Dean Vendetta Guitar Giveaway – Guitar Pedals & More!

September 29, 2009 by · 218 Comments 

Dean Vendetta Guitar Giveaway

Give away is over. You are still welcome to leave your comments and sign up to our news feed if you like. Winners will be selected and announced soon. Stay tuned!

September 29th, 2009–Gear-Vault’s 2nd Birthday is today! To make it fun, we are giving away some really cool prizes–including T-shirts, Guitar Strings, pair of Dot On Shaft Humbucker Guitar Pickups, Distortion and Fuzz pedals… and a Dean Vendetta Electric Guitar!

How do I win?

Simple! All you have to do to is be 1 of the 10 lucky winners to receive one of these cool prizes–simply leave a comment below stating what your favorite guitar riff (or song) is–and why.

To be eligible, you must subscribe to the feedburner email feed – this is how you will be selected and notified of your winnings. We are using Feedburner with to select the 10 winners, so you MUST active the Feedburner to win. Subscribe now:


What do I win?

    1st prize: Dean Vendatta Guitar!
    2nd prize: Set of DOS Carparelli Humbucker Pickups
    3rd Prize: MXR M-115 Distortion III Pedal
    4th prize: EHX Little Big Muff Fuzz Pedal
    5th prize: Fender T-shirt + 3 sets of DosWyres
    6th prize: Dot on Shaft T-shirt + 3 sets of DosWyres
    7th prize: Three sets of Electric Guitar Strings
    8th prize: Two Sets of Electric Guitar Strings
    9th prize: Set of Electric Guitar Strings
    10th prize: Set of Electric Guitar Strings

When does the Giveaway end?

We’re going to run the giveaway for 60-days. We want to give everyone a chance to participate and win some of this really cool stuff. End date is November 30th 2009.

If you are a retailer and would like to advertise with us, please get in contact–we have the perfect advertising campaign for your company. You can sponsor this giveaway with a small donation and we are accepting gear donations for future giveaways.

Rise and Fall of DOS – Carparelli S2 Les Paul Style Guitar No Mo!

August 4, 2009 by · 8 Comments 

Les Paul guitar review

Dot On Shaft Guitars, which has quickly become Canada’s fastest-growing maker of fretted instruments, continues its conquest of the music industry with the launching of its very own record label, DOS Records. The label, a subsidiary of Dot On Shaft/Carparelli Guitars, will join the company’s two brick-and-mortar retail stores, its online store, and its music academy and makes Dot On Shaft Canada’s first guitar maker to open a record company. Read more

Dot On Shaft Carparelli Semi Hollowbody Electric Guitar Review

February 11, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Dot On Shaft CarparelliCarparelli S3 Semi Hollow

Over the last decade Canadian guitar manufacturers have been enjoying greater recognition in the world market. Among the guitar manufacturers, Dot On Shaft Guitar Company is rapidly becoming a well-known brand by creating instruments made with high-quality woods and featuring decoration that challenges what is found on privately hand-crafted instruments.

Dot On Shaft’s Carparelli solidbody already has a strong following among musicians who want an affordable instrument. The Carparelli S3 Semi Hollow body expands from that worldwide success. Legendary archtop tones are easily created from this specialized hollow body, and thanks to its exceptional construction and Carparelli handwound humbuckers, likewise, the Carparelli S3 is equally capable as a brawling rocker.

Dot On Shaft takes full advantage of Canada’s native supply of high-quality woods. The arched back and sides are both created from mahogany, while the top is made of AAA quilted maple. The angle formed by the blending of the arched top and the neck joint is not noticeable different from that of a solidbody guitar, so playing the S3 Semi Hollow requires no change of the player’s hand position.

The Carparelli S3 Semi Hollow is a genuine hollow body–it doesn’t have a center block. However, it does utilize a thick chunk of mahogany sustainer block positioned under the bridge. Not only does the mahogany sustainer block add stability, it mixes a warm tone into the bright maple chamber. Dual f-holes and three air slots on the upper bout allows the guitar to breath resonance. This style of guitar is among the most pricy to produce, so it’s very impressive that Dot On Shaft can sell this precision-crafted guitar under $1,500.

To smooth out the maple’s tone, the S3 Semi Hollow is a one-piece solid mahogany neck. It’s C shaped, relatively narrow taper, namely in the tradition of classic jazz guitars, so it is fairly easy to grip and fast to play. The 22 short and slender frets are also comparable to what might be found on a jazz guitar. While this slightly eliminates the instrument’s touch sensitivity, it’s outstanding for smooth transitions and complex chord harmonies.

Dot On Shaft Carparelli

The rosewood fingerboard adds a hint of dark and warm tone. Most of the fretboard is covered with fancy vine inlay of mother-of-pearl and abalone. Inlays are extravagant as this extra crafty-work usually cost more than the total asking price of this guitar, incredibility, the Carparelli S3’s body, headstock and fingerboard are also bound in abalone, and the inlaid logo is twisted with mother-of-pearl. As if that weren’t enough to grab attention of the audience, the Tune-O-Matic bridge, stop tail, tuners and pickup covers are plated in alluring gold.

Electronics are made up of a set of Carparelli handwound double humbuckers in the bridge and neck position, plus a three-way toggle. Because hollow body guitars illuminate so many overtones, the pickup-specific volume and tone pots are a must to dial in certain sounds and make the output to various gain levels.

The Carparelli S3 Semi Hollow is without a doubt capable as a jazz guitar, and its comfortable fast neck feels like the twig on a classic archtop. That is where the resemblance ends, though, because the Carparelli S3’s other characteristics made it more of a crossover between a solidbody and hollowbody. Resounding acoustics radiate through the body in especially tight patterns, which fight any natural propensity for feedback when high gain or distortion is added. Whereas the pickups on a jazz guitar are geared toward specific applications, the Carparelli handwound pickups make the Carparelli S3 Semi Hollow compatible with any amp. Fat and woody archtop tones are easily coaxed through the handwound neck pickup, which adds a velvety fur to each note. When distortion is applied, this pickup helps the Carparelli produce stacks of sound that are very close to Peter Stroud’s famous mix of clean and driven overtones. Through a high-gain amp, the neck pickup remains gritty but also becomes creamy and sweet. ’a la Gary Moore. By itself, the Carparelli handwound bridge humbucker can be harsh, but the guitar’s naturally soft bottom notes and bright treble bursts can be quickly compensated with a quick adjustment of the tone knob.

The End Line
Dot On Shaft’s Carparelli Semi Hollow is a visually stunning instrument, to say the least, with plethora of shell-bombing bling. At the same time, the Carparelli S3 melds traditional archtop acoustics with modern solidbody tone and playability. The axe’s focused bark adds sting to jazz styles, while the handwound humbuckers extend this guitar’s performance links to the realms of blues to hard rock.