The rocker launched an emotional appeal for the instrument's return after it was lost while being shipped between New York and Los Angeles last month (Jan16), and his bandmates offered a $5,000 (£3,500) reward for its safe recovery, after an initial appeal aimed at finding it was unsuccessful.

On Monday (22Feb16), Nick's wife Amanda de Cadenet posted a picture of Nick reunited with his Epiphone guitar on Instagram.com, and thanked fans for their attempts to track it down.

she also revealed that, sadly, the guitar had been badly damaged.

"Mr V got his beloved guitar back," she wrote. "Sadly it is severely water damaged, and covered in rust , with no strings. Just maybe it can survive after some TLC. Nick wanted to thank each and every one of you who helped hunt for his guitar. #StrokesFans really are the best!!"

it is not known if anyone had claimed the reward for finding the instrument.