As part of Guild’s 70th Anniversary, Guild is excited to introduce 2 all-new signature models celebrating Soundgarden’s iconic lead guitarist and his connection of over 30 years to the S-100 Polara.
Polara Kim Thayil
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.
This exclusive release, limited to 30 guitars, marks Guild’s 70th anniversary and pays homage to Kim’s grunge legacy. Crafted to Kim’s preferred specs and measurements, these guitars replicate the essence of Kim’s cherished ’78 S-100, boasting an Old-Growth Honduran Mahogany body and neck, adorned with a Guild 70’s headstock and neck shape. The iconic design features Grover Original Rotomatics® tuners, custom USA Guild HB-1 Humbuckers handwound by Jason Lollar with a phase switch, and signature Soundgarden truss rod cover and back cover, both signed by Kim Thayil. Ships with a White Nitrocellulose gloss finish with gold hardware, accompanied by a custom hardshell case and a Certificate of Authenticity.