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date: 22 November 2019

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A composite form of lyre guitar with 15 strings, invented by Adolphe Led’huy of Coucy-les-Châteaux about 1802 and patented in 1806. The normal guitar strings and neck are flanked by, on one side, three bass strings on a long, unfretted hollow neck, and on the other side a second, short fretted neck with strings tuned a 5th above the main strings. All three necks are connected at the top by a crosspiece that also holds the tuning pegs. In his method of 1806 Led’huy suggests tuning the Nouvelle Lyre-Organisée (an improved model with floating bridge and tailpiece, and a double top) a 3rd below normal pitch to avoid string breakage. Six keys at the bass side of the large, somewhat rectangular body activate leather-covered hammers that strike the main neck strings (reminiscent of the keys added to the English guitar (guittar)). A button-operated device mutes all 15 strings. The instrument can stand upright on a table and was evidently modeled after the conventional harp-guitar. (E. Vulpiani: ...

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