Brian Elwin Haner, Jr. (July 7, 1981), better known by his stage name Synyster Gates or simply Syn or "Gates", is an American musician. He is the lead guitarist for the American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold. Guitar World magazine has ranked him one of the fastest guitar players of all-time. His father is Brian Haner.
· Birth Name : Brian Elwin Haner Jr. Also know as Synyster GatesBorn : July 7, 1981 (aged 28)
· Origin : Huntington Beach, California, United States
· Genres : Heavy metal, Hard rock, Metalcore, Avant-garde metal
· Occupations : Musician, Songwriter, Guitarist, Vocalist
· Instrumens : Guitar, Piano, Vocal
· Years Active : 1999-present
· Labels : Good Life Recordings, Hopeless, Warner Bros, Bucktan
· Associated : Avenged Sevenfold, Pinkly Smooth
· Notable instrument : Schecter Synyster Custom
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He graduated from the Musicians Institute in
Brian joined Avenged Sevenfold when he was 18 at the end of 1999, right before the recording of the band's first album, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet. He was featured on their EP, "Warmness on the Soul", and on the reissue of their first album.
In the Avenged Sevenfold DVD All Excess, to emphasize the seemingly random placing of names, Brian stated that his name was thought of on a drunken drive through the park with The Rev. Also, his band members claim that they originally thought that he was too good to play for the band. He corrects them by saying he said no such thing.
He has won numerous awards, including the "Young Shredder" award of the year in the Metal Hammer awards in 2006 and the "Guitarist of the Year" Award for Total Guitar Magazine in 2006.
Amplifiers & Effects Unit
- Krank Distortus Maximus
- Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive
- Boss CS-3 Compresser Sustainer
- Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb
- Frantone "The Sweet" Distortion
- Digitech Whammy Pedal
- Dunlop Crybaby from Hell
- Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Fuzz Pedal
- Sustainiac Stealth Pro Sustainer
- Visual Sound H20 Chorus & Echo
- Ernie Ball Wah Pedal
- Bogner Uberschall
Boogie Rectifier Mesa
- Marshall JCM 800
Boogie 4x12 Cabinets Mesa 4x12 Cabinets Marshall