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  • Laurence Libin

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Seven-string guitar produced by Pacquet (a native of Aix-en-Provence) in Marseilles towards the end of the 18th century. An example dating from about 1784 (B.B.mim) has a soundtable with a rose of pierced parchment surrounded by mother-of-pearl and ebony decoration, and a ‘moustache’ bridge. The unwaisted body tapers to a short carved neck and pegbox that extends forward and supports a ‘floating’ fingerboard with 18 frets that descends at an angle over the body to end near the soundhole. The instrument is 96 cm high and 26 cm broad; its tuning is ...

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