Slacker Radio named their 44 Greatest Living Guitar Gods. Synyster Gates made the list at #34.
“#34 is Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold. Not only is Synyster a great guitar player, I think one of the coolest things he does for his fans, in addition to his straight ahead rocking and a little bit baroque guitar playing, he wears his influences on his sleeves and that’s the great thing about him. Because, Avenged Sevenfold is such an important band for young people, the next generation of musicians. Their first favorite band will be Avenged Sevenfold and through Synyster Gates they will discover the whole pantheon of guitar gods, both living and dead. So not only does that guy write a bunch of great music and is in a very cool band, he makes it easy to get into the world of guitar and once people get dragged in there’s no getting out. So for his triple roles as gateway, gate keeper and guitar shredder for the next generation, Synyster Gates is guitar god number 34.”