Kevin Wasserman

Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman

Kevin Wasserman (born February 4, 1963), better known under his pseudonym of Noodles, is the lead guitarist and backup vocalist for The Offspring.

Wasserman was born in Los Angeles, California. During the band's early days he worked as an elementary school janitor. Noodles claims to like the "finer things in life", including poetry by the frontman of the band, Dexter Holland. His favorite poem (song) by Dexter is "Cool To Hate". He occasionally goes snowmobiling and snowboarding in the mountains.

Equipment

Guitars Noodles generally plays Ibanez guitars, having two signature models, one with a duct tape finish (type NDM1) and another with The Offspring's logo with glasses (type NDM2), and prefers DiMarzio Tone Zone pickups.

In the early days of the Offspring, Noodles played a wider range of guitars, including Fender Telecasters, Ibanez Talman's and Gibson Les Pauls. He also owns a lot of other guitar models like Paul Reed Smith guitars, Fender Stratocaster and other Fender models, Jackson guitars and Gibson guitars. In an interview on The Offspring's Greatest Hits DVD, Noodles claimed that he gave his Stratocaster to one of the characters that appeared on the video for "Self Esteem" (from their 1994 classic album, Smash).

Amplifiers Noodles used Mesa/Boogie Mark IV amplifiers with 4x12 cabinets for most records. Since the album Splinter mixed with VHT Classic Lead amplifiers.

''"GC (Guitar Center Interviewer): What do you think of the amp rig you have now? What do you use and why?

Noodles:

"About a year ago, Dexter and I were turned on to VHT amplifiers by our tech, Steve Masi. VHTs are made by a guy named Steve Friette, who used to play guitar in The Dickies. His amps are awesome and add so much to our sound, but we found that we missed a lot of what our Mesa Boogie Mark IVs had to offer, so we run both amps in unison. The sounds we are getting now are huge and still well defined.

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