Guild S-100 Polara - Cherry Red

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Cherry Red
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A Textbook Example of a Hard-rockin' '70s Guitar

With the Guild S-100 Polara solidbody electric guitar plugged into your favorite amplifier, it's hard not to turn up and rock out. It's a reissue of the classic S-100 from the '70s, with a slightly offset body that's incredibly comfortable to play. A pair of HB-1 pickups gives you vintage tone without the vintage noise. The mahogany neck boasts a bound rosewood fretboard for extra-smooth playing feel. With iconic looks and tone to match, you may have just found your new go-to guitar with the Guild S-100 Polara.

Guild S-100 Polara Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Based on a classic 1970s Guild solidbody
  • Rich tone from a pair of humbucking pickups
  • High-quality appointments for great performance
Based on a classic 1970s Guild solidbody

The S-100 Polara is based on the Guild S-100 guitar from the '70s. Boasting a body made of mahogany with a sleek offset design, and combined with a special pair of humbucking pickups, the S-100 Polara is primed for classic hard rock.

Rich tone from a pair of humbucking pickups

Armed with a pair of HB-1 humbucking pickups, when you plug in your Guild S-100 Polara you will be rewarded with a wide range of classic tones. As music was evolving into harder and heavier sounds, Guild released these higher-output pickups to ensure players could get the most out of their S-100. Famously used by Kim Thayil of Soundgarden, the HB1 humbucker pickups are quite capable of everything from articulate cleans to down-tuned riffing. And the S-100 Polara is sonically flexible, thanks to individual volume and tone controls for each pickup.

High-quality appointments for great performance

On top of great looks and tone, the Guild S-100 Polara sports high-quality features for years of reliable performance. Like the binding on the rosewood fretboard, which looks great but also adds an ultra-smooth playing feel. And Grover Sta-Tite die-cast tuners offer exceptional tuning stability and precision.

Guild S-100 Polara Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Vintage-voiced solidbody electric guitar
  • 2 HB-1 pickups serve up vintage tone without the vintage noise
  • Sleek double-cutaway design gives you unhindered access to the entire fretboard
  • Grover Sta-Tite tuners give you excellent tuning stability
Take a trip back to '70s with the Guild S-100 Polara!

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Additional Media

Electric Guitar Buying Guide
Guild S-100 Polara Electric Guitar Demo by Sweetwater

Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Polara
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Mahogany
Body Finish Urethane
Color Cherry Red
Neck Material Mahogany
Neck Shape Vintage Soft "U"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12" radius
Fingerboard Inlay Blocks
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 24.75"
Nut Width 1.650"
Bridge/Tailpiece Tune-O-Matic bridge
Tuners Grover Sta-Tite die-cast tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup HB-1 Humbucker
Bridge Pickup HB-1 Humbucker
Controls 2 x volume, 2 x tone, 3-way selector
Strings D'Addario EXL110 Nickel Wound, Medium/Blues-Jazz Rock, (.010-.046 Gauges)
Case Included Gig bag
Manufacturer Part Number 379-1001-866

Customer Reviews

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I had one of the originals back in the 70's and I had to sell it when my car engine died. I just bought one of the new ones and I love it. I think it's even better than the original

Can already tell its "The One"!

This guitar is awesome. Couldn't be happier with the purchase. When my new cherry red Polara first arrived, I just stood it up in the case and stared at it for minutes at a time like a mental patient. Really beautiful instrument. Tortured myself for weeks, trying to decide on the red, black, or white, but I think I made the right choice with the cherry red. When I plugged this thing in and started playing it, only got better. Nice, warm, snarly buzzsaw tone from those humbuckers that compliments the rock guitarist. Lightning fast action. Have played it for an hour or two every day since it arrived. My other two electrics have been at least temporarily forgotten. Every time I show the Polara to anyone, I just get a "Wow!". Got the band together last weekend and played at my house and the Polara just killed it. A guitar like this just inspires you to play more. Love it! Sweetwater was out of stock when I ordered it, but came up with one and had it delivered within about five days. Everything was set up beautifully and customer service rep called and emailed me regularly to make sure everything was all good. It was.

Guild Polara S 100 Guitar CR w/c

Let me start by saying that Sweetwaters Guitar Gallery is a real asset,and the attention to detail during the evaluation process along with careful packing for shipment is a big plus.Fast shipping! Now for the Guild Polara. This is a quality made instrument.No corners cut here.Attention to detail in every respect. Quality wood Perfect finish ,smooth pots and pickup switch. Straight neck with nicely polished frets.And set up nicely to be played right out of the caseE asily adjustable action. The pickups are warm, open, and versitile.The overall quality of the guitar i received shows that both GUILD and Sweetwater have high QC standards.Very pleased with my purchase.
Music background: Jazz Rock Blues

my polara s 100

I received my new Guild Polara S100 yesturday and I have to say I am very pleased. This guitar exceeded my expectations. The sound and looks are great. I couldn't believe the sustain. WOW!!!! The reason I selected this guitar is that I have arthritis in my hands and am finding it more and more difficult to reach some of the chords. Subsequently, I have been playing a lot of slide. I only had to raise the action a little bit and this guitar gave me the sound I was looking for to play rock and blues. The customer service at Sweetwater is terrific. They kept me informed as to when the guitar would be in stock, delivered it when they said they would and kept in contact before, during and after delivery. It is as pleasure doing business them.
Music background: PLAYING FOR ABOUT 3 YEARS

Great Guitar!

Received it yesterday. Very nice guitar. Great sounding pickups. I like the tone pots. The neck is comfortable for my small hands. Quality build. Nice job GUILD! I got the guild soft leather strap with it. Thick and comfortable. Sweetwater does a great job in the purchase process. Thanks Kurt and everyone at sweetwater for a great experience.
Music background: rhythm guitar and vocalist for a classic rock band
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