Brian Elwin Haner Jr. (7-7-1981-present) better known as Synyster Gates, or simply Syn, is the lead guitarist and background vocalist of Avenged Sevenfold. His father, Brian Elwin Haner Sr. is a musician and comedian and is sometimes referred to as 'Papa Gates'. Syn is the one of the first and current active of 2 guitarists in A7X, with Zacky Vengeance being the other.