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“I always thought it meant ‘country guitar player,’ so when Brian signed it in ’92 I had him add ‘RGP’ after his name.
He asked why and I said “because you’re a rockabilly guitar player.” It wasn’t until many years later that I learned ‘CGP’ meant ‘certified guitar player,’ so ‘RGP’ always makes me smile when people ask about it.” Plenty of marquee guitarists have used the Chet Atkins-endorsed Gretsch 6120, including Eddie Cochran, Duane Eddy, and Jim “Reverend Horton Heat” Heath—in fact, all the aforementioned players eventually had signature models built off the 6120 platform.
His goal was to manufacture percussion instruments such as drums, banjos and tambourines.
According to Fred Gretsch, the current owner; Gretsch starting hand building guitars in 1890.