Guild S-100 Polara Kim Thayil Signature Electric Guitar

Available at Acoustic Centre Melbourne

The Guild S-100 Polara Kim Thayil Signature Electric Guitar is a tribute to Kim's beloved '78 S-100, meticulously crafted with a Mahogany body and neck, complete with the iconic Guild 70's large headstock. It pays homage to Soundgarden's legacy with features like the "Badmotorfinger" back cover and "King Animal" truss rod cover. The bound Rosewood fingerboard boasts Pearloid block inlays for added elegance. This model sports a sleek Black gloss finish with gold hardware, capturing the essence of grunge.

Kim's signature model is designed for stability and ease of use, featuring Grover Original Rotomatics® tuners. The Guild HB-1 Humbuckers with Alnico II Magnets offer warm yet articulate timbre reminiscent of the '70s S-100 Polara. These pickups cut through the mix beautifully, and a phase switch, accurate to vintage spec, enhances tonal versatility.

This guitar celebrates Guild's 70th anniversary, encapsulating Kim's distinctive style and connection to the S-100 Polara, making it a fitting choice for musicians who appreciate both classic and contemporary tones.


  • Body Type: Solid Body
  • Body Shape: Guild Polara
  • Body Wood: Mahogany


  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Scale Length: 24 3/4" (629mm)
  • Neck Shape: Vintage Soft "U"
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16" (43mm)
  • Fingerboard Material: Indian Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12.5" (320mm)
  • Fingerboard Inlays: Blocks - Pearloid
  • Frets Total: 22
  • Fret Type: Narrow Jumbo
  • Fingerboard Binding: Ivory ABS


  • Color: Black (BLK)
  • Finish: Gloss Polyurethane


  • Bridge String Spacing: 2" (50mm)
  • Hardware Finish / Plating: Gold
  • Bridge: Tune-O-Matic
  • Tailpiece: Guild Compensated Stopbar
  • Nut Material: Composite
  • Tuning Machines: Grover Rotomatics
  • Strap Buttons: Vintage Pawn
  • Pickguard: Polara 5-Ply Black/White/Black/White/Black


  • Bridge Pickup: Guild HB-1 Dual-Coil Bridge
  • Neck Pickup: Guild HB-1 Dual-Coil Neck
  • Pickup Switch: 3-Way Toggle: 1. Bridge Pickup - 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups - 3. Neck Pickup
  • 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")
  • Included Case: N / A
  • Upper Bout Width: 11" (280mm)
  • Lower Bout Width: 13" (330mm)
  • Body Depth Upper Bout: 1.4" (35.5mm)
  • Body Depth Lower Bout: 1.4" (35.5mm)
  • Body Length: 17" (432mm)
  • Overall Length: 40" (1016mm)

Acoustic Centre offers free shipping on all new items to most locations within Australia on all orders over $99, excluding Western Australia, Northern Territory and Far North Queensland. Used items have a flat rate shipping fee of $59 within our usual shipping locations. We also offer competitive Express shipping options at checkout.

Customers located in Western Australia, Northern Territory and Far North Queensland recieve free shipping on all accessory orders over $99, but will incur a flat rate instrument or large item shipping charge of $179 (or $299 for Express shipping).

Occasionally due to issues with delivering to remote or unusual destinations, we aren't able to offer free postage. We reserve the right to retract the offer if freight costs exceed 15% of your purchase. We will always notify you if there is an issue and offer a full refund or arrange alternative delivery options.

All strings and accessories will be shipped with tracking via courier or Australia Post. Other items including guitars and amplification equipment will be shipped using our courier service providers, with a tracking number and signature on delivery.

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