This instrument is laid out very similarly to an electric guitar. Single input jack, a tone pot and a volume pot etc. All of the hardware is good quality, very solid and durable materials. I've used it a lot and the hardware hasn't tarnished much at all.
It's design allows you to play with the back of the instrument resting on your lap in a seated position, so you look down at the fretboard as you play. If you want to play and stand, you'll need to put the instrument on a keyboard stand as it doesn't have a way to attach a strap to it. Open tunings work best on this instrument.
The quality of sound is good, it has a warm, bassy tone and is very clear so every note rings out nicely. You need to play with a sound bar or bottleneck slide, so it has a very distinct sound. Playing with a volume pedal and some reverb and/or echo is a must for that real "country" sound.
The overall build quality is very good. It is a solid instrument and is put together very well. A great buy.