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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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. Matthew Jones is now signed to Studio A Records.
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.
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.
Products used: White Delrin Custom Guitar picks
“Clayton custom picks are first class in sound, durability and print quality. That’s why we exclusively use them for recording and live shows.”
With over ten years combined experience playing in the South Florida rock scene, the founding members of Daybreak Embrace are no strangers to pleasing crowds with their edgy brand of soulful hard rock. Pulling influences from multiple genres, Daybreak Embrace strives to make music that showcases meaningful lyrics against a musical backdrop of raw energy. Having released their debut EP, “Tomorrow Awaits,” and the follow up EP, “Mercury,” Daybreak Embrace has set their sights on touring and bringing their creative blend of aggression and soul to the masses.
Home Page: www.DaybreakEmbrace.com
Products used: Clayton custom printed White Delrin picks – Standard shape, 1mm gauge and Clayton custom printed Black Celluloid picks – Standard shape, 1.00mm gauge
“For me standard shape and 1mm gauge are the best choice. I love 1mm Delrin because it’s a very durable and great for the way I’m playing.
1mm Celluloid picks I’m using when I need little more flexibility for the playing. If you want hard and heavy…get Delrin…If more soft and sweet…get Celluloid.”
Samuli Tuomas Mäkelä is a Finnish autodidact guitarist and composer. He has background in metal, but as a musician, he is versatile across a different musical genres .
He has made a name for himself as a composer of soundtracks within the Finnish independent movie scene and as a composer of Uruguayn TV-series Voces Anonimas with Tamara Picardo.
Samuli is known for touring over the europe and playing live guitar for Slovakian Female Progressive-metal artist Snovonne as well.
Products used: Clayton Custom Delrin guitar picks
“I absolutely love my Steve Clayton Custom Delrin guitar picks! I’ve been using them for years! They feel so comfortable and extremely durable. There the only guitar picks I use on stage and in the studio! “
Jesus “Chuy” Michel is a Los Angeles based guitarist, composer, producer who is currently the lead guitarist for the Latin Alternative group Pastilla (Sony/BMG). He has also worked with some of Latin Americas top artist such as Carlos Baute (Warner), Vampiro (Sony/BMG), and Serralde (Universal). He has done countless national / international tours and played on various albums. Chuy is considered one of the top guitarist in the Latin Alternative/Pop community. Chuy was born June 29 !984 in Los Angeles California to Mexican immigrant parents. He is the oldest of three brothers (his younger brother Ivann is the drummer for Pastilla). His musical journey began at the tender age of 5 when his grandmother brought him an acoustic guitar from vacationing in Mexico. He quickly picked it up and continued to play vigorously. There was always music in the Michel household. Chuy grew up listening to music his parents where fond of such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Rod Stewart, and The Byrds. At the age of 16 Chuy started to perform with various groups throughout the Los Angeles music scene and quickly became recognized as one of the top guitarist in Los Angeles. Eventually he was invited to play with Pastilla(Sony/BMG). With Pastilla, Chuy has played countless concerts throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe. And has headlined some of Latin Americas most important music festivals such as Vive Latino in Mexico City, Mexico, and The Coors Light Indie Music Fest in Aguadilla Puerto Rico. Chuys participation with Pastilla has resulted in some of the most commercially successful work group has produced including the hit album Amarte. While still a active member of Pastilla, Chuy has collaborated with several national and international touring acts such as Grammy Award winning artist Carlos Baute (Warner), Serralde (Universal), LILO (Universal), Mexican guitar hero and Jaguares/Mana guitarist Vampiro (Sony/BMG) just to name a few.
Hip Kitty has just released a new music video, Nothing Left To Burn! Check the video out here. Hip Kitty is Raw, Honest, American ROCK…music that transcends the expected and inspires the masses! For more Hip Kitty visit their Facebook.
Products used: Ultem, Acetal, and Sleek Bone
“Clayton picks are the best! I’m a classically trained guitarists and perform a wide variety of music on a nylon string guitar. I play both fingerstyle and with picks. I love Clayton picks because they give me the same warm, natural tone that I strive for in my classical technique.”
Jonathan Barlow is an active performer, composer, teacher, and recording artist. He is signed to Azica Records along with guitar luminaries David Leisner and Jason Vieaux. His critically-acclaimed album Massif Trio Plays Schumann, Schubert and Strauss is distributed internationally by Naxos. It can be heard on terrestrial radio and internet radio like Pandora, Spotify, and Rdio. He is endorsed by Godin Guitars and Steve Clayton Guitar Picks. Jonathan is a composer and arranger with works represented by publishing houses in France, England, and the United States. His editions receive global retail distribution and a growing number of distinguished libraries carry his scores including Yale, Juilliard, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, and the Royal College of Music in London. He has contributed to Soundboard: the Journal of the Guitar Foundation of America and is a two-time recipient of the ASCAP Plus Award; a grant given to composers by the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers for “creative contributions to American Music.