Dom Nozzi’s Best-Ever Guitar Players

by Dom Nozzi

The guitar players found on this list are the best-ever guitar players that I have ever had the pleasure to hear or see perform. The list contains only rock guitar players, as (classic) rock is my preferred musical genre.

Criteria for this ranking:

• Technically skilled

• Flamboyant showman

• Widely acclaimed

• Was a pioneer in the sense that his style was later adopted by many others

• Has performed a relatively large number of songs that I enjoy

Dom’s Ranking of the top guitarists of all time:

  • Eric Clapton
  • Eddie Van Halen
  • Jimmy Page
  • Jeff Beck
  • Keith Richards
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Chuck Berry
  • Pete Townsend
  • Stevie Ray Vauhan
  • Carlos Santana
  • Angus Young
  • Brian May
  • Billy Gibbons
  • Randy Rhoads
  • The Edge
  • Ritchie Blackmore
  • Joe Perry


I urge you to email me ( or leave a comment if you have a suggested addition or subtraction from this list. Or if you have any other thoughts about this list.


Each list in this blog contains my own personal opinions based on my personal experiences. I acknowledge that there may be a need to add or subtract from these lists (or to create a new subject list), and I welcome such suggestions. The lists are not ordered from higher to lower quality. Each list is a work in progress.

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