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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.


Noodles doesn’t use a ton of effects, but here’s how his signal chain flows from start to finish: His guitar plugs into a wireless transmitter feeding Shure UR40 and UR4S wireless receivers. From there, the signal goes to an Ebtech Hum Eliminator, a four-channel Whirlwind Multi-Selector modified with an internal Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor circuit, a Dunlop 95Q Cry Baby wah, and then into one of the Axe-Fx II units, which directs the signal to the monitors, front of house, and onstage cabs. Noodles uses effects like reverb, phasing, and flanging sparingly, and they are generated by the Axe-Fx and controlled in real time with his Custom Audio Electronics RS-10 foot controller.

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.