Thank you! The African Blackwood really looks like Brazilian Rosewood! It's really not that difficult to play. The first six courses are tuned like a lute, (on guitar, g string to f# and a capo on the 3rd fret). The rest ar just open basses, tuned however you need. It's great to just drop an ending cadence an octave! The biggest difficulty is that because of the fingerboard width, you cannot see your left hand fingers at all!