What does CGP stand for Steve Wariner

What does CGP stand for in guitar?

C.G.P. stands for Certified Guitar Player.  This is a designation that Chet Atkins assigned to guitar players who excelled far beyond the normal line of playing.  He handed this title out only to four guitar players in his lifetime.  After his death, his daughter (on behalf of his estate) conferred it on last recipient – Paul Yandell, Chet’s longtime band leader and co-guitarist.

Tommy Emmanuel gives some background in this interview.  He says that Chet felt that universities gave out degrees for four years of work, but where was the award for a life time of contributing to the guitar world.  Tommy mentions that a group went to the governors of all the states in the U.S. and got this designation made official.

There are five guitar players designated “c.g.p.”, certified guitar players:


What does CGP Stand for Tommy Emmanuel









Tommy Emmanuel  |  www.tommyemmanuel.com


What does CGP stand for John Knowles










John Knowles  |   www.johnknowles.com

What does CGP stand for Jerry Reed










Jerry Reed  |   wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Reed


What does CGP stand for Steve Wariner








Steve Wariner  |   www.stevewariner.com


What does CGP stand for Paul Yandell










Paul Yandell  |  www.studio9kc.co.uk/paul


Note: “C.G.P.” is also an album by Chet Atkins from 1988.








  • Levi Clay

    He also gave it to Marcel Dadi and Muriel Anderson – that’s often forgotten though!


  • David Foster

    The last shall be first. Actually, the first recipient of the CGP by Chet Atkins, and quite possibly the man whose playing suggested the idea of a “CGP” to Chet in the first place, was Chet’s friend, contemporary, and fellow Gretsch National Company Artist, Dean Turner of Fort Worth, Texas. Dean’s recording work, much like Chet’s, is self-produced, and among Dean Turner’s cassette tapes, CD’s, and VHS video instructional tapes, is truly some of the greatest finger-style guitar work ever recorded. And yes, Chet certainly gave the honor to Marcel Dadi and Muriel Anderson, also.