I don't know a lot about steel guitars but if you have questions I would be happy try to answer. When I bought it 40 years ago it worked fine. I bought it from a singing group and I had hoped to learn to play it. But I never tried to learn.
I don't believe I took it out of the case more than once. I wish I would have had a amp to check it out. I know it worked great for the group.
If anything major I would certainly consider helping with the cost of repair. The item "Fender 8 String / 4 Pedal with Volume Foot Control Steel Guitar With Hard Case" is in sale since Monday, February 1, 2021. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Electric Guitars".The seller is "lenraub" and is located in Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States.