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Acronym Decoder

Every niche is comprised of acronyms that make the newbie feel like an outsider. Here’s some Acronyms that you’ll find used on the TDPRI:

ACL = Austin City Limits
AV = American Vintage, as in AV52RI, for a ’52 Telecaster reissue)
BF = Black face (Fender amp with black control plate, often used as a prefix to amp acronyms)
BJ = Fender Blues Jr. amp
BSB = Butterscotch Blonde
BWB = Black/White/Black layered pickguard
Cap = Capacitor
CAR = Candy Apple Red
CIC = Crafted in China
CIJ = Crafted in Japan (Fender Japan guitars after 1996/7)
CS = (Fender) Custom Shop
CTS = Maker of potentiometers used in guitars
CV = Classic Vibe (Line of Squier models)
DR = Fender Deluxe Reverb amp
DRRI = A reissue of the ’65 Fender Deluxe Reverb amp
EH = Electro-Harmonix, maker of effect pedals
EL 34 = Power tube, used in modern Marshall amps
EL 84 = Power tube, used in Vox AC-30
EV = Electro Voice speaker
EQ = Equalizer
FMT = Flame Maple Top
FSR = Fender Special Run (Dealers create special versions for their stores exclusively)
FX = Effects (as in FX pedals)
G&L = George and Leo
GAS = Guitar/Gear Acquisition Syndrome
GC = Guitar Center
GFS = Pickups and/or other parts made by/for
HB = Humbucking guitar/bass pickup
HC = Harmony Central (another forum, not affiliated)
HP = Hartley Peavey
HRD/HRDx = Fender Hot Rod Deluxe amp
HRDv = Fender Hot Rod DeVille amp
HSS = Humbucker/single coil/single coil pickup configuration
HV = High voltage
HW1 = Fender Highway One Telecaster (or other instrument)
IIRC = NetLingo for “If I recall/remember correctly”
IMO/IMHO = In My Opinion/In My Humble Opinion
J = Fender Jazz Bass
LP = Gibson Les Paul
LPB = Lake Placid Blue
MB = Fender Musicmaster Bass amp
MF = Musician’s Friend
MIA = Made in America (USA)
MIC = Made in China
MII = Made in Indonesia / Made in India
MIJ = Made in Japan (Fender Japan guitars up until 1996/7)
MIK = Made in South Korea
MIM = Made in Mexico
MIT = Made in Taiwan
MMB = Fender Musicmaster Bass amp
MOP = Mother of Pearl
MOTS = Mother of Toilet Seat (plastic imitation of MOP, or similar)
NGD = New Guitar Day!
NOS = New Old Stock, a new guitar that’s been in a store’s stock a long time
NTTAWWT = “Not that there’s anything wrong with that” (see: Seinfeld)
OD = Overdrive
OP = Original Poster — the first poster in any thread
OT = Output transformer
OV = (Fender) Original Vintage (guitar pickups)
P = Fender Precision Bass
PCB = Printed circuit board
PJ = Fender Pro Junior amp
P/J = Precison + Jazz bass pickup configuration
Pot = Potentiometer
PR = Fender Princeton Reverb amp
PRRI = A reissue of the ’65 Fender Princeton Reverb amp
PU = guitar/bass pickup
P/U = guitar/bass pickup
Pup = guitar/bass pickup
PT = Power transformer
PV = Peavey
RI = Reissue (often added to amp acronym, eg DRRI)
RK – Red Knob (often added as prefix, e.g., RK Twin)
SC = Single coil guitar/bass pickup, or Fender Super Champ amp
SCXD = Fender Super Champ XD amp
SD = Seymour Duncan (maker of guitar pickups)
SER = Series
SF = Silver face (Fender amp with silver control plate, often used as a prefix to amp acronyms)
SMD = Surface-mount devices (on circuit boards)
SR = Fender Super Reverb amp
SS = Solid state
STD = Standard
TDPRI = Telecaster Discussion Page Reissue
TR = Fender Twin Reverb amp
TRRI = A reissue of the ’65 Fender Twin Reverb amp
TS-9/TS-808 = Classic Ibanez Tube Screamer OD pedals
TTIUWP = This Thread Is Useless Without Pictures!
WBW = White/Black/White layered pickguard
YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary
12AX7 = Pre amp tube, used in most amps
5881 = Power tube, used in early Marshall amps
5E3 = Fender Tweed Deluxe model amp
5E5-A = Fender Tweed Pro model amp
5E7 = Fender Tweed Bandmaster model amp
5E8-A = Fender Tweed Twin model amp
5F1 = Fender Tweed Champ model amp
5F4 = Fender Tweed Super model amp
5F6-A = Fender Tweed Bassman model amp
6L6 = Power tube, used in high-wattage Fender amps (Twin, Super, Showman…)
6V6 = Power tube, used in low-wattage Fender amps (Champ, Princeton…)

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29 Responses to “Acronym Decoder”
  1. Any chance of adding CV = Classic Vibe to the list?

  2. The Tank says:

    I notice that FSR is missing.

    FSR = Fender Special Run

  3. TDPRI TDPRI says:

    All good suggestions — they have been added.

  4. colchar colchar says:

    NAD – New Amp Day

    NPD – New Pedal Day

  5. peteycaster peteycaster says:

    How about CVC? Classic Vibe ????

  6. IMettaMan IMettaMan says:

    Bless you TDPRI. 8<)
    I wish every board or list I had ever been on provided this resource.


  7. I think we need to ammend one abrieviation. We all know RK means Ron Kirn. hehe

  8. Coach305 Coach305 says:

    JV = Jimmie Vaughan (a Stratocaster model)
    RWRP = Reverse-wound, reverse-polarity (a hum-canceling technique used on some types of pickups)

  9. How about adding 5AU4 and 5AU4G. I didn’t see em in there. Thanx ; )

  10. Jupiter Jupiter says:

    WRHB = Fender’s wide range humbucker

  11. ringodingo ringodingo says:

    SRV = Stephen Ray Vaughan
    EVH = Edward Lodewijk Van Halen
    EC = Eric Patrick Clapton
    BBK = Riley B. King

  12. jbrtwork says:

    Hey? Why isn’t TDPRI on that list?”

  13. davewrites davewrites says:

    Let’s not forget WTF, POS and NFG. They come in handy with user reviews.

    What the f*ck?
    Piece o’ sh!t
    No f*cking good!

  14. uprange uprange says:

    WRHB = Wide Range Humbucking pickup

  15. Velorex Velorex says:

    I know ashtray and string tree but forget the word for the gap left to the standard tele bridge


  16. Velorex Velorex says:

    I know ashtray and string tree but forgot the word for the gap left to the standard tele bridge


  17. Velorex Velorex says:

    Finally found in one post the word..
    it is : butt crack


  18. bparnell57 bparnell57 says:

    Two suggestions?

    CVC = Classic Vibe Custom
    ANOS = Almost New Old Stock – Typically used with vacuum tubes that are pulled from old equipment but still test as if almost new

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