Noodles (musician)

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Noodles
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Noodles performing live with The Offspring at the Mucuripe Club in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil with his signature Ibanez guitar, the NDM2, on November 15, 2008
Background information
Birth name Kevin John Wasserman
Born (1963-02-04) February 4, 1963 (age 51)[1]
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.[1]
Genres Punk rock
Skate punk
Alternative rock
Instruments Guitar, bass, backing vocals
Years active 1982–present
Labels Nitro Records
Epitaph Records
Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Columbia Records
Black Label Records
Associated acts The Squids, Clowns of Death, Manic Subsidal, The Offspring[2]
Website www.offspring.com
Notable instruments
Custom Ibanez Talmans, NDM1s and NDM2s
Fender Stratocaster

Kevin John Wasserman (born February 4, 1963[1]), best known by his stage name Noodles, is the lead guitarist and backing vocalist for The Offspring.[2] The nickname "Noodles" is the result of his frequent noodling on the guitar.

Biography[edit]

Kevin John "Noodles" Wasserman was born in Los Angeles, California. Before joining The Offspring, Noodles played in a local band called Clowns of Death. He was allegedly in The Offspring because he was the only person old enough to provide alcohol for the rest of the members.[3] At one of the band's earlier shows, he was stabbed in the shoulder by a skinhead. Another skinhead later threw a molotov cocktail at his head, resulting in Noodles' hair catching fire.[4]

During the band's early days, Noodles worked as a janitor at Earl Warren Elementary School in Garden Grove. Before Smash was released, he had been planning to quit before the end of the school year, but the surprising success of "Come Out and Play" forced him to reconsider.[5][6]

On their DVD release Huck It (2000), as part of a mock interview, Noodles claims to like the "finer things in life", such as red wine, classical music, cigarettes, and poetry. He occasionally goes snowmobiling and snowboarding in the mountains. Noodles is also allegedly color blind[citation needed].

Equipment[edit]

Guitars[edit]

Noodles generally plays Ibanez guitars, and he has three signature models, each of which is a Talman. One is the NDM1 (NDM1 means that it is the first model in the 'Noodles Model series', which is named after him), which has a duct tape finish.[7] Another is the NDM2, which has The Offspring's logo with glasses. His latest signature guitar, the NDM3, has P90 pickups. He prefers DiMarzio Tone Zone pickups.[8]

In the early days of The Offspring, he played a wider range of guitars, including Fender Telecasters, Ibanez Talmans and Gibson Les Pauls. He also owns other guitar models, such as Paul Reed Smith guitars, a Fender Stratocaster and other Fender models, Jackson guitars, and Gibson guitars. In an interview on The Offspring's Complete Music Video Collection, Noodles claimed that he gave his Stratocaster to one of the actors that appeared on the video for "Self Esteem" (which was a single from their 1994 album Smash).

Amplifiers[edit]

Noodles used Mesa/Boogie Mark IV amplifiers with 4x12 cabinets for most records. Since Splinter, these were mixed with VHT Classic Lead amplifiers.[9]

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