Now, having got the project over the line – and carried out so in some style – the firm is making the most of the momentum, asserting a sizeable roll-out of Polara electric guitars at a range of various costs/specs.
“This as a lot as this point differ will enchantment to a wide selection of gamers that contains assemble parts that span from classic Seventies to as a lot as date in style,” says Guild and, judging on the early evidence, it looks to accept as true with delivered on that promise.
As such, the US-built S-100 Polara Kim Thayil Artist Version now sits atop of a Polara pile (total with handwound Jason Lollar pickups and a $5,999 impress ticket), while the new additions – including the Polara Deluxe, Night Version and fashioned – will descend below Guild’s offshore Newark St. Assortment umbrella.
That’s the sub-ticket that plays dwelling to Thayil’s more cheap signature guitar the Polara Kim Thayil ($899 avenue), which is by the most practical intention, teach to get a brand new Vintage White colorway possibility for 2024.
As that probabilities are you will likely query of, the specs vary across the ranges, however the immoral model sets the template – that contains a teach-neck mahogany earn with a U-form neck, rosewood fingerboard and a Gibson-admire 24 ¾” scale-size.
Then there’s a pair of sizzling-injure (uncovered) HB-2+ humbuckers with Alnico V magnets and a easy administration setup of grasp volume, grasp tone and three-intention pickup selector.
On the hardware front, there’s a resonant string-via-physique bridge, Guild’s stopbar and Rotomatic-style tuners.
All in, it’s a characteristic teach that affords a pleasant mix of classic and stylish and is terribly appealing, given it is accessible in at a avenue impress of $549.
The finishes are a gargantuan contact, too: offering a different of Blue Metal, Phantom Inexperienced and Voltage Yellow – the latter surely caught the ogle of our roving Editor in Chief (over on the NAMM stay weblog), who dubbed it “an actual retina-searer”.
On the different dwell of the spectrum, you accept as true with gotten the Polara Night Version. A murdered-out all-shaded, single-pickup model, that seems admire a total beast and is totally committed to its unlit theme.
Certainly, it’s so unlit that we suspect it can probably well likely be a shaded hole – and even on the clicking photos, we struggled to assemble out the truth it used to be a single-humbucker spec.
Guild’s region says it has grasp volume and tone controls, but that looks to be an error, because it looks to accept as true with easiest a single volume knob.
That acknowledged, there would possibly be continuously the chance that the tone knob used to be positioned there at the birth, but has since been lost to its irresistible gravitational pull.
The Night Version can even retail for $549.
Lastly, the dwell of the new lines is the Polara Deluxe, which is accessible in at $699 avenue impress, and usathe ornamentation with a whisk rosewood fretboard and block inlays, alongside inlay facts on the headstock.
There are helpful upgrades, too – the Deluxe adds impartial tone and volume knobs, plus coil-splitting capabilities to the administration teach and there’s a Tune-O-Matic bridge, plus Guild Vintage 18 originate gear tuners.
The finishes stare amazing, besides, with the chance of the Steel Canyon Nightfall, classic Cherry Red, or our current, Vintage Sunburst.
Apparently after a truly lengthy day accessible on the periphery of Guild’s output, Thayil’s favored S-100/Polara is now in accurate company.
For more data on the whole new Polaras, head to Guild.
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