Hoping to hear from others who have these crazy little lap steels. I think they're '30's/ early '40's era. Certainly budget models, they have a metal bridge bolted on, binding is painted on, ladder braced and not sure if the wood is laminated or solid. I've seen the nut described as metal too, never looked at mine that close. But they have a pretty cool sound, I'm thinking the square neck might have something to do with that. They don't compare to the sound of a resonator cone model, but for jamming blues with a few other players they do the job pretty darned well. I have 2, the one on the right had a loose brace so I took the strings off and never put a new set on. I use light acoustic strings and tune to open D. Love that old style sunburst. Here are some pics, they even had their own steel.