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The Strokes' Nick Valensi Guitar Missing in Transit: Fans Asked to Help Look for Epiphone

by Carolyn Menyes   Jan 5, 2016 14:06 PM EST

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It's hard to be a guitarist without a guitar, and that's why The Strokes are asking fans to help track down Nick Valensi's instrument. On Monday night (Jan. 5), the "Is This It?" rockers made a call out on its official website and Instagram after Valensi's Epiphone guitar was lost in transit from New York to Los Angeles.

According to the band, Valensi's guitar was en route from NYC to L.A. but never made the full trip. Asking for "extra eyes and ears," The Strokes asked fans to look out on Ebay and pawn shops for the natural (orange-ish) Epiphone guitar.

The band also detailed what makes the guitar unique, including mother-of-pearl inlays on the neck and a removed pick guard. The post also noted that the black Calzone case that held the guitar was also missing and featured a crack in it fixed with gaffer tape. The Strokes also emphasized that Valensi is "bummed" that the guitar has gone missing.

 Hello Friends, In a bit of unfortunate news, we’ve recently learned that Nick’s beloved Epiphone guitar has gone missing while being shipped from NYC to LA. A description of the guitar and its case is below and 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. If you have any info at all about the guitar - perhaps see it in a pawn shop or on eBay - please send an email to info@wizkidmanagement.com. Color: 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. Case: 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. We deeply appreciate the extra eyes and ears, - The Strokes

A photo posted by The Strokes (@thestrokes) on Jan 4, 2016 at 5:07pm PST

Valensi may be in need of the guitar soon, too. The Strokes are currently in the studio working on their sixth studio album. The band was last spotted recording in Mexico while taking some time out before their set at the Live Out Monterrey Festival.

The Strokes' last album, Comedown Machine, was released in 2013.

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