The Strokes are enlisting their fans to help them search for guitarist Nick Valensi‘s “beloved” orange Epiphone Riviera guitar. According to the band, the guitar went missing after it was shipped from New York City to Los Angeles. In an official statement at their website, the band wrote, “We ask that you join us in keeping an eye out for it. It goes without saying how bummed he is that it’s gone missing.”
The group also posted some of the 1995 instrument’s distinguishing features, writing, “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.” The guitar’s case features metal edges and butterfly latches, has a crack on the bottom and is covered with fragile stickers.
The band is asking fans to keep an eye on pawn shops and eBay in case the guitar surfaces and to contact them if anyone spots the instrument, adding, “We deeply appreciate the extra eyes and ears.” They’re offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to its return.
The Strokes are reportedly in the midst of recording their sixth album, with photos surfacing online last month of the band at a studio in Monterrey, Mexico, where they were headlining theLive Out Festival.
The new disc will follow up 2013’s Comedown Machine, which the band did not tour behind although they did play several festivals last year.
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Source: Pulse of Radio