This week we check out something a little different: The RevolveR Steampunk bass made by Kyle Miller, aka “Thin Gypsy Thief”.
Miller, who works as a visual artist, luthier and propmaker in Vancouver, was commissioned to build the fully functional instrument for rapper T-Pain.
“The bass was built for Grammy winning recording artist T-Pain as a co-branded piece to match the release of his last album, RevolveR,” Miller explains. “If you look at the detail in the inset gauges, they each say ‘T-Pain, Low Phase Revolver Phase 1 (and 2), Tallahassee FL 1898,’ in addition to a RevolveR etched brass nameplate between the two pickups.”
The imaginative bass is built from an ash body with a maple top and maple neck. All the hardware is chrome, while vintage tuning machines were used to “fit the aged look of the project.” The pickups are a pair of vintage Peavey Super Ferrites with alternate housings. The bass was stained and finished with multiple coats of tung oil and sealed with a semi-gloss finish.
“Lots of ‘found’ bits were included in the construction, including the plunger top of an antique brass spray bottle,” Miller notes. “Despite the cutaway, the bass is actually still balanced well. It was an interesting project and I had a lot of fun making it.”
While Miller isn’t a bassist himself, he made a quick video to show off the bass:
The Thin Gypsy Thief RevolveR Steampunk bass is a one-of-a-kind piece, though Miller accepts commissions. For more info, check out the Thin Gypsy Thief Studios website.
Thin Gypsy Thief Studio’s RevolveR Steampunk Bass Photo Gallery:
Thin Gypsy Thief Studio’s RevolveR Steampunk Bass Specs:
- Steampunk Style
- Ash Body with Maple Top
- Maple neck
- Chrome Hardware
- Peavey Super Ferrite Pickups
- High Gloss Finish