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Trusted musician and artist reviews for Guild S-100 Polara
Based on 3 Reviews and 18 Ratings
Now my main electric.
This is a beautiful guitar. Adding to its beauty is the truth that you really have to work to get a bad sound out of it. That’s rare these days, especially with a guitar that you can have for under a bill. It’s especially good for dropped tunings. The thing stays in tune no matter how much I throw it around. You can get the specs anywhere, I’m just trying to give y’all a sense of this righteous instrument! Play one. Always play an instrument before you purchase it. Common sense, no? Well, with Amazon, Guitar Center, Musician’s Friend, etc., it’s easy to browse and buy just by looking and reading reviews, but quality can vary so always play before you buy. I’ll tell you though, Guild is an excellent manufacturer and this is a badass instrument.
Great instrument, may need a bit of setting up depending on how you get it
Most people know this from Kim Thayil (Soundgarden). You don't need to play heavy on it though, it's a very versatile instrument. Also: I don't think it's really a cheaper SG. It's very much it's own thing. I bought the Polara mainly because of the interesting pick-ups (so be aware that some 90ies models are stacked differently!). It's a pretty cheap guitar and as usual, that means it depends a lot on how your seller sets it up (or doesn't). In my case, I had to order it online and when it arrived I had to have the saddle lowered and adjust the trussrod. there's also some questions on the wiring: there's a lot of cable in that electronics space, I had a fifties wiring done by my luthier and the sound is a bit more direct now. All this being said, I love this guitar. The overall quality is amazing for the price. The sound is unique, it's wide and huge, beautifully warm and full of textures and harmonics. There's a transparent warmth on the neck pup. The bridge-pup has a great powerful bite but also stays transparent. Think Telecaster meets Gretsch. Playabilty took me a bit of getting used to, coming from mainly Fender guitars. The neck is full and wide, frets are higher than I was used to as well. But now that I figured out just what this thing is good for, it's gonna be with me for a while.