So uncommon is the phenomenon, you can’t help but be taken aback at the sight of a guitarist playing his instrument in left-hand fashion. Fact is, however, southpaw six-stringers occupy several high spots on the list of all-time guitar greats. The 5 below, listed in no particular order, rank among the best.

1. Tony Iommi

Quite rightly, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford once introduced Tony Iommi as the man who invented the heavy metal riff. With his ever present SG, the Black Sabbath maestro established the gloomy, minor key patterns and foreboding blues-based solos that continue to define the darker side of the genre. Few guitarists have uncovered more permutations within a singular, self-imposed approach.

2. Kurt Cobain

Sometimes lost in the near-universal praise for Kurt Cobain’s songwriting is the fact that the Nirvana leader was also a superb guitarist. Enchanted with both pop music and punk rock, Cobain used his instrument to express his love for both those genres. His playing during Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged appearance, in particular, showed the finesse that lay just beneath his stormy exterior.

3. Tim Armstrong

Few hardcore punk guitarists have assimilated as many different styles as Rancid’s Tim Armstrong. Taking the Ramones as his starting point, the versatile musician has incorporated ska, New Orleans music, and even hip-hop rhythms into his various side projects. Like one of his favorite bands, the Clash, Armstrong continually seeks to add texture and color to his punk-centric base.

4. Zacky Vengeance

Zachary James Baker born December 11, 1981, (age 31 years), better known by the name of Zacky Vengeance is the guitarist and backing vocalist of the band Avenged Sevenfold. He also came up with Johnny’s stage name “Johnny Christ,” saying it suited him. He was also responsible for the creation of the Avenged Sevenfold’s initialism “A7X”

5. Cameron Liddell

Cameron Liddell plays rhythm guitar for the modern metalcore band Asking Alexandria. Being from Britain, Liddell is inspired by bands such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, but especially 80’s Hair Metal Bands. Asking Alexandria’s sound can be credited much to his tight Rhythm Guitar playing.