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Rig Rundown: The Offspring’s Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman

The punk-rock vet likes it both simple and high-tech, with signature Ibanez axes and an Axe-Fx combining to create a consistently brutal sonic punch.

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Wasserman has been playing Ibanez guitars since the 1990s, and in 2003 the company released Wasserman’s first signature model, the NDM1—which is perhaps most notable for being wrapped in duct tape. The NDM1 that Noodles uses on the road these days features a DiMarzio Tone Zone bridge pickup, a DiMarzio PAF Pro neck pickup, and an Ibanez Evolution single-coil in the middle position.

Just minutes before doors opened for the Offspring’s sold-out show at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman took a break from the pre-show madness to give Premier Guitar’s Perry Bean the details on his surprisingly high-tech touring gear.

Thanks to Noodles’ tech, Tim Kennedy, for his help with rig and setting specifics.

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On her new record with her trio, Molly Miller executes a live-feeling work of structural harmony that mirrors her busy life.

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The accomplished guitarist and teacher’s new record, like her lifestyle, is taut and exciting—no more, and certainly no less, than is needed.

Molly Miller, a self-described “high-energy person,” is fully charged by the crack of dawn. When Ischeduled our interview, she opted for the very first slot available—8:30 a.m.—just before her 10 a.m. tennis match!

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RAB Audio's new ProRak SRS Guitar Studio Racking System offers customizable configurations for organizing guitar gear in the studio.

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King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard started out as a “joke” band. As guitarist/songwriter Joey Walker says with a grin, “Now the joke’s on us.”

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With their 26th release, Flight b741, the prog-rockers make it hard but highly rewarding for fans to keep up. Behind that drive lies a wealth of joy, camaraderie, and unwavering commitment to their art.

There’s a dangerous, pernicious myth, seemingly spread in perpetuity among fledgling artists and music fans alike, that when you’re a musician, inspiration—and therefore productivity—comes naturally. Making art is the opposite of work, and, conversely, we know what happens to Jack when there’s all work and no play. But what happens when the dimensions of work and play fuse together like time and space? What happens to Jack then? Well, behind such an instance of metaphysical reaction, undoubtedly, would be King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard.

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Andy Timmons records rare Lennon/McCartney song "I'm In Love" at Abbey Road's Studio Two.

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