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Vic Rivera

Products used: Acetal Small Teardrop 1.00mm

“I have been a hardcore user of Steve Clayton Picks since 1998 and could never imagine playing with any other pick on the market. These picks make a huge difference in tone, they have unparalleled grip and their durability is off the chart. They are as important a part of my playing and sound as any other piece of gear in my arsenal. Simply put, Steve Clayton picks are the best anyone could ever hope to play with – bar none!”

Vic Rivera is a New York-based guitarist/multi-intrumentalist, songwriter and producer, best known as the principal songwriter, guitarist and producer of Adriangale (partnering with Jamie Rowe of Christian hard rockers Guardian on lead vocals). He is also known for his associations with singer Ted Poley of Danger Danger (on Ted’s solo releases and with Poley/Rivera). In addition, he has contributed as a songwriter, musician and producer for Christian rockers Liberty N Justice, a collaborative project on which he has worked with members of Warrant, Stryper, Twisted Sister, Enuff Z’Nuff, among others. Both as a guitarist and songwriter, he is regarded for a style emphatic on melody and pop-influenced arrangements, complementing the hard rock genre he works with most often.


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Mike Pastrana

Products used: Clayton custom white delrin 1mm

“Clayton picks are the base of my tone. The feel is awesome and the tone they produce is fantastic!”

Mike began his musical interest at the age of 13, when he started his studies at the Private Academy of Music Charlie de Jesus, in Puerto Rico. Eventually, he was accepted in the Popular Music Program at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, where he coursed his undergraduate studies with a concentration on electric guitar. During those years, he was under the tutelage of professor and musician Osvaldo Lopez. Mike pursue his passion for music and for the past ten years he has been recording as well as participating with various renowned national and international artists, such as Tommy Torres (Grammy Award Winner) and various top bands of Puerto Rico. He has also played as a guitarist on TV shows, such as Yo Canto, which seek singers such as American Idol. Mike is currently the guitarist of international artist Pedro Capó and is also part of an instrumental group called PIT7, composed of a variety of talented musicians.



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Tiffany Chan

Products used: Custom 0.73 Derlin Picks and Custom 1.00 Black Celluloid Picks

Clayton’s picks are the best picks I’ve ever used. These picks produce great tone and I feel so comfortable to play with it. I’ll definitely recommend it!

Tiffany Vicky Chan (陳蔚琦) is a 19-year old Hong Kong independent singer/songwriter. She is now a third semester student studying at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA majoring in Songwriting.

As an honors student at Berklee, Tiffany is awarded the Student Achievement Scholarship for the year 2013-14. In addition, the BMI Foundation announced on September 24 that Tiffany has won the third place of the 16th Annual John Lennon Scholarship for her original . Tiffany is so honored to be the first foreign student that won the scholarship. Tiffany has strong passion in music since her early childhood and was admitted to the Junior Music Course of the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts(HKAPA) at 11 on trumpet. Despite being classically trained, Tiffany showed interests in pop music at high school and formed a fusion band with her schoolmates to play pop songs re-arranged by herself.

Determined to become a singer/songwriter, Tiffany formed her own music production company, Electone Music Limited, on her 18th birthday, just months before the release of her debut EP Rockertude in July 2012. Her second EP A Token of Memories was released this August. She is the producer as well as the writer of all the songs in her EPs. Tiffany writes pop rock songs mostly about her personal experiences and dreams. Music videos of her songs could also be viewed on YouTube.

Tiffany has a broad audience base. Her EP has been ranked the Top 100 Canto Pop album for 3 consecutive months on KKBox Taiwan with《夏日悠想》(Summer Song) ranked 14th on the Canto Pop Single chart. Also, Tiffany’s songs have been recommended by Oliver, the CEO of Black Market Music Production and the founder of Taiwan Calling Festival. Her original “How Come” was ranked no. 4 on the Taiwan StreetVoice chart. In Addition, her song《夏日悠想》 MV has more than 8,500 viewership.

This past summer, Tiffany performed in several live gigs including the reputable 2013 Gongliao International Rock Festival in Taiwan, she was the only non-record label Hong Kong singer to perform in the festival. She has also performed in StreetVoice HK The next Big Thing and HK IFPI LiveTube July Concert. She has held two solo live concert in the past two years and has been interviewed by radio stations and print media in Hong Kong, including Commercial Radio HK, Fenghuang URadio, uChannel, Sing Tao Daily, Cosmopolitan Magazine HK, SCMP Young post and the re:spect music magazine.


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Products used: Black celluloid picks – Standard shape, 0.80mm gauge

“We use Black celluloid picks – Standard shape, 0.80mm gauge. We use these picks because they are strong and soft at the same time. For the punch they have on my strings and grip they have on my fingers. They are made of high quality and are very hard, made for hard rock! Thanks specially to Amber and all the team at Clayton!”

The name of the band has its root in the history of the South-West region of Spain. A place full of legends and myths such as the TARTESSIANS, PHOENICIANS and the ATLANTIS. The locality Gaelbah is not consider to be scientifically accepted but it was commonly used centuries ago.

Gaelbah started as a rock band in 2003. For 5 years it was a promising Spanish band. The first line-up was Orlando and José María Bando joining Manuel Carlos Correa, Diego Fernández and Fran Ántunez, and the singer Alejandro Dario Hernán.

After several changes, in 2012 the new Gaelbah was born. They started playing live in September and they won two rock contests in Andalusia and we join the “Hard Rock South Tour” for three months across the Spanish geography.

Closing this year Gaelbah plays in the “Camorock Festival” and in “The Day of the Music” with the band Stingers (Scorpions cover)
At this moment Gaelbah is in studio for the next album.

Line up:

  • José María Bando: rythm guitar and chorus
  • Alejandro Darío Hernán: voice
  • Antonio Moreno: drums
  • Josemi Cassani: lead guitar
  • Diego J. Vazquez: bass guitar and chorus

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Matthew Jones

Products used: Black Horn Jazz Picks

“These picks are amazing, they are robust, have a clear, crisp tone and have a great grip in your fingers. I would highly recommend any of the products that Clayton provides.”

Matthew Jones is Solo Instrumental Acoustic Guitarist, Songwriter and Teacher. He was given his first guitar
at age seven and instantly showed a talent for it, at the end of 2001 he finally plucked up the courage to ask for his first guitar and take guitar lessons, After listening to the Eric Clapton Unplugged Album, Lessons soon followed, soon to invest in the Electric Guitar after finding a known guitar Virtuoso Joe Satriani, after listening to his playing, Matthew’s guitar playing improved massively. He stuck with the electric guitar for most of his guitar journey and over the years in to the mid years of high school, after years of lessons he wanted to find his independence on the instrument and to go solo. Because of the difficulty of finding a band in his area he figured out, the only way he could do this, was to write music for the Acoustic Guitar after having a long interest in instrumental music from listening to artists that are proficient with the instrument, he packed the electric guitar away to pursue his way in to a solo instrumental music artist career. Matthew learned from the talents of a few music teachers from the local area. He has many has many influences such as Jeff Beck, ACDC, Tommy Emmanuel, Led Zeppelin, Elton John to name a couple. He has always said “All music is influential, have an open mind and strive for the area’s that excite you”.

After starting teaching a couple of years ago, and fine tuning his acoustic skills, he felt the time was right to try to break in to the music industry to follow his passion. He began to compose Instrumental Acoustic Songs and try them out and he started to perform. He received great feedback and would often be asked for an Album.

After twelve months Matthew’s dream of getting his music published was realized and in March 2013 his debut Album Rolling String’s, was released on ITunes and many other online music stores in his home studio after learning the ropes of recording an album, he built up a small home studio for the acoustic guitar with new professional equipment and to test this equipment out he released a rare single of September this year. Keep a look out for a second album in 2014 and much more to come in the future.After twelve



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Strumming for the Cause

A couple weeks ago, we had the opportunity to make guitar picks to help support a wonderful cause. One of our customers, Justin Jacobs, has a passion for guitars and has recently been working on a very special project…building a guitar that he has christened the 65 Roses Guitar. Jacobs himself was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of three, and he explains that kids that age have trouble saying “cystic fibrosis” and it ends up being pronounced like “sixty five roses.”

Because Cystic Fibrosis is still non-curable, Jacobs wanted to take action to help find a cure. He has combined his musical passion with his desire for change to come up with the unique idea of building this special guitar to auction off. In addition, he has gotten the signatures of many celebrities who support his cause, and he will be framing those and auctioning them off as well. He is also currently working on a musical line-up for a benefit concert where he’ll auction off the items and collect the funds to donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

560541_426426924144421_826325658_nOur contribution to Justin’s project was to donate custom guitar picks that he can hand out to help spread awareness about his project and what he is trying to accomplish.

To learn more about Justin Jacobs, his story, and the 65 Roses Guitar Project, visit

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Remember that any contribution helps, even something a simple as clicking “Like” on the 65 Rose Guitar facebook page will help to generate recognition for all of the hard work that Justin is doing to benefit others who have suffered from this terrible condition.