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Digital Subscriptions > Guitar Magazine > Feb 2016 > HAPPY ANNIVERSARY


Lars Mullen meets Gary Davies, a man so enchanted by Fender’s Anniversary guitars that he resolved to write a book about them…


Gary playing an Aqua Marine Metallic American Standard Telecaster

Ever felt confused by the wealth of cool Fender Anniversary models? Gary Davies was, so he decided to write a book on the subject.

“I decided to write a book to clarify the frequent confusion over the identification of Fender’s Anniversary model Strats,” says Gary, “and, to date, I’ve sourced information on around 70 genuine USA-built Anniversary Stratocasters.”

Gary with part of his enviable collection of Fender Strats and Teles

Since Davies began working on the book, he’s interviewed some major names, past and present, at Fender, along with guitarists and collectors.

“But it’s not healthy for my wallet,” he laughs. “On a few occasions whilst interviewing other collectors, I’ve persuaded the owner of the guitar we are talking about to sell it to me. The quality of these celebratory models is stunning, so I’ve had to have one or two, as they’re available only in limited numbers.

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The February issue of Guitar & Bass magazine is available in print and digital forms from Friday 8 January. Join us as we take a trip to Guitar Town, tracing the history of the Nashville music scene and profiling a who’s who of the city’s galaxy of guitar stars. We go guitar shopping in Tennessee's neon-lit state capital and talk to two of the world’s leading fretted instrument experts, George Gruhn and Walter Carter, about the state of the vintage market today and we also stop by at the Gibson Custom Shop to see the company’s True Historic Les Pauls roll off the production line and find out what makes them the company’s best guitars since its golden era. Elsewhere in the mag, our DIY Workshop shows you how to ID a genuine 1950s Stratocaster, we talk guitar with Aerosmith legend Brad Whitford and we review a stack of great new gear from PRS, Dr Z, Orange, TC Electronic, Louis Electric, Fulltone, Hartke, Smorg Pedalboards, Pigtronix and more. If that’s not enough for you, how about the chance to win one of three PRS guitars for a year and become a roving reporter for G&B in the process? Buy the February issue of Guitar & Bass magazine in print and digital forms from Friday 8 January.