It was a lap steel. I figured it would be the easiest among the stringed instruments to build, other than a strum stick (like Les Claypool sometimes plays. It's a pretty rough little piece, but it was meant as much as a 3-d art project as it was to be an instrument. The design was made by my friend who was in the 3-d class, but I used my building skills to do it. I did it all pretty much freehand, which was very tough. The need for templates, router guides, and all that is very apparent, now. Any way you throw it, though, it was a fun and interesting project to build a working instrument in about 7 hours. It's going to end up being purple stained on birdseye maple. I'll get some pictures of it tomorrow sometime.