Pick Collecting

Find More Steve Clayton Guitar Picks Through Our Friends

Did you know that you can purchase Clayton picks at  www.musiciansfriend.com and www.amazon.com?  Both of these sites have a huge selection of our products. Below are some of Musician’s Friends exclusive guitar pick line from us.   If you’ll notice when you go to the guitar picks section in  Musicians Friend’s website you’ll find us first in customer ratings.  Our Clayton Ultem Standard Guitar Picks have the highest in customer ratings. This is because we take we take pride in producing the finest guitar accessories. You’ll find many of our Clayton picks like our acetals, colored delrins, pearls, and other stock picks.  Not only can you find more guitar picks on Musicians Friend, but you can also buy from www.amazon.com.  If you like to collect guitar picks or are looking for a quality guitar pick, be sure take a look at these fine online retailers for our products:

Clayton Products at Musicians Friend

Clayton Products at Amazon

Acetal Overbleeds

Recently at Steve Clayton, Inc., we have received really nice designs for our acetal picks. We had a recent blog review of our acetal picks, and the picks shown here are examples of how your favorite pick can work really well with your favorite design! Overbleed, or full bleed picks are simply picks that do not have a border around the edge of the design. Our acetal picks are known for working well with photo designs, because they are grainy and semi-transparent, so they can support designs with lots of color and detail. This means that they can also be a great choice of material for intricate artwork, such as the designs shown in the photo. Even though these designs have a high amount of contrast between dark and light shades, everything is balanced and the art stretches evenly all the way to the edge of the picks. Thanks Clayton customers, for giving us such awesome designs to work with! Try out your art or photo on our picks at www.claytoncustom.com.

Pick of the Week, The Rick Copus Band

This week we are featuring a full color Acetal pick, by the Rick Copus Band.  We loved the shading of the blue and black in this custom guitar pick.

“The Rick Copus Band formed in the summer of 2008. A group of professional musicians working and playing in bands and various worship teams in Bakersfield formed to make this powerful blend of rock and worship music, to serve our Lord Jesus Christ.

Rick Copus has been a professional musician since the mid 80’s; after becoming a Christian in 1995, Rick joined his church worship team and began serving the Lord with his music. In 1998 Rick formed a band from the worship team in Bakersfield called Formerly Blue, playing in coffee houses and festivals, the band made a CD(Pickin’ Up The Pieces), and was very popular in Bakersfield until their breakup in 2000.”

Now he has gone on to form The Rick Copus Band. We really like this band, as they are putting their music to good use trying to help people with cerebral palsy. It is through disability life experiences, that Rick, the band, and their families are dedicated to disability ministry. Such a great cause!
Please be sure to find out more about the band at their website is: www.therickcopusband.org

Photos On Custom Guitar Picks

Our custom picks have excellent picture quality and we just thought we’d share a couple performers who have chosen to place their photo on our custom picks. We recommend photos to be put on our acetal picks. Customers have used photos for wedding occasions, couples, and band members who are promoting themselves. On the back side of these picks customers will have their signatures, band website, names and dates for weddings or special occasions. These picks here all have the full bleed option taking the image to the edge of the pick that way they are able to fit more on the pick.

The designer is really simple to use to adjust your artwork or photo image. You can zoom in on a particular part of an image, move it around and make it fit just on the guitar pick template. As a suggestion when placing lettering in a photo try to find a spot where the lettering has a solid background so it is legible just like the ones on these picks. If you need help with sizing your photo or getting artwork to fit on the guitar picks please send us your questions at questions@steveclayton.com. Our custom design team will be happy to help you with any questions you have on an order. You may also call us at 1.877.752.9484 M-F 9am-5pm PST.

Rounded Triangles. More Design Space And a Unique Look

We don’t just have standard shape picks for your designs. Checkout these rounded triangle picks these customers came up with. The rounded triangle picks are very popular as you can tell from our featured artist stories. Many bass players and guitar players will pick the rounded triangle shape to give them a little more surface to hold while playing. These picks also provide more space for your design than our standard shape picks. With these larger picks you are also able to enlarge your design or sort of like, zoom in on the design and make it easier to see. The picks in the picture here are with the materials ultem, green delrin, acetal, white pearl, and an orange delrin. These picks customers designed had lots of info such as business name, phone number, and websites to promote themselves. In the claytoncustom.com site once you pick the material you’ll then see what pick shapes come in that material. If you have questions feel free to email us at questions@steveclayton.com or contact our custom design team at 877.752.9484.

Pretty Pearls

Here at Steve Clayton, Inc., one of the pick materials that we offer for custom pick design is white pearl. White pearl is a white pick that has a marbleized quality to it, with a shiny/glossy finish instead of being a flat color. Our custom white pearls are available in six different gauges and in both standard and rounded triangle shapes. We have noticed that designs with a lot of color tend to look especially eye-catching on our white pearl picks. Some examples are shown in the photo below. Some customers choose to have white pearl designs that are overbleed, meaning that there is not a border around the edge of the design. We have also noticed that designs with a gradient, or fadeout of color, look very appealing on the white pearl picks because the fadeout blends so well into the background of the pick. So, if you are planning a pick design that has a lot of bright color or shading in it, take a look at these picks and maybe you will decide that white pearl is the best choice for your design too!

Supporting Music Makes Music from Steve Clayton

Music Makes Music “MMM” is a non-profit organization that goes to schools to perform and educate students about the importance of music.   MMM inspires students to get involved with music which in then impacts students interest levels to finish their education.  Schools that have a music program are seeing higher attendance and graduation rates.  A 2006 Harris poll, showed that schools who have a music program are getting 97% of students to attend and graduate versus 72.9% for schools without a music program.  Karen Zgonc, the VP of Marketing and Development, contacted us and we are excited to work with them.  Here are the picks we have created for them.  If you would like to support the Music Makes Music organization you may go to their website musicmakesmusic.org

Think Pink!

This week, we wanted to draw attention to our pink delrin custom picks at Steve Clayton. Shown here are some pink delrin pick designs that we really like. Black is the only printing option for pink delrins, but we think that the black and pink look great as a color combination. Pink delrins are also preferable for some customers because of the gauge sizes offered. We have other colored delrins available for custom printing, including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. For these, the color of the pick always dictates the gauge. With the pink delrins, we offer three different gauges: Thin (.5) Medium (.8) and Heavy (1mm). Pink picks are perfect for guitar players who want to have personalized picks to play with or give out to fans. They can also be great for events, such as weddings or birthdays. Next time you are starting a new design on our custom site, consider picking pink!

Springtime: Birds and Trees

Here’s another look at some cool designs that we have been producing recently. We have noticed that some great spring-time art has been submitted throughout the months of March and April. The designs shown here all use birds and trees, and we feel that this art is both aesthetically pleasing and works well on the small design space of the custom picks. It seems that birds and trees are a trend in the world of graphic art currently…and now they are showing up at Steve Clayton, Inc.! The pick materials vary for these designs. Included in the photo here are ultem, white delrin, and white pearl. Both of the bird design picks shown are also further examples of wedding picks. If you would like to try out your own spring design, visit our custom pick design website!

Animal Picks

Some customers choose to put photos on their picks, others just want text or a logo. Then there are the few customers that want to have a really cool animal design on their picks! We wanted to show off a few of the animal designs that we have produced recently. Even though animal designs can have a high amount of detail, such as the tiger pick shown here, they can look really great on our picks. The pick materials shown include white delrin, blue delrin,  and white pearl. As you can see, we are able to create these picks whether they are black and white or color designs. So, for a new and interesting twist, you might want to consider using your favorite animal as the basis for a pick design! These are also a great idea for those customers who are looking into using our custom picks for promoting the environment and preservation of wildlife.

Black and White

Lately, at the Clayton custom department, we have been noticing some really cool black and white designs created by our customers, and we wanted to show them off! All of these designs were created for white delrin picks, and they have a really classy look. Using a full bleed black and white design can create the illusion of having a patterned pick, such as the pick shown on the farthest left. There is a lot of freedom with these kinds of designs, even though only one color is used, and they are always eye-catching. Whether they are for a band, a wedding, or a business promotion, black and white art is an example of how simplicity can often be the best way of creating an appealing design.

Awesome Overbleeds

At Steve Clayton, we have numerous options for picks when it comes to custom design, and one of the options that people are curious about is the full bleed (overbleed) option. When utilizing the custom pick designer on our website at www.claytoncustom.com, there is a box that website users may check to add the full bleed option to their design. This means that, instead of having a small border around the design when it is on the pick, the design runs all the way to the edge of the pick. Shown here are some recent overbleed designs that we really loved. This option is usually chosen for designs that include photos or artwork, but can also look really good with patterned designs.

Easter Pearls

Easter is just around the corner, and we would like to draw attention to our colored pearl picks for the occasion! Aside from the colored delrins, the colored pearl picks are the only custom picks available in a wide variety of colors. Shown here are a few examples of what custom pick designers have created in the past. While we can only use black designs on the colored pearls, the options for the pick colors provide endless possibilities. Also, the colored pearls are available in six different gauges and can be created on both standard and rounded triangle shape. To view all the colors that are available for colored pearl picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com. Jazz up your Easter holiday with colored pearl custom picks from Clayton!

Spring Advertising

We have noticed here at Steve Clayton, Inc. that many people choose to use customized picks in lieu of business cards as a means of advertising their companies. These are some of the recent designs we have picked out because we think they are appealing and really work well on our picks. As you can see, custom picks can be used for any kind of business…not just businesses that are involved in music. The Coffee House pick is the first coffee business pick that we have seen in a while, but the design turned out great and it is an innovative way to get customers to remember the name of your business! So, if you are looking for a new means of marketing for your company, you should give Clayton Custom a try at www.claytoncustom.com!

Wedding Picks

Here at Clayton, Inc. we have noticed that many people choose Clayton custom picks to add a little flare to their wedding receptions. Some picks simply include the name of the couple and

the date, while others choose to add matrimonial graphics. We even have a special section in our online custom designer that has images specifically for wedding picks. More durable than anything printed on paper, the custom wedding picks are the perfect favors to give out that will help your guests remember your special day. Shown here are a few examples of the wedding

picks that we love, printed on white delrin and acetal. Also, our own employee Rob chose to design picks for his brother’s wedding (shown at right on light blue pearl)and he says that his brother and sister-in-law

both loved the picks and appreciated the originality of the idea. If you are looking for a fun addition to your wedding, consider custom picks from Clayton!

Clayton Custom Pick of the Week!

This week we selected Erich Church’s pick for our pick of the week. Eric is a very acclaimed American country music singer and songwriter.  In 2006 he released his debut album Sinners Like Me.  That album produced an amazing total of four chart singles on the Billboard country charts, including the Top 20 hits “How ‘Bout You,” “Two Pink Lines” and “Guys Like Me.” His second album, 2009’s Carolina, has produced two more singles: “Love Your Love the Most,” his first Top Ten hit, and “Hell on the Heart.”  Eric is also one of our Endorsed artists and uses our Delrin standard 1.00mm. However this week he ordered some of our Rounded Triangle Pearl Celluloid picks to try out. Our pearl picks are great for promotion since they have a beautiful mother of pearl look to them.  People can see them very easily when thrown off stage. We love Eric’s roughed up styled logo in black.  Not shown, is our Eagle logo on the back of his picks.  If you want to become an endorsed artist like Eric please click here for details.  To find out more about Eric Church click below:

ericchurch.com

myspace.com/ericchurch

Hot Stamp Foil Picks

Clayton fans have you tried our new hot stamp foil picks?  Just below to the right you’ll notice I have shared some of the styles people have come up with recently. What makes the picks unique is the foil provides a shiny look that catches the eye. There are many colors to choose from for the picks. For the foil color options you may choose our popular silver, gold, red, or purple foil. The hot stamp foil picks are definitely a popular item because of the sleek looking material and bright foil. The hot stamp foil picks take generally 4-6 weeks to produce, but when finished you’ll see the amazing quality! If you would like to learn more about our custom picks give us a call at 877.752.9484

St. Patty’s Picks

Well, March is just around the corner and we have already started noticing the designs that are indicating the coming of St. Patrick’s Day. We already love the combination of green and black, so why not create some custom shamrock guitar picks to help celebrate the occasion? We offer green delrin picks in .8 mm gauge, which are already a popular choice for custom picks year-round. We also offer green colored pearl picks, in varying shades depending on your taste. Only black designs can be printed on these picks, so if you are looking to create a green design, we recommend white delrin or acetal picks. So visit our website at www.claytoncustom.com and try your luck at designing a St. Patty’s Day Pick!

Cirque du Soleil – Chris Angel and Viva Elvis Pick Necklaces

We just got done doing a large pick necklace order for both Cirque du Soleil Chris Angel and Viva Elvis.  These are both amazing shows, so next time you are in Vegas make sure to check them out!

Below are descriptions of each of the shows:

“Viva ELVIS®, a harmonious fusion of dance, acrobatics and live music, is a tribute to the life and music of Elvis Presley. Nostalgia, modernity and raw emotion provide the backdrop for his immortal voice and the exhilaration and beauty of his music.” Click to visit the Viva Elvis Site

“CRISS ANGEL® Believe™ will be a haunting exploration deep inside the inventive mind of mystifier Criss Angel as he hovers between the land of the living and a surreal world uniquely woven together by the distinctive imaginations of Criss Angel and Cirque du Soleil.” Click to visit the Chris Angel Believe Site

A Pick from our Archives – Johnny Cash

johnny_cash1Every once in awhile when I am looking for something in my office I come across a custom pick we did from a long time ago. Just today I happened upon this Johnny Cash pick that we made. This exact pick is probably about 18 years old! Yes, very old. It is our Rounded Triangle Acetal (in Black) Johnny’s signature color, with his signature on it in white, gauge .50mm. Johnny loved our Acetal so much, but didn’t want it in white, so we had our Acetal material made in black just special for him. This pick is pretty hard to come by now a days because Johnny didn’t use them as his toss out picks. They are the true picks he played with and loved. I have often seen this pick go for over $100 on ebay. So if you ever come across this pick or already have it in your collection, It was made by Clayton! johnnycashFrom what I know most other Johnny Cash picks are either newly made fakes, or were his toss out picks. Johnny ordered 1,000’s of picks from us until his passing in 2003. He actually ordered so often from us that we would pre-make the picks a head of time. So when Johnny passed we were left with about 2,000 of his printed picks that were made in advance. People who knew we made the pick have called and begged for at least one of them, but sorry we will not give or sell the picks. They were only meant for Johnny.