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#2485968 - 04/17/13 04:10 AM Fender Showmaster
02R96 Offline
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Are they a poor man's Strat? A good Value? Avoid at all cost? I read there is a Squire version and a Korean version too.

I know the Guitar Forum has the smartest people in music checking in so...

Opinions please? blah
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#2486001 - 04/17/13 07:32 AM Re: Fender Showmaster [Re: 02R96]
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IIRC they were Fender's answer to a superstrat. Not a poor man's Strat but a different animal altogether, hence the different name.

Have you found one?
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#2486043 - 04/17/13 10:23 AM Re: Fender Showmaster [Re: harvey]
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Looks like some kind of a Frankenstein to me... I'd have to play it to give an opinion.
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#2486045 - 04/17/13 10:27 AM Re: Fender Showmaster [Re: H-A Forgiven]
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Over here in the UK, the Squiers are selling for pennies.

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#2486059 - 04/17/13 11:24 AM Re: Fender Showmaster [Re: The Geoff]
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Sounds like cool name for a retro-style reissue looking amp. My first guitar teacher had a Dual Showman head with the 2-15 Showman Cabinet.
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#2486080 - 04/17/13 12:15 PM Re: Fender Showmaster [Re: CEB]
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There were some variations among models - set-neck vs bolt-on, FR vs Fender trem, and so on. It does seem to be a Strat-like guitar aimed at the Metal market. I see the Squier models for around $150, no idea of price on the Fender models.
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#2486127 - 04/17/13 03:16 PM Re: Fender Showmaster [Re: Winston Psmith]
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Yeah, I've seen a few of the Squires going second hand but never the Fender ones. That could mean that they are awesome and no one is selling theirs...or that Fender only sold three of them smile
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#2486128 - 04/17/13 03:18 PM Re: Fender Showmaster [Re: harvey]
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I like the idea of a rok'n strat style axe that DOESN'T have pointy bits.
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#2487265 - 04/22/13 03:53 PM Re: Fender Showmaster [Re: 02R96]
TimberWolf Offline
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I bought a Korean Showmaster FSR from Musicians Friend about 7 years ago for $300, and I'll probably never part with it:

Set neck w/ rosewood (side dots only), carved alder body, black w/ black hardware, Duncan pups (sound like JB's), TUSQ nut, 2 point trem w/ brass tone block. Beautiful fretwork and finish details - stays in tune forever; sounds clean when I need it to and growls when I want it to.

US Showmasters with primo wood and transparent finishes are typically $800+ if you can find one . . .
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#2487284 - 04/22/13 05:31 PM Re: Fender Showmaster [Re: TimberWolf]
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Welcome aboard Timber Wolf!

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#2487353 - 04/22/13 10:29 PM Re: Fender Showmaster [Re: Larryz]
TimberWolf Offline
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Thanks for the greeting - I was browsing when the topic prompted me to register and reply. I can post pics and / or additional info if it helps anyone.
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#2487357 - 04/22/13 11:16 PM Re: Fender Showmaster [Re: Larryz]
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Never saw one...but went looking for pix.

Very, VERY interesting.
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