NAMM 2024: “From primary Seventies to unusual standard”: Following the success of its Kim Thayil signature mannequin, Guild’s expanded fluctuate hopes to search out a Polara for each and each player

NAMM 2024: Guild’s S-100 Polara Kim Thayil arrived remaining topple and represented the culmination of years of work between the Soundgarden guitarist and the US designate.

Now, having got the mission over the line – and executed so in some sort – the company is cashing in on the momentum, announcing a sizeable roll-out of Polara electrical guitars at a fluctuate of quite loads of costs/specs. 

“This updated fluctuate will enchantment to decision of players that comprises compile substances that span from primary Seventies to unusual standard,” says Guild and, judging on the early proof, it looks to be to compile delivered on that promise.

As such, the US-constructed S-100 Polara Kim Thayil Artist Edition now sits atop of a Polara pile (entire with handwound Jason Lollar pickups and a $5,999 price trace), while the brand new additions – along with the Polara Deluxe, Evening Edition and normal – will topple below Guild’s offshore Newark St. Sequence umbrella. 

Polara Kim Thayil Vintage White

Polara Kim Thayil – now available in Vintage White (Portray credit: Guild)

That’s the sub-designate that plays dwelling to Thayil’s extra inexpensive signature guitar the Polara Kim Thayil ($899 boulevard), which is by the diagram in which, space to obtain a new Vintage White colorway possibility for 2024.

Polara Blue Steel

(Portray credit: Guild)

As you can inquire of, the specs vary at some level of the ranges, however the infamous mannequin sets the template – that comes with a neighborhood-neck mahogany manufacture with a U-shape neck, rosewood fingerboard and a Gibson-esteem 24 ¾” scale-length. 

Then there’s a pair of sizzling-damage (uncovered) HB-2+ humbuckers with Alnico V magnets and a straightforward withhold watch over setup of master quantity, master tone and three-diagram pickup selector. 

On the hardware entrance, there’s a resonant string-via-body bridge, Guild’s stopbar and Rotomatic-sort tuners.

All in, it’s a characteristic space that provides a pleasant mix of primary and stylish and is particularly appealing, given it’s far available in at a boulevard price of $549. 

The finishes are a large contact, too: providing a series of Blue Steel, Phantom Green and Voltage Yellow – the latter completely caught the obtain out about of our roving Editor in Chief (over on the NAMM are living weblog), who dubbed it “a true retina-searer”.

Polara Evening Edition

(Portray credit: Guild)

At the different pause of the spectrum, you’ve got got the Polara Evening Edition. A murdered-out all-dim, single-pickup mannequin, that looks to be esteem a entire beast and is utterly dedicated to its darkish theme.

Indeed, it’s so darkish that we suspect it’s going to be a dim gap – and even on the press photography, we struggled to keep out the fact it used to be a single-humbucker spec. 

Guild’s region says it has master quantity and tone controls, however that looks to be to be an error, because it looks to be to compile simplest a single quantity knob. 

That talked about, there would possibly be persistently the possibility that the tone knob used to be placed there first of all attach, however has since been misplaced to its irresistible gravitational pull.

The Evening Edition can even retail for $549.

Polara Deluxe Vintage Sunburst

(Portray credit: Guild)

Lastly, the pause of the brand new lines is the Polara Deluxe, which is available in at $699 boulevard price, and americathe ornamentation with a flow rosewood fretboard and block inlays, alongside inlay valuable components on the headstock.

There are functional upgrades, too – the Deluxe provides honest tone and quantity knobs, plus coil-splitting capabilities to the withhold watch over space and there’s a Tune-O-Matic bridge, plus Guild Vintage 18 open gear tuners. 

The finishes gape ultimate, apart from, with the possibility of the Metallic Canyon Dusk, primary Cherry Red, or our popular, Vintage Sunburst.

Apparently after a protracted day commute there on the periphery of Guild’s output, Thayil’s loved S-100/Polara is now in factual company. 

For extra data on all of the brand new Polaras, head to Guild.

Retain as much as the stamp with all gear releases throughout NAMM 2024 by job of our book to the most contemporary NAMM 2024 files.

The total most up-to-date guitar files, interviews, classes, experiences, deals and extra, converse to your inbox!

Study Extra