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Sketchy Setups on sale for Black Friday

Sketchy Setups on sale for Black Friday

All this talk of Black Friday sales has prompted me to do something too. 

So, all Sketchy Setups guides (including the already discounted bundle) are 20% off for Black Friday. Just use code   crazyblackfriday  at checkout

Don't dilly-dally. That code is crazyblackfriday

Buy Now or read more. 

Sketchy Setups Launch - The Day After

Wow. 

Sketchy Setups launch day is over and all I can say is, "Wow."

It was quite a day but everything went great.

Thank you all very much and, of course, if you were good enough to buy Sketchy Setups, thank you very, very much. 

I'm hugely proud and happy with how things went on launch day. It was a bit of a whirlwind of answering email questions, hustling out updates on social medial, updating feeds, and dealing with — only occasional — problems (not like last time I did a launch and PayPal's API processing went down for four hours — stressful). 

All of the guides are doing brilliantly but I thought I'd share a couple of interesting early statistics:

  • The Sketchy Setups Bundle (all four guides) has been the most popular seller so far — it's sold over 50% more than the next most popular. I think it's a great deal and it looks like people agree. 
  • And, after the bundle, the winner in the Sketchy Setups single-sales category is Sketchy Setups #4: The Fender Precision and Jazz Bass. I'm not really surprised by this one as bassists tend to get forgotten about when it comes to setup instruction. I felt very strongly about including a bass guide in this series and I'm really glad to see it's proving popular. 

Again, thank you, thank you, thank you. You guys rock. 

If you haven't already bought but would like to, you can learn more and buy a copy (or four) at the Sketchy Setups page. 

If you aren't currently in a position to buy, but would like to help out, it would be really, really helpful if you could share on Facebook or Twitter or wherever you like to hang out. 

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Cool guitar and bass setup guides for specific instruments. No filler—just the stuff for your guitar. http://hazeguitars.com/sketchysetups

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Finally, a setup guide just for my bass. Sketchy Setups for Fender P and J-Basses.  http://hazeguitars.com/sketchysetups

Or just give sketchysetups.com a shout out. Thank you.

 

 

Sketchy Setups available now

Sketchy Setups Launches

I'm massively proud and excited to announce the new series of Sketchy Setups guides is now available. This series contains four guides, each focussed on a particular instrument type. 

  • #1: The Fender Stratocaster
  • #2: The Fender Telecaster
  • #3: The Gibson Les Paul, SG, 335, etc.
  • #4: The Fender Precision and Jazz Bass

Imagine your best friend was a setup guru…

And wrote a book just for you…

Sketchy Setups are friendly and straightforward guides to getting your guitar or bass playing its best. No need to wade through massive books, trying to find the relevant parts for your guitar. No trying to make sense of the manufacturer's vague instructions. No searching for the pearls among millions of forum posts.

Perfect if you want a great playing instrument without having to take a degree in Advanced Guitary Stuff.

Just great guitar and bass setup. Easy-peasy.

 
 

Sketchy Setups is a bit different to other setup guides. For a start, you can just get the information you want — just the info for your instrument. Why read about Gibson tailpieces when you're setting up a Jazz Bass?

And Sketchy Setups is completely hand-drawn. Even though these are digital guides, each page began as paper, pencil, and ink. This makes it easier to illustrate things that would be difficult in photographs and keeps everything nice and easy-going. Setups don't have to be chores. 

 

Sketchy Setups are available to buy right now. Each guide costs $5 or you can buy a bundle of all four for $15. There is a heap more information, some page-samples, and some frequently asked questions on the Sketchy Setups page. Check it out

 
 

SPREAD THE WORD

I don't often ask for shares but it'd be massively fantastic and incredibly helpful if you could tell your friends about Sketchy Setups. 

If you could click the Twitter or Facebook images below to share, I'd really appreciate it.

Or just give sketchysetups.com a shout-out wherever you hang out. 

Thanks a lot.

Sketchy Setups — Four New Setup Guides

Gather 'round for a story…

When I started my own setups, a looooong time ago, things weren’t always easy. 

Information was thin on the ground. In the pre-internet age, you had to rely on gleaning snippets of advice from musicians you knew or met. Amazing results weren’t guaranteed.

Then the internet came along (yes, I’m that old, you damn kids). That was interesting. At first, you could read the whole thing in a day but gradually, you’d find sites with little nuggets of guitar information. Of course, many of these nuggets were from guys like the ones I’d met locally—now, they just happened to be guys from different places. Similar results. 

The amount of information on the internet grew. Forum sites shared heaps of tips and tricks and you could often find massively usefully stuff there. As is often the way with public forums, though, a lot of their content was parroted myths and half-truths, personal opinion masquerading as fact, or just plain wrong… 

“You should always do X. You should never do Y. If you touch the truss-rod, it will spell the end of existence.”

So what do you do if you want to get reliable, useful, simple information on guitar or bass setup?

Well (ahem), I may be able to help…

New Sketchy Setups Guides Launch Tomorrow

I can't wait. 

I promised more Sketchy Setups and here they are. Available from Tuesday, 19th July you'll now be able to get the setup skinny on four instrument types. 

  • Sketchy Setups #1: The Fender Stratocaster
  • Sketchy Setups #2: The Fender Telecaster
  • Sketchy Setups #3: The Gibson Les Paul, SG, 335, etc.
  • Sketchy Setups #4: The Fender Precision and Jazz Bass

Each of these setup guides is focussed on just one instrument or instrument 'type'. Why would you want to read about a Strat tremolo when you're setting up a Les Paul? Is it useful to learn about a Gibson tailpiece when you're working on your P-Bass? Just the right information for your guitar or bass. 

Hand-drawn setup guides

Every one of these guides started out with paper, pencil, and ink. They are hand-drawn and hand-written. Even the setup information that's common to all instruments was re-drawn each time (so each guide is a unique snowflake). 

Illustrating like this let me show things that would have been impossible or less clear in a photograph. And it has the added benefit of giving a laid-back and friendly feel to the guides. 

More information will follow…

All new Sketchy Setups available from Tuesday, July 19th. More information will follow between now and then.

Upgrade from early versions

Anyone who bought a copy of Sketchy Setups #1: The Fender Stratocaster will get a free upgrade to the new version. If you haven't received an email from me already, you'll get one soon (check your spam folders and contact me if you haven't heard by launch-day on the 19th July). Thank you to all the buyers of version 1 — I really appreciate your trust.

 

 

Sketchy Setups Now Available

It's done. 

It took some head-scratching and a very late night but Sketchy Setups is now available.

It's twenty-eight, digital pages of hand-drawn illustrations showing the easy way to set up your Strat (don't worry—more instruments will be available soon).

So, if you've always wanted to set up your own instrument, Sketchy Setups will guide you through it, in as simple and friendly a way as possible.

Sketchy Setups #1: The Fender Strat is on sale for $4 (twenty percent off) right now.

This offer only lasts for the next day, though, so get moving. Offer ends on the 7th August at noon Eastern Time.

Get your discounted copy of Sketchy Setups here – Just click the buy link.

It would be a massive favour if you could give me a shout-out on whatever social media place you hang around it. That would help me out hugely and I'd really appreciate it. 

It'd be great if you could say something nice and include the link http://hazeguitars.com/sketchy-setups/

Thank you, thank you, thank you. You rock!

Now I'm off to curl up somewhere and gnaw nervously on my fingernails. 

Thank you again. 

Sketchy Setups Launches Tomorrow

Wow, my hand hurts. 

But, I'm working through the pain because Sketchy Setups launches tomorrow. 

I'm currently putting the finishing touches to the download package, but I think it's coming together nicely.

My aim was to write a simple and fun guide to let anyone setup a guitar. No digging through thick books, no trying to make sense of the manufacturer's vague instructions, no searching for the pearls among millions of forum posts. 

Easy and no fuss. 

I've hand drawn and written everything in this guide to give a friendly, painless, path to great setup. 

I'll post tomorrow as soon as it's available. There are a couple of photos of original inked (pre-scanning) pages below.

I'm excited. And nervous. And tired. Mostly excited, though. 

Sketchy Setups

UPDATE: SKETCHY SETUPS NOW LAUNCHED - READ MORE…

 

I’ve been given the chance to take part in a small product workshop (with Gumroad) and I’m using it to scratch an itch that can be quickly scratched.

Introducing Sketchy Setups

Here’s the plan:

A hand-drawn, illustrated guide to setting up a particular instrument (starting with a Strat). It’ll be a short and easy plan to a decent setup in as simple a format as I can manage. We're talking digital download—I'm using the working term, e-pamphlet. 

The idea of the workshop is to get something out there quickly. I’ve got just ten days to get this damn thing complete.

If it’s even half-way decent, I’ll use it as the basis of an ongoing series of Sketchy Setup guides. If it’s rubbish, I’ll curl up in a foetal position for a fortnight and we’ll agree never to speak of it again. Any words of encouragement will be appreciated as I'm deeply terrified by this. 

Now then, since I have an actual day job of fixing your guitars, I’d better get working on that. Sketchy Setups come second.

Sleep is overrated anyway. 

UPDATE: SKETCHY SETUPS NOW LAUNCHED - READ MORE…

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Ebook Download City

Hey, everyone.

Yesterday was a bit hectic. My first book, Truss Rods Made Easy launched and was available here for free download. Other than one small hiccup for the very early risers/GMT+9ers, things went really well. 

To those of you who have already downloaded, I'll say a hugely genuine, "thank you." I really appreciate your taking the time and trusting me. I hope you like the book and find it useful. I'd love to hear any feedback or thoughts you might have. I'm gerry@hazeguitars.com.

Thanks also to everybody who tweeted, liked, +ed, and emailed. Cheers. You guys rock! I understand word is spreading through a few forums already which is great—feel free to tell your own forumfriends, your redditpals, or your stumblechums.  ;-)

As this is a digital download, I'm relatively sure I won't run out of stock so I'm hoping that more and more people will continue to download over the coming months and years. In time, perhaps we can make the world a truss rod-friendly place. I have a dream, people!

Thanks again everyone.

If you haven't downloaded your copy, or you had any problems, pop here and have a go. 

 

Truss Rods Made Easy Released

Now Available for
Free Download

My brand new book, Truss Rods Made Easy is now available for FREE download. This guide contains everything you need to understand this most mysterious of guitar subjects.

Don't suffer any more misinformation about your guitar's truss rod—download Truss Rods Made Easy now.