I picked this lap steel up today, I've been wanting one for recording as I use a lot of slide but always got frustrated with fretting out.
I don't know what make it is, if anyone does please let me know, I'm guessing it's Japanese from the 60's, it came with its original case and it has its original screw-in stand, and I thought the shop I bought it from was joking when he said it had the original flat wounds on it, it does! explains why the lower strings sound so dead, a new set of strings may be in order.
It's got a mirrored fingerboard with gold foil type pickups, it's a bit of a marmite guitar, to some it's the ugliest thing ever built, I think it's kind of cool!
60's to 70's from the Guyatone/Teisco stable at a guess, I use D'addario chromes which are expensive but feel and sound great, something like 13/56 mediums swapping out the 13 for a 15/16 then tune to D or G.