TB Slang FAQ lists the following:
+1 (or any number): Agreed. More numbers= you HIGHLY agree.
A/B: When you compare two instruments by playing them one after another.
ABG: Acoustic Bass Guitar
AFAICS As Far As I Can See AFAIK
: As Far As I Know
Bump or Bumping: Said when you post in your own thread to move to the top of the list.
Blocks: Fretboard Markings
CAR: Candy Apple Red
CIJ: "Crafted In Japan"
Closet Classic: Bass: Has some signs of aging, cracked finish etc etc.
DB: Double Bass
DC: Double Cut Body Style.
DI: Direct Inject (Often referred to as a DI Box, or Direct Box)
Dots: Fretboard Marking
Feeler Used mainly on the "for sale" forums. Meaning "I'll sell if I get what I believe is top dollar."
Fingerboard: Board WITHOUT Frets (Fretless)
FOH: Front Of House
EQ: Equalizing, or adjusting the Highs, Mids, Lows to shape the sound of your bass.
ERB: Extended Range Bass
Fretboard: Board With Frets (Fretted)
FSR: Factory Special Run
EURB or EUB: Electric Upright Bass
FUQUA'd: Having Ed Fuqua bastardize your TB handle.
FWIW: For What It's Worth.
GAS: Gear Acquisition Syndrome.
GC: Guitar Center. A chain of music stores.
GL: Can Refer to "Geddy Lee" (ie. The model) or G&L basses.
GTG: Get Together.
HH: Double Humbucker Pickup Combo
HTH: Hope That Helps.
Hz: A Measurement Of Cycles Per Second
IIRC: If I Remember Correctly
IMHO: In My Humble Opinion
IMO: In My Opinion
IBTL: In Before The Lock
J-Bass: Jazz Bass
J/H: Jazz/Humbucker Pickup Combo
JM(H)O: Just My (Humble) Opinion
LP or LPB: Les Paul or Les Paul Bass (Referring to the body style) or even Lake Placid Blue (A colour)
MIA: Often referred to as "Made In America". Also "Missing In Action" for all the army buffs.
Mids: Generally between ____ Hz and ____ Hz.
MIJ: "Made In Japan"
MIK: "Made In Korea"
MIM: "Made In Mexico"
MM or EBMM: Music Man or Ernie Ball Music Man. MM can also refer to the Marcus Miller signature bass
Mod: Moderator. They can shut you up.
Mojo: Extensive wear on a bass due to years of playing. Such basses seem to have a deep history or charisma.
Noob/Newbie/Newb: New Member
NOS: New Old Stock. Always a Reissue Bass. It's like it's NEVER been played and never aged.
OP: Original Poster
OT: Off Topic
OTOH: On The Other Hand
P-Bass: Precision Bass
P/H: Precision/Humbucker Pickup Combo
P/J: Precision/Jazz Pickup Combo
P/U or Pups: Pickups
Paul: Forum administrator. Contact with any issues the mods can't handle, or to file complaints.
PBDDI: Tech 21 Programmable Bass Driver DI
PDDI: Tech 21 Para Driver DI
PM: Private Message
POS: Piece of ****. Not a good piece of equipment.
RB5: Roscoe Beck 5-string
Relic: Bass: Nicks, Scratches, and Dings galore. Super Worn in. It's like you've been playing this bass, every for 30 years.
Ric: Rickenbacker Basses
SABDDI: Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI
SC: Single Cut Body Style.
SM58: An Industry Standard Microphone
SX Basses: Essex Basses
Scale Length: The length from the nut of the bass, so the bridge of the bass.
SR5: Ernie Ball Stingray 5-string
Supporting Member Pay $20.00 to support TalkBass, and become a supporting member. Pay $60.00 and become a GOLD supporting member.
The Qintar: An old poster on Talkbass.
Tort: Tortoise Shell (pickguard)
TTIUWOP or TTIUWP: This Thread Is Useless Without Pics
URB or UB: Upright Bass
VTC: Vintage Tone Control
YMMV: Your Mileage May Vary
Other ones I've seen:
[OT] A polite way to mark up a comment to indicate that you know you're making an Off Topic post in a thread so you don't get flamed. [/OT]
Atoz: Icon designed from TBr Atoz' photo: atoz: Atoz Icon Vote Could Atoz be the New Mosh Girl?
Backline: What amps are being used for a gig. Used a lot in rental situations..."Backline provided".
Ban- Banned (Temp/Permanent): for TBer's who are unable to control what comes out of their keyboard on to their screen and into their TB posts AND who are unable to change despite warnings from TB mods.
BFM: Bill Fitzmaurice - audio guru
BOH: Back of House (to go along with FOH] Back line, monitors, etc...anything heard on stage.
Carrots: in a thread poll, a choice provided by the pollster for TBers who want to vote but don't care about the poll question.
Fassa: Legendary newbie TBr.
fdeck: TBr/Designer of a popular adjustable high-pass-filter used to cut out undesirable low freq. noise below specific frequencies.
Fridge: Ampeg 8x10 cab
Git Player: Guitar Player
Guitard: Derogatory term for guitar players. Usage frowned upon on TB.
High Pass Filter (Rumble Filter/Subsonic Filter): effect built to eliminate low freqs. below a specific freq. or freqs.
J/P/J: Bass built with pickups in the format of: Jazz pickup, Precision Pickup, Jazz Pickup
LGS: Lead Guitarist's Disease
LSD: Lead Singer's Disease
My Inspired Pose: Photochop thread based on TBr Oniman's: My inspired pose
Mosh Girl: Photochop thread based a girl dancing in mosh pit. Mosh Girl Photoshop Thread
NIMBY: Not in my backyard.
NOS: applies to any object that was originally made years ago and is still in new condition for sale.
Mid-Forward: Bass cab that emphasizes mid-range.
QFT: Quoted for Truth
Photochop: modifying a photo, usually in a humorous way. Modified version of Photoshop.
Pillow: Bass tone that emphasizes the lower frequencies but is not distorted but more smooth/rounded tone.
Rage Quit: Posting a tantrum thread and then quitting TB. Possibly deleting one's account in the process.
Ramp: Small piece of rectangular wood placed to fill space between pickups and used for resting thumb/fingers.
Rumble Filter: See High Pass Filter
Search is your friend: A polite way to inform a thread creator to use the Search function.
Sigged: Putting another TBr' phrase into your TB signature.
Single Cut: Bass with only one cut away.
SDMH: Shaking My D*** Head
Slab: Bass w/o comfort shaping, like the original Fender Precision Basses.
Slab/Plank: DBer's derisive term for bass guitar
Sticky: Thread that rises to such popularity or contains highly useful information that it's placed permanently at the top of the forum it originated in for TBr's easy access.
Subsonic Filter: See High Pass Filter.
The Best Bass For Metal: Humorous reply to a thread/post that asks about "The best", "The most" or any other overused superlative.
TL;DR: Too long, Don't Read. Summary of long post.
Tug Bar: Small piece of rectangular wood/plastic placed on top or bottom side of bass to rest thumb/fingers.
WinISD: Speaker cabinet design program.
WTL;DR: Way too long, Didn't read.
$$: Warwick Double Humbucker
AUB: Acoustic Upright Bass
AYFKM: Just what you'd think(not specific to TB).
Bacon: You know... bacon.
BardsTale: Ok I made this up, I loved the old game and I love Bard2theBones stories
Bassface : A particularly ugly/funny/odd facial expression associated with a person "feelin' it" while playing.
Bic = Alembic
BSO: Bass-Shaped Object, a poorly-made 'bass-shaped object'. Heard more in DB(double bass)forums
Coffee Table: Instrument with highly figured top
FCOL: for cryin' out loud
Fenderbird: A bass made from parts of a Gibson(or copy)Thunderbird & a Fender(usually). Typically a T-Bird body, Fender neck and any kind of electronics. The late John Entwistle had several made
Flame: A wood pattern, usually associated with a top.
Flame: To unleash copious amounts of vitriol on a person.
Frankenstein: A bass made of various, sometimes rarely-used-together parts
Fugly: Beyond ugly ... ******* + Ugly
GAT: Get a teacher
Get the hell off my lawn: Uused by old guys when noobs et.al. make us cranky.
GK - Gallien Krueger
Hannie = Hanewinckle
Hoffy - Hofner
Ibbie, Ibby: Ibanez
IMHO: In My Humble Opinion or In My Honest Opinion
Lownered: To start a thread or post once ( usually a trollish post ) and leave a thread forever.
Macca: Paul McCartney
MHDW: Maki has done worse
Mod: Modify as in “Mod a bass”.
Mothman: bass of legend, forged in the depths of hell
NBD: New Bass Day
NBD: No big deal
NOOB: Can mean *new to whatever subject is being discussed* not just *new to TB*
NOS: Is not always an RI(Re Issue).
Slab: Rosewood fingerboard with a flat bottom on a neck with comparable mating surface.
Stammie: Stambaugh bass
TBBFM: The Best Bass For Metal
Troll: A person who posts for the sole purpose of stirring the pot.
TTT: “To The Top” acronym for Bump
Wish: B ass-shaped object made by Steve Wishnevsky- rumored to be capable of making bass like sounds
Wunkay: G&L L-100 bass
WWMD: What Would Maki Do.