Hi all, New guy here, 1st post... Maybe some background first. Many many years ago as a teenager, I bought myself an acoustic guitar, and tried playing it on my own. Unfortunately, I had to give that up... several times I retried, and every time I had to give up again. Apparently, it is physically not possible for me to play guitar, the reason being that I can't cut my fingernails short enough. Literally, like e.g. the farthest point of my pinky finger is my nail, if I put my hands horizontally (e.g. on a table top) and slide them together to try to touch each other, on all my fingers, my fingernail touch each other (without pushing!), on my pinky fingers, there is about 1 mm of space between the fleshy part of both fingers. This is with the nails cut as short as possibe. If someone knows how to solve this, or is of the opinion that this is not a problem to play the guitar, please let me know! Anyhow… with Corona now, and being home, I was thinking (again) if there aren't any other solutions to play a stringed instrument like Chapman Stick, bass guitar (maybe the nails problem isn't as much of a problem on a bass? I don't know), Harpejji, lap steel, pedal steel. So… do you guys have any advice regarding lap steel/pedal steel guitars? - First of all… when playing a lap steel, is it possible to make it sound like a normal electric guitar? I mean, if you want to play rock, grunge, pop,... you don't always want that slide effect. -Secondly, I read about different tunings on lap steel guitars. Does that mean that with certain tuning, you can only play songs in a certain key? Is this were a pedal steel guitar comes into play? I noticed that there are not only 6-string instruments, but also 8-string? Is it preferred to start with a 6-string? How hard is a lap steel/pedal steel? Which one is the hardest? In case you mostly want to play pop, rock, grunge,... is a lap steel/pedal steel to be adviced? See my question above if you can play it/make it sound like a normal electric guitar. What would be a good starting point for an instrument? In my region, I can find the following under 400 €: - Harley Benton Slider II Vintage series for 79 €; - Epiphone Electar Century 1939 for 259 €; - Gretsch G5700 for 385 €, - Gretsch Electromatic G5715 for 399 €. - in between the Harley Benton and the Epiphone, there are a few Recording Kings, the RG-31-NA (178 €), RG-32-SN (179 €) and the RG-35-SN (189 €). Do you have an advice on these lap steels? Which are good/decent ones, from which to stay away? Sorry for the long post, and thank you for the answers!