1986, Kramer joined forces with Rick Excellente and Showster guitars out
of New Jersey and collaborated on developing a new line of guitars for
Kramer. Showster guitars was best known at the time for their "tailfin"
shaped bodies reminescent of the 1957 Chevy tailfin shape. Other works
were the motorcycle gas tank-shped guitar bodies.
Made in Korea, there were basically three types of Showsters-the Metalist, Metalist XML and the Savant. Common features between the three were pointy headstocks, bolt-on maple necks with 22 fret rosewood fretboards, somewhat heavy scalloped double cutaway bodies, Floyd Rose, dot inlays and Duncan pickups. Input jacks were on the backside of the guitar.
The Metalist came in three forms- I, II and III. The differences were in the pickup configurations. All featured an internal metal plate with a chrome rim on the lower bout. The Metalist I had a single hum with volume and tone, the Metalist II had one hum and a neck single coil, volume, tone and a three way select. The Metalist III sported the HSS config with o0ne volume, two tones, five-way select and coil tap switch.
Next was the Metalist XML which was basically the same as the Metalist but with a black metal wing on the lower bout. This also came in three versions-XML I, XML II and XML III. Distinguishing features were again the pickup configuration which was the same as the Metalists.
Last was the Savant. Unlike the other Showsters, the Savant's metal load was completely internal and showed no trace on the outside of the body. There was the Savant I, Savant II, and Savant III. each the same pickup configuration as the other Showsters.
The Metalist I, Metalist XML I and Savant I all with the single humbucker layout did not last long before they were replaced with the 1+1(Metalist 1+1, Metalist XML 1+1 and Savant 1+1) which added a middle position humbucker and three-way select. (No neck pickup). This model later sproted coil taps also.