Before you buy, check out Ebay. $133 USD and up for Showmasters.
Those prices sound more like the Squier Showmaster and not the Fender..
What type of Duncans are in that Showmaster?
Congrats on your new Showmaster good looking guitar ..Hope it plays and sounds as good as it looks..I have thought many times of buying one of these when i see them forsale on Craigslist ..Please post a review when you get a chance
I have had the guitar 2 days now and am very impressed by the quality and sound. The reason I got it was the combination of features not found on other Strats I own. I love the 24 fret set neck!! It has jumbo frets, and is very smooth and fast. The neck heel is non-existent, so playing all the way up the neck is a breeze.
The pickups are made in USA;
Neck = Seymour Duncan '59 SH-1n reverse polarity humbucker
bridge = Pearly Gates Plus SH PgP-1B humbucker
They sound great, but hooked up to the 5 way switch, it has some unique sounds.
1=full bridge humbucker(coils in series)
2=both inside single coils(coils in series) for the classic Strat quack tone
3=both full humbuckers
4= full neck humbucker(coils in parallel)
5= full neck humbucker(coils in series)
I was hesitant to get a Made in Korea Fender, but after I saw all the nice features(graphite nut, locking tuners, recessed knobs, abalone dot inlays, awesome quilt top, flawless finish) I was sold. I got over the "If it is not MIA, it's crap" attitude a long time ago. I judge a guitar by how it sounds, plays and feels. I own about 35 guitars, and many are MIA. I just get what I like, and am lucky enough to have quite a few. Don't get me wrong, I am not wealthy by ANY stretch of the imagination. I just like to buy guitars and play them, record with them, and tinker with them. I tend to buy Fender guitars, especially Strats that are a little.......different. I like the classic designs, but I think that Fender has made some really cool non-traditional Strats, and that is what I like. To each, his own!!
And if you're gonna $@!&* about a guitar made in Korea, don't use your cell phone, or TV, or computer, or any other electronic device that has been made in the Far East. Thats where they all come from nowadays ya know.