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Guild Guitars x Kim Thayil at Guitar Center Seattle


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The Guild Polara Kim Thayil signature electric guitar celebrates Kim's 30+ years playing Guild S-100 guitars, replicating the construction, tone and aesthetic of his favorite Guild S-100 Polara model. The mahogany body and Guild 70's large headstock reflect Kim's favorite features of his '78 S-100 for warm, resonant tone with crisp articulation. It also features reliable Grover Original Rotomatics tuners for tuning stability. The Polara Kim Thayil has Guild HB-1 humbuckers that replicate the warm yet articulate timbre of '70s S-100 Polaras, allowing your playing to cut through the mix. Honoring the legacy of Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger and King Animal albums, it includes a Soundgarden "King Animal" truss rod cover and "Badmotorfinger" back cover.

Resonant Mahogany Body Captures Vintage Warmth and Clarity

The mahogany body and neck on the Polara Kim Thayil reflect Kim Thayil's favorite features of his 1978 Guild S-100 Polara, resonating with rich lows, pronounced mids and clear, articulate highs. The deep mahogany wood captures the warmth and character of vintage guitars, while still retaining note definition. This versatile tonal foundation lets your playing shine.

Set Neck and Slim U-Shaped Profile Give Comfort and Playability

This signature Polara guitar has a set mahogany neck for increased resonance and stability. The neck has a comfortably slim U profile that follows the natural contour of your hand, making it very easy to play. Jumbo frets allow for expressive bending, while the 12.5" radius ebony fingerboard facilitates complex chording and fast runs. The set neck, along with its ergonomic proportions, provides hours of fatigue-free playing.

With Custom Guild Humbuckers Emulating Signature '70s Tone

The Guild Polara Kim Thayil is equipped with custom Guild HB-1 humbuckers, featuring Alnico II magnets that replicate the warm yet clear timbre of 1970s S-100 Polara models. The articulate tone cuts through the mix with enhanced note definition, perfect for nailing Kim Thayil's signature heavy tones. A phase switch adds tonal variety, providing the exact vintage tone Kim wants.

With Guild's Iconic Large Headstock for Vintage Appeal

Inspired by Guild's iconic large headstocks of the 1970s, the Polara Kim Thayil features the same oversized design, angled back for enhanced resonance and sustain. It also adds a cool, vintage vibe that stands out on stage. The Guild logo is beautifully inlaid in pearloid, complementing the elegant ivory body binding.

Reliable Grover Original Rotomatics Tuning Machines Keep You In Tune

It has Grover Original Rotomatics tuning machines, which Kim Thayil specifically requested due to their performance stability and ease of use. Rotomatics are an industry favorite found on vintage Guild models, providing 18:1 tuning precision. The gearing ratio makes fine-tuning seamless so you can perform with confidence, knowing the Polara Kim Thayil will stay in tune through even the most intricate solos.

Soundgarden-Inspired Aesthetics Celebrate Iconic Guitar's Legacy

With its iconic "King Animal" truss rod cover and "Badmotorfinger" back plate, the Polara Kim Thayil celebrates Kim's tone and achievements with his beloved Guild guitars. Available in classic Black and Vintage White finishes, this signature model embodies the raw, powerful sound that Kim pioneered. Own a piece of rock history with the Guild Polara Kim Thayil.

Guild Polara Kim Thayil Solidbody Electric Guitar Vintage White
Guild Polara Kim Thayil Solidbody Electric Guitar Vintage White
Guild Polara Kim Thayil Solidbody Electric Guitar Vintage White

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  • Gloss-finished mahogany body
  • Vintage soft U-shaped mahogany neck, two-piece scarf joint
  • Guild compensated stopbar tailpiece, Tune-o-matic bridge, Grover Rotomatics tuning machines
  • Guild HB-1 Dual-Coil pickups in the neck and bridge

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Formaldehyde (gas), which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information go to

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  • Body type: Solidbody
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss Polyurethane
  • Neck shape: Soft U
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Dual-action
  • Neck finish: Gloss Polyurethane
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12.5"
  • Fret size: Narrow Jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Pearloid
  • Nut width/material: 1-11/16" (43 mm)/Composite
  • Neck: Proprietary
  • Bridge: Proprietary
  • Control layout: Volume and Tone (Neck) Volume and Tone (Bridge)
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Bridge type: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Grover Rotomatics
  • Color: Gold Plating
  • Country of origin: Indonesia

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Limited lifetime warranty.

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