Dream Studio Guitars Baccara Alain Johannes Signature review

An awesome signature model from the Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures guitarist

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Guitar World Verdict

The Baccara is impressive for combining stylish flair with massive tone. Featuring premium components, a pro setup and rock-solid construction, the Baccara is not your typical semi-hollow guitar, but an electrifying alternative.


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    Top-quality semi-hollow build and sounds.

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    The Bigsby B-30 vibrato adds springier playability and stays remarkably in tune.

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    Three-way toggle switch is on the upper bout, making it easier to quickly flip through the pickups.


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    No markings to indicate the guitar as a signature model - but some could see that as a pro!

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His name might not ring many bells, but as a musician and producer, Alain Johannes has a long and storied list of alt-music credentials, including Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, PJ Harvey and Chris Cornell - among many others.

He already has a pretty slick offset signature guitar from Dream Studio called the Sparkler, but this time around, he had yearned for a beloved Epiphone Casino that had been stolen from him while he was onstage with his band Eleven.

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.