Noodles (musician)

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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. His t-shirt is of Happy Noodle Boy.
Background information
Birth name Kevin John Wasserman
Born (1963-02-04) February 4, 1963 (age 54)[1]
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.[1]
Genres Punk rock
Skate punk
Alternative rock
Occupation(s) Guitarist, musician
Instruments Guitar, bass backing vocals
Years active 1981–present
Labels Nitro Records
Epitaph Records
Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Columbia Records
Black Label Records
Associated acts Clowns of Death, Manic Subsidal, The Offspring[2]
Notable instruments
Custom Ibanez Talmans, NDM1s, NDM2s, NDM3s and NDM4s
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]


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.[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.



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 third signature guitar, the NDM3, has P90 pickups. His latest signature guitar is the NDM4. It also has P90 pickups and has a sunburst effect on it. 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 said that he gave his Stratocaster to one of the actors that appeared on the video for their 1994 single "Self Esteem".


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


  1. ^ a b c "Biography for Noodles". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Noodles". Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "History". Retrieved 17 October 2009. 
  4. ^ SPIN. SPIN Media LLC. p. 92. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Offspring Star's Humble Roots". Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  6. ^ The Offspring Biography
  7. ^ "10 Unlikely Signature Guitars". MusicRadar. US: Future Publishing Limited. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Interviews - Guitar Center". Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  9. ^ Interview with Noodles Interview by Guitar Center

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