The Strokes increase reward in search for Nick Valensi’s missing guitar

Epiphone guitar went missing while being transported between New York and Los Angeles

The Strokes have increased the reward in their attempt to track down a guitar lost by band member Nick Valensi.

Valensi’s Epiphone guitar (seen above) went missing while being shipped between New York and Los Angeles earlier this month. The band recently issued a statement on their official website urging anyone with any information to come forward and help locate the instrument.

The band said how “bummed” Valensi is at losing the instrument and asked anyone with details to send an email to

Now, the band have increased the reward from $1,000 (£700) to $5,000 (£3,500) after the initial appeal proved unfruitful.

A tweet from the band reads: “Unfortunately, we still haven’t found Nick’s missing guitar..we’ve updated the amount on the reward we are offering”.


A description of the guitar and its case is below.

Colour: Natural (Orange-ish hue)
Brand: Epiphone
Model: 1995 Riviera
Serial Number: R95E5702
What makes it unique: The pic guard has been removed. The headstock plate has an “E” Epiphone logo on it. Trapezoidal “mother-of-pearl” inlays on the neck. It’s been modified with P-94 pick ups and trapeze tailpiece.

Black Calzone Flight case with metal edges and butterfly latches. There’s a crack in the bottom of the case with gaffer tape covering it up. Covered in fragile stickers and other markings from traveling.

Late last year it was revealed that The Strokes were back in the studio working on new music.

The band released their last album ‘Comedown Machine’ in 2013, with frontman Julian Casablancas confirming the news and pictures from a studio in Mexico also emerging.

The Strokes recently confirmed their first live date of 2016. The band will headline New York’s Governor’s Ball alongside Kanye West, The Killers and Beck in June.