It looks like a square, baby cello and it's construction was intentionally that. But, it's sound is not that at all. The nylon strings, plucked with different things, create a twangy sound with a lot of character. In the sample, it's being picked with thin metal, creating a scraping sound. It also has a strong percussive element to its sound. I like to play one string as a drone while picking pitches on the other one.
The idea began with the neck of a broken violin. A friend gave the smashed instrument to me after I discovered it in the corner of a venue he manages and asked about it. Upon discovering that the neck was unscathed, I removed it and placed it onto a whiskey box. A piece of wood I found outside is attached to the bottom and acts as a leg. Of course, it's covered in cloth and a wine cork is the bridge. A set of wood shims glued together slides underneath the fretboard to adjust it's position.