The Offspring's Noodles on why he picks Ibanez Talmans over Les Pauls – and that time he played James Hetfield's Explorer

Kevin 'Noodles' Wasserman of The Offspring performs during day 1 of the Hellfest Open Air Festival 2022 on June 18, 2022 in Clisson, France.
(Image credit: Aldara Zarraoa/Redferns)

As one of the preeminent punk-rock bands of the last 35 years, SoCal staples The Offspring spearheaded the late-'90s pop-punk movement through big choruses, catchy solos, and chugging riffs.

Many bands of their ilk could be said to follow something of a stock template, but not the Offspring. Sure, they were as hooky as their contemporaries. But heaping doses of heavy riffage made The Offspring outliers as they unleashed iconic records such as Smash (1994), Ixnay on the Hombre (1997), and Americana (1998).

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.