The Fender Musical Instruments Corporation has continuously manufactured the Stratocaster from to the present. It is a double- cutaway guitar, with an extended top "horn" shape for balance. Guitars that duplicate the Stratocaster by other manufacturers are sometimes called S-Type or ST-type guitars. The guitar introduced into the popular market several features that were innovative for electric guitars in the mid s.
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With few physical changes through the s, it was discontinued in and reissued in by Fender's subsidiary Squier as the Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB , which was discontinued in Released as a reissue of the original version of the Fender Precision Bass , it was named as "Telecaster" after the Telecaster guitar model. The Telecaster Bass differs in shape from the original Telecaster guitar in that the latter is a single cutaway guitar and the bass is double cutaway. The Telecaster Bass was introduced in May  being essentially a straight reissue of the original Precision Bass design which was in fact influenced by the Telecaster guitar , with a large pickguard, small Telecaster-shaped headstock, single pickup, and separate chrome control plate. Early versions had a two-piece maple-capped neck with no "skunk stripe" on the back of the neck and some also had the rare paddle-style tuners that were most commonly seen on the Jazz Bass.
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