The amp is really heavy for its size, but it's mainly because it is very resistant. The thick wood is covered by the leather finish (I suppose it is synthetic), also the handle is made of leather and wont break. The controls are on top so its easier to change your settings ant also save space. The amp is not distorted even if you max out the volume when playing on clean. The distortion can get really heavy but if you're playing metal you may want to get external distortions.