The instrument is actually a modified Archtop guitar and consists of 20 strings viz . three melody strings, five drone strings strung to the peghead, and twelve sympathetic strings strung to the tuners mounted on the side of the neck. A gourd (or the tumba) is screwed into the back of the neck for improved sound quality and vibration. It is held in the lap like a slide guitar. The Mohan Veena is under tremendous tension; the total strings pull to be in excess of 500 pounds.
Some of the popular performers include its inventor, Grammy Award winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pandit Salil Bhatt ( who went on to inventing the Satvik Veena, a derivative of his father's Mohan Veena) and Pandit Satish Khanwalkar.