Stretton Payne Signature Series, Travel Mini Acoustic Guitar, 36 inch 3/4 size, Steel String, Solid Spruce Top, Cutaway, GS-100

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Stretton Payne Signature Series, Travel Mini Acoustic Guitar, 36 inch 3/4 size, Steel String, Solid Spruce Top, Cutaway, GS-100

GS Mini shape. Solid Spruce Top. Mahogany Back and Sides. Mahogany Neck, Purple Heart Fingerboard and Bridge. Diecast Machine head, Satin Finish

Stretton Payne Signature Series Acoustic Guitars


Cutaway GA Mini 36 inch 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar - GS-100

This is a GA Mini Grand Auditorium 36 Inch Guitar

The 36 inch GA Mini Grand Auditorium Guitar is a short scaled ¾ sized guitar. It benefits from all the key characteristics of a long scale Grand Auditorium guitar but offers the advantages of a short scale guitar. It’s an easy playing, fun and accessible guitar with a full bodied steel string sound. It has a slim waist which makes playing the guitar sat down more comfortable while still producing a vibrant sound. It is widely considered to be a great all round guitar, easily handling both finger picking and strumming styles.

Classified as a Travel Guitar. Travel guitars are designed for the guitarist on the go, the nomadic busker or a player who prefers a smaller sized guitar. They are made with a short scale length and scaled down ¾ sized bodies. They are easy playing, fun and accessible guitars with a full bodied steel string sound. Although made for adults they are a great choice for children 8 plus looking for a steel string guitar.

Key Features

The type of tonal wood used to build a guitar body is key to a great sounding instrument. The type of wood used in the neck, fretboard and bridge is also very important in producing a quality guitar that plays well. Here is a list of the carefully selected tonal woods we used to make this guitar with an explanation of the tonal properties you can expect from the guitar listed below.

Top: Solid Spruce

Back and Sides: Mahogany

Neck: Mahogany

Machine Heads: Chrome Diecast

Fret Material: Nickel

Fretboard Material: Purple Heart

Finish: High Gloss

Cutaway Body: Yes

Pickup: None

The Tonal Woods we used to build this guitar.


Solid Wood Spruce Top

So what is solid wood? It shouldn’t be confused with a solid body which is a technique used on many electric guitars. It basically means the wood on the acoustic guitar is cut to shape from a solid block of wood and is not layered in any way. It allows the wood to retain its natural qualities, its unique tonal characteristics and vibrations just as nature intended. It produces guitars that are the best they can be in sound and tone.

Solid wood guitars are more expensive and ultimately produce a nicer sounding, more resonant guitar. Solid wood guitars produce a vibration that offers wonderful feedback when you play the guitar and the sound they produce is more vibrant.

We select each wood species for its tonal properties and we carefully blend different types of wood on the guitars top, back and sides to produce a great sounding guitar.

Spruce Tone Wood

Solid Spruce Top

Spruce is generally regarded as the industry standard tone wood for guitar tops. It offers the widest depth of tone and character for every playing style. Spruce is a softwood and is generally considered more sustainable than hard woods because it has a faster growth and regeneration rate. It has a tight creamy white grain with good pliability that produces a broad dynamic range of sound.

The reason for spruces persistent popularity is its ability to produce bright responsive balanced tone.

Mahogany Tone Wood

Mahogany Back, Sides and Neck

Mahogany is a straight grained redish-brown wood that produces guitars with an impressive beauty and depth of sound. Its stunning colour produces beautiful natural finished guitars. It is widely used in quality guitar necks due to its straight grain, density and strength. When used in the guitar body it is characterised as having a warm, soft sound with pleasing resonance and balanced tone.

Purple Heart Tone Wood

Purple Heart Fretboard and Bridge

Purple Heart is a very hard, stiff and dense wood with a straight tight grain. It has become a popular choice for quality guitar fretboards and bridges due to its similar tonal properties to Rosewood but is a more sustainable choice. When freshly cut the timber is a deep purple colour and becomes a dark brown when exposed to UV light. The dense hard wearing character of Purple Heart make it a great choice for fretboards and guitar bridges as it transfers sound waves efficiently to the rest of the guitar.

The quality components we used to build this guitar?


Short Scale GA-Mini Guitar

What are the benefits of a Short Scale Length?

A guitar scale length is the distance between the nut and saddle. A scale length shorter than 62cm (25.4 inches) is generally considered to be a short scale. A short scale guitar is tuned to the same pitch as a long scale guitar but requires less string tension. In effect the string is looser and more elastic. Playing notes and chords requires less pressure from your fretting hand making it a little easier on your fingers to play. Shorter scale length guitars have a shorter total neck length than a long scale guitar making it easier for smaller players to reach the entire length of the guitar neck.

Quality Diecast Sealed Machine Head

Chrome Diecast machine Heads

What is a machine head? Simply put they are the component on a guitar used to adjust the string tension whilst also preventing the string from slipping. Once tensioned it’s important that the string is held in place without slipping to maintain accurate tuning.

There are a variety of machine heads to suit different budgets and they are an important component to consider when building quality guitars. They affect tuning accuracy and contribute to the stability of the guitars tuning.

Why we use Sealed (diecast) on this guitar. Sealed or Diecast machine heads are used mainly on quality mid to high end guitars. The internal mechanisms are sealed inside a diecast housing meaning the components are protected from the elements and will permanently retain its lubrication. The diecast housing keeps the gear mechanisms firmly in place making a more accurate string tensioner and holding the guitars tuning more stable. Diecast machine heads are long lasting, accurate, quality guitar components.

Quality Nickel Frets

Quality Nickel Frets

What is a fret? Frets are the metal strips that run at regular intervals along the fretboard (finger board). The number of frets on a guitar neck vary depending on the type of guitar, typically a steel string acoustic guitar has 20 frets.

Fret wire or frets are an important component that will affect the guitars playability. The type of metal they are made from will have the biggest impact over all. The three main metals used for fret wire are brass (a gold colour), nickel and stainless steel (both a silver colour).

Brass is not as hard wearing as nickel and stainless steel. This makes it a good choice for nylon string guitars but not so good for steel string acoustic guitars. Nickel is a better choice for quality steel string guitars because it is considered corrosion resistant and hard wearing. Stainless steel is a less common choice as it tends to have a more rigid structure which makes it harder to work with but is most resistant to corrosion.

Dual Action Truss Rod

Dual Action Truss Rod

What is a truss rod and do all guitars have them? Guitar necks are prone to bending from changes in temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure and tension from the guitar strings. Quality guitars have a truss rod inserted under the fretboard that runs the length of the guitar neck. A truss rod is a metal rod that can be tightened or loosened to control the bend in a guitar neck. Not all guitars have them but it’s an important component to consider when building quality guitars.

At Stretton Payne we use dual action truss rods which is a modern design that can be tightened in both directions, warping the neck in either direction. The truss rod is accessed on an acoustic guitar using an allen/hex key inside the sound hole.

A truss rod allows small adjustments to the neck position, also known as the guitars action, making the strings either closer or further away from the fretboard. Having a quality guitar with a good dual action truss rod will help set the guitar neck perfectly.


Exquisite Tonewoods

Stretton Payne Signature series guitars feature some of the finest tonewoods such as Spruce, Cedar and Mahogany, with solid top and all solid models, there is a signature series guitar to match any budget and all are a joy to play.

Stretton Payne Signature Series Limited Edition Acoustic Guitar Range

The brand new Stretton Payne Signature Series acoustic guitar range are designed to deliver maximum sound performance and playability. Crafted from some of the best tonewoods around and loaded with quality specifications, this range is ideal if you are looking for a premium guitar or a quality starter guitar.

A wide variety of body shapes and styles are available for any player, including electro acoustic and cutaway models, as well as smaller bodied travel guitars for players on the go.

Each of the signature series guitars are limited edition, with just several models produced per range, so you know your guitar is really something special.

1 Year back to base warranty
Solid Spruce
Back and Sides:
Machine Heads:
Cutaway Body: