Jenny picked up a $50 (Canadian) at a couple weeks ago. She’s learning how to play guitar on it.
It has steel strings and sounds like a ukulele, but, depending on how it’s played, it can also sound like a banjo and a mandolin (to my untrained ear, that is). It’s a versatile instrument.
Last night I discovered how good 7th chords sound on it. Here’s a short sample [removed] of what it was like. It’s fun to just bang away at it and explore different strumming patterns.
I know what I want for Xmas now: a.
UPDATE: We don’t play it anymore because it would never stay in tune, not even for a minute.