Top quality instrument, fraction of the price of most pedal steel guitars. The main reason why people stray from committing to learn pedal steel is the price of purchasing one as a beginner. You can buy a $100 acoustic guitar and if you realize you don't like playing, you are not to invested. Spending $3-4k on an instrument you are not sure you will like learning is a hard commitment. GFI realized this and designed a student model that is professional quality. I am incredibly pleased with this instrument and am having so much fun! Easy to setup and get playing right out of the box. Also, the turnaround time was exceptional. It was communicated early on that it would be a 10-12 week wait as they make these per order. It was definitely a much quicker turnaround and a delightful surprise when I received the email saying my order shipped! Thanks Sam Ash for the wonderful service!