This is just a two-string zither with a magnetic pickup. Its distinctive sound comes from the implements used to sound the strings. I made several pairs of strikers for it, each designed for different effects. As an example, one pair uses flexible steel rods set in heavy steel handles. The player strikes and holds the rods against the string. The striking point defines the vibrating length of the string, and you can play melodies by striking at appropriate locations. The rods vibrate along with the string, and by sliding the rod crosswise after striking, you can create shifting overtones.
In the sound clip here, the instrument is heard with several different strikers and playing techniques. It’s joined by several percussion instruments.