View Full Version : "Gene Leis", anyone??

01-31-2012, 10:26 PM
I just found a small amp in a local guitar store. The amp is made by Gene Leis and has 4 tubes in it. It's called a "model708" amp. It appears to have two small tubes and two octal base tubes. I could not snake my hand up inside the cab far enough to verify the tube numbers. Does anyone out there know of this amp and what tubes it uses?
Thank You!

02-01-2012, 01:38 AM
Google is your friend!


There have been some TGP threads on these. Leis was a jazz player who got into the mail order lesson biz. Had a line of amps made to go along with. There are several stories of similar entrepreneurs in America's history. Esteban is the latest.

A good guess is that the amp has a single 6V6, a rectifier(probably a 5Y3 but possibly a 6X5), and the two smaller tubes might be 12AX7s or maybe one is a can cap or a single triode.

02-01-2012, 05:18 AM
I've got two Gene Leis amps. A Model 100TP (the combo) and a Model 918B (the head). The amplifiers are identical. Single 6V6, single 5Y3, and a pair of 12AX7s. Great sounding little amps. Not worth very much money though.

02-01-2012, 01:17 PM
Didn't know he got into that biz too.
I still use my ancient chord book.

02-01-2012, 02:09 PM
Made in Manhattan Beach, CA? Gene must have done very well for himself.

02-01-2012, 02:43 PM
Does it take pedals well? ;)

02-01-2012, 03:08 PM
...yep, the same guy. Good book too.

...I believe he gets credit for "english" lyrics to one of Jobims' Bossa Nova songs.
Ha, so it sez, right in the CD jewel case we had open, for 'Corcovado'. [misspelled 'Lees'] '.

I'll have to tell my girls. They made a video for the tune. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PofddjoGD3M