This is an incredible amp. The tone is very tight.
It's a "quiet" amp, so I wouldn't recommend this for metal or heavy rock music. Although it will hold up to heavier styles, it is definitely made for quieter genres. My band plays mainly acoustic rock and were very glad when we found his amp. It works great with our electric upright, hollow body, and standard electric basses.
We've also record with it by using a mic and the direct out. Both produced excellent results so it's a matter of preference. However, I can say without a doubt, that the direct out works fantastic.
It's also quite surprising considering the weight. It has quite a punch considering the weight and size! Thus, very portable and perfect for gigs or studio.
I would HIGHLY recommend this amp for Jazz, Acoustic Rock, Bluegrass, Country, etc....