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:
Tommy Emmanuel | www.tommyemmanuel.com
John Knowles | www.johnknowles.com
Jerry Reed | wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Reed
Steve Wariner | www.stevewariner.com
Paul Yandell | www.studio9kc.co.uk/paul
Note: “C.G.P.” is also an album by Chet Atkins from 1988.