rod cover
- Badmotorfinger back plate with gold print signature

- Body Type: Solid Body
- Body Wood: Mahogany
- Neck Material: Mahogany
- Neck Joint: Set Neck
- Scale Length: 24 3/4" (629mm)
- Neck Shape: Vintage Soft "U"
- Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
- Fingerboard Radius: 12.5" (320mm)
- Frets Total: l22
- Fret Type: Narrow Jumbo
- Fingerboard Inlays: Blocks - Pearloid
- Nut Material: Composite
- Nut Width: 1 11/16" (43mm)
- Nut String Spacing: 1 3/8" (35mm)
- Bridge: Tune-O-Matic
- Tailpiece: Guild Compensated Stopbar
- Tuning Machines: Grover Rotomatics
- Tuning Machine Ratio: 14:1
- Neck Pickup: Guild HB-1 Dual-Coil
- Bridge Pickup: Guild HB-1 Dual-Coil
- Hardware: Gold
- Finish: Black Gloss
- 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")
- Country of Origin: Indonesia
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 13.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 45 x 18 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 379-1190-806
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Shipping Weight: 13.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 45 x 18 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 379-1190-806

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 480-596-7195

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (1 ratings)
Submitted September 9, 2023 by a customer from

"Excellent SG Alternative"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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So, I've been playing strictly Epiphones and Gibsons for the past few years. And have been pretty happy with them. However, I recently got the itch for a new SG and was wanting something a bit different. I've also been a big Soundgarden fan since Lollapalooza '92, so this beauty fit the bill. My Kim Thayil, S-100 Polara arrived yesterday and I have spent the entire day today playing it. I gotta admit, I'm pleasantly surprised.These pickups are the star here, warm biting tone with zero mud. They can scream with some distortion, but also clean up very nicely.The neck feels better to me than anything Gibson or Epi is putting out these days. A bit wide, but somewhat flat. A great feel in the hand.Cosmetically, it's beautiful. Gloss black with gold hardware looks classy and bad*ss at the same time. A genuine Rosewood fretboard and real Grover tuners too.The tailpiece position makes all kinds of weird tones possible. The electronics are working great (including the Phase switch) 2 sounds like 2, and 9 sounds like 9, as it should be. The body-embedded knob markers are a GREAT touch. And the heft of the body ensures that there's NO NECK DIVE! A huge issue I've had with SG's in the past. If you're in the market for an SG, and willing to dare to be a little different, you need to take one of these for a spin. A great looking, great playing SG alternative for half the price of a new Gibson.
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