Mine has the controls on the top with the handle, altho' it also has a slant bottom side, 25 watts.
IMO, this is an excellent recording amp, particularly if you use pedals. I keep it a cuppla feet from my mix position, and typically mic it with a parallel DI, or a parallel feed from the mic (I usually use a GT Brick, and a VC3Q). It's quiet, loud enuff (I run it clean at about "4"), and can actually grind if you crank it. 3 EQ knobs give a lot of flexibility, and it's a nice size (mebbe 16"x16"x12", 25 lbs?). No DI output, but it does have a cans jack.