Miscellaneous

Custom Picks – Green

Hmm wasn’t St. Pattys day last month? Well it must be spring fever then because we’ve had several Green orders this month!green_pick1 Most of the picks featured are on Green Delrin which is made out of a very durable material and is one of the most popular and widely used materials available. We offer Delrin is 5 other colors such as red, orange, yellow, blue, and purple. They are colored according to gauge. The Green Delrin is made on the .88mm gauge which is a slighly heavier medium gauge. The one in the middle is on our Color Pearl which is made out of celluloid. This one was for a wedding, and was colored to match the wedding colors. The really exciting feature about the Color Pearl is that we can color it to match just about any color you choose! And you can choose the gauge as well, so basically it is compeletely customized to suite your needs. Also, believe it or not our White Delrin is in that circle featuring a full green over bleed. If you can’t pick them out it is the Joe Bachman Crew pick and the one with faint white lines next to the Colfax pick. It’s a good example of what we use the “full bleed” feature for. We normally don’t suggest covering the whole pick with a solid background, however, these 2 are great examples of what can be done. A background that has other colors in it with a logo usually turns out great with a full bleed. We would suggest using either the Acetal Polymer or White Delrin picks for full bleeds.

Ed Hardy – Guitar Picks

hardy_picksCurrently our Ed Hardy picks are selling like crazy, so I thought I would take a moment today to talk about the pick line.  If you don’t already know about Ed Hardy, once you know you will start seeing it every where, especially on celebrities and musicians.  Their clothing and other items feature colorful classic tattoo designs by Don Ed Hardy.  Clayton, Inc. started making Ed Hardy guitar picks over 3 years ago. When we started the brand wasn’t that strong, but we really saw the potential for it, and since then taboutus_ed_picheaboutus_christian61 brand has really exploded!  Our Ed Hardy picks are printed on our premium pearl celluloid material. The bright pearly white really sets off the colorful Ed Hardy images.  You can check out many of the Ed Hardy items on their website here: Ed Hardy Website.

Don Ed Hardy (pictured left) the artist behind the design is known as “the godfather of modern tattoo”, for his sophistication, depth and sense of experimentstaion. His art is really amazing and I encourage you to take a look at them.  The artwork got turned into a huge success by designer Christian Audigier (pictured right). Christian is the designer of other popular lines such as SMET™ and Von Dutch™. Christian has built a fervent following for his Ed Hardy® and the eponymous Christian Audigier™ brands. Celebrities such as Madonna, Britney Spears, and Kanye West, among others are frequently seen wearing his unique designs.

To find out more info on the guitar picks we offer click here: Ed Hardy Guitar Picks

Custom Pick – Capitol Federal

This was a really fun order of picks that we are shipping out today to Capitol Federal for several music promotions they are hosting. They are all printed on our white Promo

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Material, standard shape, 1.00mm. They each have a very fun modern design in different shades of blue. They are currently running a really neat contest called the “True Blue Luxury Giveaway”. They are giving away tons of

high-end prizes all year long. Next time you are in one of their branches, find an entry box and enter. Good Luck!

A Dull Science

We just recently endorsed the band A Dull Science out of California. They have a good blend of a punk/pop sound to them. With some really great adslyrics, that everyone can relate to, like their song “Cheaters never prosper”. This song has some killer lyrics to it, with a catchy chorus that I couldn’t help singing along to while looking over their press kit. Even better these guys seem to have a sense of humor which is refreshing to see since some bands can be so serious as they get more famous :).

You can check A Dull Science out at the following links:

A Dull Science’s Myspace

JetSpeed Records

Custom Pick – Cricket

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We have been making guitar picks for the company Cricket for several years now. Cricket provides wireless services to about 4 million customers in the United States. They are best knows for their flat rate billing methods for cellular phone use. We just got done with a project with them, so we wanted to show you the beautiful results. This year they went with new artwork, and it really is stunning. This pick is printed on our white promotional material, with jet black ink going all the way to the edge of the pick. Colorful dots form around their signature “K” logo. It was great to work with them again, and we look forward to working with them in the future!

Blast from the Past

We had a very fun e-mail come to us in our questions@steveclayton.com box on Friday. The e-mail was telling us about a photo of Steve Clayton located on a scan0026claytonTed Greene Site. The picture has Steve Clayton back in the mid 70’s. Usually when people send us pictures of Steve they are more current, so it was fun to see him from back in the day. You can click on the picture to see other photos from the party Steve was at. The album contains many other people from the early music scene (i.e. Mel Bay, Tommy Tedesco, Mel Taylor). There are also early pictures of the NAMM show. For anyone who doesn’t know who Ted Greene is, he is one of the most accomplished guitarists of his generation. Steve knew Ted back when Ted tedgreene-2was teaching, and Steve himself was a guitar student of Ted. Steve says that Ted was so advanced with his guitar playing, he could get his guitar to bark and even crow, along with some other really bizarre sounds you never thought a guitar could make. Ted is probably best known for his chord book Chord Chemisty. It is a thorough book for guitarists that explains in detail the applications and understandings of chords. It is really a book that a guitarist shouldn’t be without. It is especially helpful to those who are trying to self teach themselves.

Ted Greene (1946-2005)

James Otto

james1We’d like to welcome James Otto as our new featured artist! James cannot be really categorized with a single word. His music has a mix of country and rock and roll that almost anyone can appreciate. Upon reviewing his press kit I took an immediate liking to all of his music, though his song, “Just Got Started Lovin’ You” was already one of my favorite songs. James uses our Acetal Polymer material in the rounded triangle shape.

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“I’m A big guy, I MUST have a big Pick! I’m 6 foot 5 Inches tall and built more like a linebacker than a Singer or guitar player. The Clayton Rounded Triangle Pick is the perfect fit for my hands and my style of playing. Whether I am in the studio or on tour, you’ll always find me using Clayton Picks to help make my music.” -James Otto

You can check James out on the following links:

James Otto Official Website

James Otto’s Myspace

Click to Listen to James

Custom Pick – iStockphoto

We were so happy to see that iStockphoto placed an order with us this week. This is a truly amazing company that we ourselves often use for our own stock imagistockphotoery needs. They have some of the best photography and best prices on the web. Plus their website is very user friendly. If you ever need graphics to design band logos and posters, they are a great place to look. Below are the picks they ordered from us for an event they are doing. This two sided design was put on our White Delrin pick .80mm. You can visit them at istockphoto.com

Ultem – Amber Fields of Gold

A lot of people love my Utlem Gold pick, and I get asked often how I came across this material. So, I will tell this story as my first official blog post.

After the success of my Acetal pick, I decided to research additional plastics that would serve well for a new line of guitar picks. My goal was to locate the stiffest plastic I could find. So obtained several plastic samples.  I cut each sample into a guitar pick. When I played the Ultem pick it really stood out amongst the others. It had an amazing clean, clear tone, didn’t wear, and was almost impossible to fracture.

Having a pick that produces clear overtones is essential to your music, it is what embellishes your playing. Plus, with such clean tones you get more longevity out of your strings. Which istortoiscase011 an added bonus, that saves you some cash.

I called this pick “Ultem” which is the actual name of the true plastic. I don’t dress it up or pretend it is anything else but what the plastic truly is. Also, I use it in its pure form. I don’t put deadening additives to cheapen it and destroy sound quality so I can get it out on the market for a “seemingly better price”.

It has been many many years since I introduced Ultem onto the guitar pick market, but since then my competition has come out with various versions of it. People swear up and down ours still sounds better. Unlike many of our competitors we don’t injection mold our picks (with the exception of Frost-Byte and S-Stone). Others use injection molding because it is cheaper to produce. You melt down the plastic and then mold it into the pick shape, which creates no wasted scrape material. My picks however are extruded. With extrusion the plastic is extruded out as a sheet with its grain intact. We then stamp the picks out with the grain going vertical down the pick. This grain helps to resonate ultemstandard3122the sound down the surface mass of the pick. Similar to why the wood grain goes vertical down your guitar neck. This method creates a lot of excess plastic waste, but the maintenance of sound quality is essential for the player (the waste however is sold and recycled into other products). Keeping intact grain also make the pick more lively and snappy against the strings. Injection molding is very destructive to the plastic! It removes the grain and creates a random matrix pattern, thus preventing the telescoping of the sound.

Do you want to know a easy way to tell if your pick resonates sound well? Take an Ultem pick and different material such as Nylon. Drop each of them onto a glass surface. You will immideatly hear the difference. Ultem will have a bright loud ping, while nylon has a quiet thud sound. This simple experiment tells you that the sound isn’t resignating from the Nylon pick. I always encourage a guitarist to do this on the glass store counter-top to hear if the plastic is dead or alive. Try it, you will hear the difference, and so will the listeners of your music.

Welcome to our New Blog!

Steve Clayton, Inc. is a guitar accessory company that has been in business since 1975, and is located in beautiful Southern Oregon. We pride ourselves on making quality products for guitarists. This blog is intended to educate guitarists on using and selecting appropriate accessories to enhance their playing.  In addition we will discuss company news, new endorsed artists, and custom guitar picks. Enjoy!

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