It's really not that intricate an instrument, but it's not all that intuitive to a six-string player, either. Think of it as a 10-string B-Bender, with (alot) more bending options. It's tuned to an open chord and the pedals get you to other lead or chording positions, easily to the 4-chord from the root you're playing and minor chords. I got mine about 10 years ago and I can get around OK on it, but I'm no Buddy Emmons. What is really fun, though - is to play along with backing tracks, your favorite tunes or with other guitar players. It's a lead or rhythm instrument and really not all that tough to pick up, especially if you've played some slide on your six-string. The same rules apply for dampening, bar positioning - all that stuff. For the (reasonable) prices for some really nice steels, every guitar player who appreciates country music, will enjoy it. I can sit at mine for hours at a time and have a blast with it. That said, I've only played-out with it once, but it was a lot of fun. I'd highly recommend it. One thing it will definitely do for you, is make you a (much) better finger picker on 6-string. It forces you to develop your right hand. And that, has been the most beneficial to me. It requires pick & fingers technique, by design. So, if you want to strengthen that part of your playing, while learning a new "guitar," it's about as much fun as you can have with some wood and strings.