Just got a brand new SM-1 in gloss black (I don't know if that's "transparent black"). Super guitar!!! My brother has the original 80s Stagemaster (in red - almost iridescent) that I've been playing for a while. This is the best SuperStrat ever (IMHO); that's why I have committed to the SM-1. However, I decided I'd rather get the white one (which, appearance wise, doesn't really thrill me either ). Sure wish they had the red, or the blue, from that era.
If you are interested, email me at the address in my profile. I'm not sure what's involved in sending it out of the