Crafted with a Mahogany body and neck, adorned with a Guild 70’s headstock, the Polara Kim Thayil pays tribute to Kim’s favorite features from his ’78 S-100. Equipped with Grover Original Rotomatics® tuners for stability, Guild HB-1 Humbuckers with Alnico II Magnets for warm yet articulate timbre, and a phase accurate to vintage spec. The Polara Kim Thayil features the “Badmotorfinger” back cover and “King Animal” truss rod cover, emblematic of Soundgarden’s legacy. A bound Rosewood fingerboard with Pearloid block inlays, Tune-o-Matic bridge & compensated stopbar tailpiece enhance playability. Celebrating Guild’s 70th anniversary, this model embodies Kim’s distinctive style and connection to the S-100 Polara.
BodyBody TypeSolid BodyBody ShapeGuild PolaraBody TopN / A (Solid Body)Body Wood (Solid Bodies)MahoganyTop Bracing PatternN / ASoundhole / F Holes BindingN / ATop Purfling InlayN / ATop BindingN / ABody SidesN / A (Solid Body)Side Purfling InlayN / ABody BackN / A (Solid Body)Back Purfling InlayN / APurflingN / ABody BindingN / ANeckNeck MaterialMahoganyScale Length24 3/4" (629mm)Neck ShapeVintage Soft "U"Nut Width1 11/16" (43mm)Neck Thickness 1st Fret20mmNeck Thickness 9th Fret23mmTruss RodDual ActionTruss Rod Wrench4mm Allen KeyFingerboard MaterialIndian RosewoodFingerboard Radius12.5" (320mm)Fingerboard InlaysBlocks - PearloidFingerboard Inlay Location1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 15, 17Frets Total22Fret TypeNarrow JumboFingerboard BindingIvory ABSFinishColorBlack (BLK)FinishGloss PolyurethaneHardwareBridge String Spacing2" (50mm)Hardware Finish / PlatingGoldBridgeTune-O-MaticTailpieceGuild Compensated StopbarNut MaterialCompositeTuning MachinesGrover RotomaticsStrap ButtonsVintage PawnPickguardPolara 5-Ply Black/White/Black/White/BlackElectronicsBridge PickupGuild HB-1 Dual-Coil BridgeNeck PickupGuild HB-1 Dual-Coil NeckPickup Switch3-Way Toggle: 1. Bridge Pickup - 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups - 3. Neck PickupControlsNeck Volume & Tone, Bridge Volume & Tone, 3-way Toggle Pickup Switch, and Phase SwitchOtherStringsD'Addario EXL110 - Nickel Wound Regular Light (.010" - .046")Included CaseN / AUpper Bout Width11" (280mm)Lower Bout Width13" (330mm)Body Depth Upper Bout1.4" (35.5mm)Body Depth Lower Bout1.4" (35.5mm)Body Length17" (432mm)Overall Length40" (1016mm)
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