The Gretsch Pages Dictionary
Reading the Gretsch Pages doesn't take a secret decoder ring, but sometimes it can feel like it does. Some acronyms and terms you'll find around here are Gretsch-specific, others relate to technology. Either way, here's your secret decoder ring...
Acronyms that reference the site itself:
- GP - The Gretsch Pages
- GDP - Gretsch Discussion Pages. The term Gretsch Discussion Pages isn't actually used on the site anymore, but it was for a long time, and old habits die hard
- GPR - Gretsch Pages Radio - The best place to share and hear songs by the Gretsch Pages community.
Acronyms that refer to Gretsch models or features:
Gretsch pickups are often referred to by acronyms or abbreviations: Filters or FT sub for FilterTron HiLos or HT for HiloTron * Dynas or DS for DynaSonics.
The guitars are often refererred to by their model number, which is a subject for a lengthy dissertation in itself. Luckily for us, Proteus has already created that lengthy dissertation. Briefly, they usually (but not always) break down like this: CS - Custom Shop DS - DynaSonic FT - FilterTron HT - HiloTron L - Lacquer MY - Malcolm Young SS - Setzer Special T - Tremolo TV - TV Jones V - Vintage * W - Western
So, a 6120DSW would be a 6120, DynaSonic-equipped, in Western trim.
Bigsby's are also frequently referred to by their model number. See The Gretsch Guitars tailipieces section for details on those.