Guild Polara Kim Thayil - Black

Brand: Guild
Stock Id: 153334

Guild Polara Kim Thayil - Black

Brand: Guild
Stock Id: 153334

Mahogany Body and Neck with Guild 70’s Headstock

Utilizing Mahogany bodies and Guild 70’s large headstock reflect Kim’s favourite features of his ’78 S-100.

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 favourite.

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 allows 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 favourite S-100 Polara models.

Soundgarden “King Animal” Truss Rod Cover and “Badmotorfinger” Signature Back Cover

Honouring 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.


  • Polara Kim Thayil:
    • Style: Polara - Solid Body Electric Guitar

    • Body: Mahogany

    • Neck: Mahogany

    • Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood

    • Neck Pickup: Guild HB-1 Dual-Coil Neck

    • Bridge Pickup: Guild HB-1 Dual-Coil Bridge

pickup switching

1. Bridge – This position has the most bite and responds very well to distortion. Perfect for solos or in-your-face rhythm parts, the Guild HB-1 humbucker possesses the bold mid-range typical of standard humbuckers but with tighter lows and sparkling highs that don’t get brittle. Rolling down the volume on the bridge pickup produces a chiming single coil-like tone. (Phase switch does not function in this position.)

2. Bridge + Neck – In Phase – This position combines the tonalities of the neck and bridge humbuckers. Thick, creamy mids, big, round bass and clear trebles make this a great all-around tone. Vintage-style wiring allows for more interaction between the controls and a broad pallet of tonal options.

3. Bridge + Neck – Out of Phase – Flipping the phase switch entirely alters the interaction between the bridge and neck pickups. Gone are the thick, creamy mids, replaced by a hollow, thin, nasally tone. Great for funk, reggae, or anytime extra cut is needed. The interaction of the pickups can be adjusted by slightly rolling off either pickup’s volume control, bringing the pickups gradually back into phase.

4. Neck – This position produces a smooth, creamy tone great for anything from blues to singing lead tones. Where many humbuckers can get muddy in the neck position, the Guild HB-1 brings the neck position back to life with added clarity. (Phase switch does not function in this position.)



Body TypeSolid Body
Body ShapeGuild Polara
Body TopN / A (Solid Body)
Body Wood (Solid Bodies)Mahogany
Top Bracing PatternN / A
Soundhole / F Holes BindingN / A
Top Purfling InlayN / A
Top BindingN / A
Body SidesN / A (Solid Body)
Side Purfling InlayN / A
Body BackN / A (Solid Body)
Back Purfling InlayN / A
PurflingN / A
Body BindingN / A


Neck MaterialMahogany
Scale Length24 3/4" (629mm)
Neck ShapeVintage Soft "U"
Nut Width1 11/16" (43mm)
Neck Thickness 1st Fret20mm
Neck Thickness 9th Fret23mm
Truss RodDual Action
Truss Rod Wrench4mm Allen Key
Fingerboard MaterialIndian Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius12.5" (320mm)
Fingerboard InlaysBlocks - Pearloid
Fingerboard Inlay Location1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 15, 17
Frets Total22
Fret TypeNarrow Jumbo
Fingerboard BindingIvory ABS


ColorBlack (BLK)
FinishGloss Polyurethane


Bridge String Spacing2" (50mm)
Hardware Finish / PlatingGold
TailpieceGuild Compensated Stopbar
Nut MaterialComposite
Tuning MachinesGrover Rotomatics
Strap ButtonsVintage Pawn
PickguardPolara 5-Ply Black/White/Black/White/Black


Bridge PickupGuild HB-1 Dual-Coil Bridge
Neck PickupGuild HB-1 Dual-Coil Neck
Pickup Switch3-Way Toggle: 1. Bridge Pickup - 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups - 3. Neck Pickup
ControlsNeck Volume & Tone, Bridge Volume & Tone, 3-way Toggle Pickup Switch, and Phase Switch


StringsD'Addario EXL110 - Nickel Wound Regular Light (.010" - .046")
Upper 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)


Due to ongoing product development efforts, specifications are subject to change without notice.