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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 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

 
 

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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 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. 

Truss Rods Made Easy Launches Tuesday

Free Download from July 1st

My brand new book, Truss Rods Made Easy, will launch on Tuesday (1st of July—two days away). It will be available for FREE download from then.

Sample page from Truss Rods Made Easy describing Fender's Bi-Flex truss rod

Sample page from Truss Rods Made Easy describing Fender's Bi-Flex truss rod

This downloadable guide contains all the information you need to understand how truss rods work, how to measure neck relief, how to safely adjust your truss rod, and tons more.

Anyone that's already subscribed to the newsletter will have seen a little sneak preview. Sign up below and I'll keep you in the loop as this guide launches; share some tips and tricks; pass on news; and give you the skinny on the next Haze Guitars Guide.