Steve Clayton Blog

Guitar Pick Souvenirs!

Guitar Picks are not just for playing guitar, they make great giveaways for your fans! Clayton Artists WHOA! recently made their custom guitar picks into key chains, and we think they look awesome! The picks shown here are our Yellow Delrin and White Pearl. If you do plan to put holes in your guitar picks we do recommend getting picks that are at least 0.80mm and up, otherwise it can break. Other great ideas from customers we have had are earrings, necklaces, business cards, wall decor, and more! Really you can do anything with a guitar pick, the possibilities are endless just like our customization options! If you are looking for a guitar pick with a hole already in them we do offer our Eco material with pre-drilled holes starting at only $69.00 (includes a full color print).

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Last day to save 15% off your picks!

BOO! Don’t forget to place your order today and receive 15% off custom guitar picks with promo code BOO16, you also will receive a free pack of Duraplex 0.60mm picks!

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Happy Halloween from Clayton!

We like to trick instead of treat! Now through Halloween get 15% off your Custom Guitar Picks PLUS a FREE 12 pack of our Duraplex 0.60mm picks! You don’t even have to say the old line “Trick or Treat…” just enter promo code BOO16 during checkout to get your discount.

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If you play the Ukulele…

Then you definitely want to give our new Uke picks a try! These high-density felt picks made from a combination of wool and cotton will make for your favorite ukulele pick. Each feels comfortable in your hand while producing beautiful tone from your ukulele or other stringed instruments. Choose Palm Leaf Design in shades of green or Wave Design in Yellow, Orange, and Red. You can buy your own set directly from our store by clicking here and earn up to 6 points towards your next purchase with us :-)! Just $5.99 for a pack of 3.

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Pinky Doodle Poodle’s new music video!

Clayton endorsed artists Pink Doodle Poodle from Japan releases a new video, using Clayton picks during the production of the song of course! View the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqR3DkhYFDE&feature=youtu.be

The colors and scenery in the video are awesome, not to mention the vocals and guitar playing!

Clayton now offers…

Thumb picks! You asked, and we listened! We finally perfected our version of thumb picks. Clayton high quality celluloid picks are made to fit around your thumb. Each has been shaped to maximize grip and strength of the pick. You can click here to purchase them now, and earn 10 points towards your next purchase!

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Category: Miscellaneous

New Music Video featuring Clayton Endorsee

Clayton Endorsed Artist Samuli T. Mäkelä and Seele releases “Rakkaudesta Sokea” Official music video from the album “Jos Vain Kaiken Jättäisin”
Actor Tommi Eronen known for starring in the movies Jade Warrior (2006) and Bad Luck Love (2000)  makes a performance (co-starred by Hanna-Leena Henriksson) in the Finnish rock-metal band SEELE’s new music video for ‘Rakkaudesta Sokea’
The video, filmed in Janakkala, Finland, tells a story of a couple lost in the wilderness. Running low on water, it becomes clear that only one of them will survive.
Band consists Julia Mattila (Vocals), Riku Mäkinen (Guitar),  Samuli T. Mäkelä (Guitar), Jyri Vesterinen (Bass) and Samuel Tähkä (Drums)
Watch “Rakkaudesta Sokea” here:

New Exotic Picks

We are always expanding our offering for Exotic pick materials and have just introduced three more this year:

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The new exotics are made from 2 woods to create one awesome pick! Exotic Fuse – Ebony Front with Padauk Back: Both ebony and padauk have been fused together to create a beautiful and powerful tone. This pick features an ebony front, with an padauk back. Each pick is hand-made and crafted to perfection. Exotic Fuse – Maple Front with Ebony Back: Both maple and ebony are fused together to create a beautiful harmonious tone. This pick features a maple front with an ebony back. Each pick is hand-made and crafted to perfection. Exotic Fuse – Rosewood Front with Steam Beech Back: Both rosewood and steam beech are fused together to create a beautiful pick with a rich and deep tone. This pick features a rosewood front, with a steam beech back. Each pick is hand-made and crafted to perfection.

Click Here to Purchase yours now!

 

Last day to save 10% off picks!

Don’t let this one blow on by! Hurry up and take advantage of our Fall Sale with 10% off your custom guitar pick order. Enter promo code FALL16 during checkout to get the discount!

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Customizable Sample Pack

We have always offered our standard Variety pack which features 6 of our most popular picks, but have you always wanted to get your own pack of picks to sample a larger selection of what we have to offer? Well, now you can! This is also a great way to buy picks if you play with different styles, materials, ect.! You can select 12 guitar picks from 9 of our most popular styles (featured below) and better yet you get to select the pick type, shape and gauge all just for $9.99 (plus shipping). Mix and match and discover your favorites, click here to buy now!

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10% off Custom Guitar Picks!

Today through the 29th take advantage of 10% off your Custom Guitar Pick order! Just use promo code FALL16 during checkout to get your discount. Ready to order now? Head over to www.claytoncustom.com to order your picks! Please be aware that orders placed during the promotion can take longer to produce than our normal estimated lead times.

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Rewards for buying picks!

Did you know you can earn rewards on all our stock products when you purchase them at www.steveclaytonstore.com? You can use your reward points earned toward future purchases! The Clayton loyalty reward Points is a way to reward our valued customers. So how do you earn points on your purchases? First, register as a customer on steveclaytonstore.com and you will automatically be enrolled in our program! Then, buy great guitar gear from steveclaytonstore.com and you will earn 1 point for each $1 spent. Just make sure that you log in to your Oompa account during the checkout process so we’ll know where to credit the points! And how do you redeem the points? To redeem your points, log in to your steveclaytonstore.com account. Your rewards points accumulated will show on the initial screen. Points can be redeemed for their worth off your next order! It is that simple! And don’t forget you can get free shipping off your order with a purchase of $35+!

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New Sharp Picks!

We have expanded our Acetal line of picks with 3 new shapes! We now offer our Acetal in Sharp Standard, Sharp Triangle, and Sharp Teardrop.  Get an extra edge with these picks that are made from our renowned Acetal material. Strength is key to the ultimate performance. The composition of Acetal gives you just enough stiffness to give you those killer power chords, but has just enough give so that you’re not busting strings left and right. Plus this pick has a matte surface that prevents it from moving or slipping in-between your fingers. These are great for speed picking and fast riffs! We also offer them in all 8 gauges for each shape. Check them out here http://steveclaytonstore.com/product-category/guitar-picks/acetal-sharp/.

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5 Days Left!!

Don’t delay on placing your custom guitar pick order…there are just 5 days left for our 20% off Father’s Day Sale!

Custom picks make wonderful Father’s Day gifts! They are useful for Dads who like to rock out, and the custom printing on them adds that personal touch.

Now through the 14th, we are offering a 20% discount on all custom guitar pick orders placed through our website at www.claytoncustom.com. Just use the promotional code “DADSROCK” when you check out to have the discount applied!

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Memorial Day/Camo Picks

The team here at Clayton would like to wish all of you a happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend! It’s great to have an extra day to play and enjoy the approaching summer weather, but it’s also important for remembering and honoring the heroes of our time, both past and present. That being said, we would like to feature our Camo picks in today’s post!

Camouflage is a pattern used to hide an object or person within a natural environment, but these picks stand out with their great playing and sound quality! Available in 12-packs, Camo picks (medium gauge) can be purchased through our site at http://www.steveclayton.com/camo.php!

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Sounds of Summer

Memorial Day is fast approaching, which marks the start of the summer season. To us, summer means concerts! Whether it’s a local fair, a 4th of July celebration, or a concert in the park, custom guitar picks can make a great addition to your show! Fans love it when custom printed guitar picks are thrown out into the audience for people to catch. They can also be given as novelty items before or after the concert. Custom picks make memorable tokens to help remind people of the amazing time they had at your show! So visit our website today at www.claytoncustom.com to start designing your own custom guitar picks, in preparation for the up-and-coming summer season!

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Rock Your Graduation!

Graduation season is upon us! Stumped on what to get the grad in your life? Go for custom guitar picks! For grads that like to rock out, custom picks make the perfect congratulatory gift. Our picks can be custom imprinted with names, dates, graphics… you name it! A set of custom-made picks will make a memorable item for your family member or friend who is moving to the next chapter in his or her life. Also, custom picks are great favors to have at graduation parties!

Order your custom graduation guitar picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

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Don’t Forget Our Slides!

As a company that specializes in guitar picks and custom picks, it is sometimes overlooked that we have many other amazing guitar accessory products to offer! One of these is our Brass Socket Slide.  This slide has the same type of ridged interior that would be found in a tool socket, which musicians have been known to use in lieu of a guitar slide because the ridges keep it locked on your finger. However, actual tool sockets tend to be heavy on one end, so Clayton USA came up with the Socket Slide solution! With equalized weight on both ends of the slide, the result is consistent balance, weight, and tone. Specifically, Clayton USA chose to make the slide brass for enhanced quality and sustainability of the tone. Plus, as if this weren’t enough, a cut-out relief has been added for extra comfort while playing.

Check out these amazing slides and order one today at http://steveclaytonstore.com/product/brass-socket-slides/!

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4 Days Left for 12% Off Your Custom Guitar Pick Order!

There are just 4 days left to take advantage of our Spring Sale for Custom Guitar picks! If you order online at www.claytoncustom.com any time between now and Monday, April 27th, be sure to enter in the promo code SPRING12 to get a 12% discount on your order! Custom guitar pick orders start at just $24.99 (text-only picks), and we offer free 1st class shipping on orders that are less than 400 quantity. What a deal!

Don’t delay; place your order now at www.claytoncustom.com!

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Clayton Endorsed Artist Gio Lombardi wins an Akademia Music Award!

We would like to extend congratulations to our endorsee Gio Lombardi on his win for Best Instrumental/R&B song in the 2015 Akademia Music Awards! Check out this page here to listen to his song that won!

Also, you can catch him playing live with his Clayton Acetal Rounded Triangle 0.80mm or 1.00mm picks next Tuesday, the 28th by clicking here. For more on Gio visit him on any of the following sites:

Gìo homepage: www.giolombardi.com
 
Gìo on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Giosart
 
Gìo on Twitter:https://twitter.com/gio1lombardi
 
Gìo on YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/user/giomusic2008
Gìo on Reverbnation:http://www.reverbnation.com/gìolombardi
 
Gìo on iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/gio-lombardi/id466019274
 
Gìo on NuMuBu:http://www.numubu.com/giolombardi
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Tenacious D Functional Picks

If you are a fan of Tenacious D then you definitely have to try out the functional guitar picks from their movie Tenacious D and The Pick of Destiny! These picks are an exact replica of the one from the pick necklace Jack Black wears in the movie, only you can actually play with these! Since they are such a popular item we had to extend the line to include thin, medium and heavy gauges so you are sure to find one that fits your ideal thickness. Also, even if you aren’t a fan of the movie they can add some variety in your playing style with the three different edges this unique pick shape has and it is made of Delrin for ultimate strength. What are you waiting for, you can buy a pack straight from our store and earn 7 loyalty reward points!

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Mom’s Top Pick

Mother’s Day may seem like it’s still a little while away, but now is a great time to start thinking about what to get for Mom! If you happen to have an extra-cool mom that rocks out on the guitar now and then, custom guitar picks can make the perfect gift! They are useful, but also have that personal touch. It is a good idea to get your order placed early, to allow for production and shipping of the picks to arrive in time for May 10th…yes, that is the date for Mother’s Day this year 😉 To design your picks and and place your order, visit www.claytoncustom.com. Picks start at just $24.99! With lots of color, shape, and gauge options, you will be sure to find something that is as perfect as Mom is!

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Category: Miscellaneous

Michael Valenzuela aka MADV

Check out this short promo endorsed artist MADV made using his Clayton Custom picks!

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Michael Valenzuela was no stranger to music growing up in a very musically inclined family. He spent the majority of his younger years in Washington state. His father was a musician playing in several well known bands, a road manager, and owns his own studio. His siblings play instruments, as well. When this family gets together, the Valenzuelas can’t resist the urge to make music together. It’s no surprise Michael fell in love with music at a young age and caught the fever for creativity.

Valenzuela is a purely multi-talented musician, doing everything from playing guitar and keyboards to recording and mixing. He composes music of many different genres including hip hop, contemporary, Latin rock, neo-classical, rock and heavy metal. Valenzuela is also quickly making himself known for shooting and editing video footage.

A guitarist first, Valenzuela has a great passion for playing. He is a virtuoso of guitar. His instrumental compositions are both moving and many times complex. These works are definitely a treasure to the ear and when watching him play, to the eye. His intricate fingering styles using string bending techniques make it evident that his pinch harmonics and hammer ons can keep up with the most superlative guitarists of the 80’s. Though very experimentational, it is clear this man has studied some of the most prevalent guitarists of our time, to form his own style. The flow and melody of these instrumentals gives a great number of them a very neo-classical sound, full of deep emotion.

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Pick Versatility – Picks with Holes

Have you ever thought about taking your custom guitar picks to the next level by making them into earrings, necklaces, or key chains? We can help get you started with our new Picks with Holes option! Now, on our website at www.claytoncustom.com, you can order custom “Picks with Holes” guitar picks, so that you can have your custom design printed on the picks, and they already have a pre-drilled hole at the top so they can easily be made into novelty items!

Picks with Holes are made from the same material as our white Eco picks, and they can be printed with single or full color art designs, one or two sides, and with a full bleed option. Starting at just $69.00 for 100 quantity. Order today at www.claytoncustom.com!

 

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Custom Drumsticks!

We also offer Custom Drumsticks starting at only $44.00 (single color print) for 5 pairs! Just like our custom guitar picks you will be getting a high quality imprint on your sticks. These are a specialty item for us so they do take about 3-4 weeks to be made but the wait is definitely worth it! The artwork on our drumsticks are also sealed with a lacquer finish.  Currently the drumsticks are offered in size 2b which is ideal for durability and heavy use. With drumsticks the imprinted design options are practically endless as any color seems to turn out amazing, however, we cannot imprint white ink. Anything that is in your design that is white will show through as the natural wood color of the stick. Drumsticks can be ordered at http://www.claytoncustom.com/drumsticks/ and if you have any questions/concerns before ordering we are always here to help! Just email our custom imprint specialists at questions@steveclayton.com or give them a call at 877-752-9484!

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Simply Glowing!

Have a big concert coming up? Want some amazing custom guitar picks that you can throw into the crowd? Try out our glow in the dark custom picks! Your fans will go crazy when you use a pick to play and then toss it out for someone to snatch…and they will actually be able to see them, even if it’s dark, because they glow! They are also great for keeping with you backstage so that you are not fumbling around, trying to find your pick, when you are needed on stage! Just remember that these picks are one of our specialty items, and they take longer to make than some of our other materials so you will want to plan ahead when placing your order.

Order your own awesome custom-printed glow in the dark picks at www.claytoncustom.com today!

 

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Steve Clayton Store!

Are you having trouble finding your favorite Clayton product at local stores or online? You are in luck because we now offer all our stock products direct. You can order at www.steveclaytonstore.com. We also have special offers such as free shipping for orders over $35.00! Not sure which Clayton guitar picks are right for you? Now you can test 9 of our top picks by creating your own custom 12 pack, check out the Test Zone page. Most orders will ship out lighting fast just like our custom picks, if the item is in stock your order should ship within 48 hours. The best part of purchasing from our online store is that you can earn reward points and get free products! The Clayton loyalty reward Points is a way to reward our valued customers. By becoming a registered user on steveclaytonstore.com, you are automatically enrolled in this money saving program. You can view all the details on the Loyalty Rewards page.

 

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A touching story — The Healing Power of Picks

We find that we are sometimes amazed at the ways in which custom guitar picks are used…from playing guitar and throwing them out to fans, to using them for baby showers and as business cards, they really are a versatile item. Recently, one of our customers shared with us how the custom guitar picks that she ordered to commemorate her son, who passed away at a much-too-young age of 22, really made a difference in her healing after this tragic event took place.

Below is a full article, entitled Sustain: How One Family Kept a Young Musician’s Spirit Alive After His Tragic Death by Jason M. Rubin. If you are inclined, please take the time to read this truly amazing story about how something as small as guitar picks can actually make a difference:

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Category: Miscellaneous

Scott Lea’s New Single is out!

Woodland Park, NJ. November, 2014 – Clayton Endorsee Scott Lea powerfully delivers the story of an alien abduction through detailed narration and multiple sophisticated layers of sound, bass lines, original music and mind bending original breaks and beats.

This unique electronic track kicks things off with a UFO sighting from a kitchen window and takes the listener through the journey of an alien abduction. Complete details are uncovered from abductees while under hypnosis. Hypnosis is often used for regression to successfully help recall past events. As well as a music producer, Scott Lea is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and has been in private practice since 2002.

Abducted was written, performed, produced and mixed by, Scott Lea, narration vocal by, Michelle Castiglione. Recorded at Scott Lea Productions studio NJ and mastered at MasterDisk NYC by Roger Lian (Rush, Gene Simmons, The White Stripes, Muse). The instrumental version is also available.

In addition to “Abducted,” you can also look forward to multiple projects being cranked out of Scott Lea Productions Studio / RadicLea Records in 2015 such as Lea’s remix of reggae super star Chuck Fenda’s “Sexy Suh”, “Crush Rush” Feat. Lisa Luxx, a remix of Helena Reznor’s “Bat Shit Crazy” new singles by Tasha Na Tasha and a children’s release, “My Brother Is Annoying” by LIV.

All RadicLea Records releases are distributed through CEN / RED / SONY and available on iTunes, Amazon, Napster, Rhapsody, Spotify and other popular online media outlets.

Contact and press queries: RadicLea Records – Web: RadicLeaRecords.Com Email: Management@ScottLea.Com TEL: 973-388-8794

2 Days Left!!

Don’t let our Halloween Custom Guitar Pick Sale pass you by! You can still order custom guitar picks any time today, or tomorrow before 11:59pm Central time, and get 10% off your entire order! Just visit our site at www.claytoncustom.com to design and order your custom picks. Use the code BOO14 to automatically have the discount applied! If you are an early Holiday shopper, this is a great time to get a gift for that musician in your life!

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