This amp doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles but a beginner doesn't need all that. This amp is great for learning guitarists because it works and doesn't sound like crap!
This amp spend most of its time plugged in to the powerstrip by my bed. It's close enough to my computer that I can write and transcribe, close enough to my bed I can sit and jam, and it sounds pretty nice. I've used this amp as a guitar amp (where I'm particularly fond of the built in, button switch distortion) and for a brief period, a vocal amp, where it still performed fine. It handles tone very well, it's only drawback is it's size and, in a modern world, lack of versatility, But for a first amp, practice amp, or bedside amp, it beats a silvertone.