The Telecaster Bass was introduced in May 1968. Essentially a straight reissue of the original 1951 Precision Bass, it featured a large pickguard, Telec -shaped headstock, single pickup, and chrome control plate. In '71,the Tele Bass was given an overhaul. The old-style pickguard was redesigned to eliminate the control plate, and the single-coil pickup was replaced with a larger, more powerful, humbucking unit. The Telecaster Bass was produced alongside the contemporary Precision Bass through the 1970s. It was to be the final version of the Telecaster Bass, which was discontinued in the fall of 1979.