Why Choose Clayton

Holiday Picks

19 days and counting…do you have the perfect gift for the guitar player in your family? Custom guitar picks make a wonderful holiday present! All of our custom guitar pick materials are professional grade and are the favorites of many musicians. With custom printing, you can add that personal touch that makes them really special. Custom picks can also be a great item for holiday advertising, like the pick shown in the image here. Be on the lookout, because we are running two more holiday sale specials before the 25th, so you can still get discounts on your order. Time is running out, so hurry and order soon! Create and order your custom guitar picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Duraplex

Looking for a new type of guitar pick that will keep up with your playing? Duraplex picks are named for their durability, and they live up to their expectations! Duraplex are strong and will stand the test of time. The edges of Clayton Duraplex are polished to avoid being held back by annoying tabs. The material is ultra-high quality that is resistant to notching. As a guitarist, you know what you want from your delrin material pick, and Clayton Duraplex will take you a step further! Available in six traditional gauges/colors (Red/.50mm, Orange/.60mm, Yellow/.73mm, Green/.88mm, Blue/1.0mm, and Purple/1.14mm). Also available in each gauge as standard shape, rounded triangle or small teardrop. May be ordered in packs of 12 or 72 picks, or in a starter display set on our site; http://www.steveclayton.com/delrin.php

Ultem-ate

Ultem material guitar picks are the ultimate in quality! Even on dull strings, these picks are sure to create crisp, clean tones. The sound of these picks is meant to resemble that of true tortoiseshell picks, but, unlike real tortoiseshell, they are not susceptible to fractures. These are some of the strongest picks on the market, and you will be sure to love the bright sounds that they produce! They are available in eight different gauges. They are tan in color, and available with the Clayton eagle logo in white epoxy (http://www.steveclayton.com/ultem.php), or for customization (http://www.claytoncustom.com)! They are also offered in three different shapes including standard, rounded triangle, and small teardrop. 

Frosty

Looking for a “cool” pick that won’t let you down during your sizzling summer concerts? Give Clayton Frost-Bytes a try! Made out of a frosty blue nylon material, these picks have a textured grip on both sides that make them feel like they are actually frozen onto your fingers! There is no slipping around with these, no matter how intense your playing is. They are also made for long-lasting durability, and awesome sound. They are available in standard shape, and six different gauges. Order yours today at steveclayton.com!

Exotic

Looking to try something new and interesting that will rock your music? Check out our line of exotic guitar picks! This new  product was just added to the Steve Clayton line this year, and they are definitely worth checking out if you have not done so already! They are available in four varieties including Horn, Blond Wood, Sheesham Wood and Coconut. Each type is supportive of a unique sound quality, such as bright or warm tones and a decrease in brassy tones. They can also allow for better movement across the strings of your guitar. Pricing starts at just $5.99! Place your order today at http://www.steveclayton.com/exotics.php

Picks for Pop

Hey everyone! Father’s Day is just around the corner, and it is not too late to order some custom guitar picks!! Are you looking for the perfect gift for your dad, grandpa, or husband? Custom guitar picks can be the perfect gift for the musician in your life. All of our guitar picks are professional quality, so dad can use them when jamming with his pals. Also, because they can have custom printing on them, they have that personal touch. Include any photos, graphics, or text that you would like! Since the holiday is so soon,  you might want to choose a rush shipping method for your order, just to make sure that they arrive on time. Start designing right away at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — The Chin’s Mojo

The band that designed this week’s Pick of the Week is Chin’s Mojo. The following is a bio on the band, given by band member Tom Jordan: “The band is named after Chin, a human skull that was purchased on ebay. It’s a real skull, and we made a joke once about its magic powers, then proceeded to win a 3 night battle of the bands and re-named the band after him. Since that time (4 years ago), we’ve published various action shots from Chin’s possible history that feature his magic powers; such as bursting from a pyramid to punish the non believers, being worshiped by a monk, and, most recently, saving the world and Santa from spacemen. The band performs all original rock; our CD is sold on our website and Amazon.com. We’ve toured regionally in support of our CD, “The Mighty Chin’s Mojo”. We perform with a huge computer controlled light and laser show, including a guitar with Chin’s image that emits lasers and lots of lights. The guitar pick we’re discussing is a portion of the “Chin vs aliens” photo, shown below. This is Tom’s third Chin pick design; he orders a new pick design each year from Steve Clayton and the fans love them!” Make friends with The Chin’s Mojo at chinlovesme.com. Their creative and colorful pick design was done on Clayton, Inc., acetal material picks. Create your own custom pick design today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pimp My Pick!

Hey Clayton fans! Have you ever gotten custom guitar picks from us, but wanted to do something creative to help show them off? Check out Pimp My Pick at https://www.facebook.com/PimpMyPick. Pimp My Pick is a company that “will turn bass and guitar picks into necklaces that can forever be worn and displayed for all to see!” You can send them your favorite band or guitarist’s guitar/bass pick and they will transform it into rock art you can wear. “People will stop you in the street to comment on your rockin pick!”
They provide the service of wire wrapping your pick and attaching it to a comfortable leather necklace. The wire wrapping will securely hold your pick WITHOUT requiring any damage to the pick (example: making a hole through the pick). Keep in mind that the company does not provide the actual picks, so the best way to Pimp Your Pick is to create and order some custom picks from Clayton, Inc., at www.claytoncustom.com, and then get your necklaces made!

Rock Your Wedding!

This week at Steve Clayton, Inc., we had a really nice design submitted by a customer for guitar picks for his wedding. We wanted to write a blog about it, simply because the art is really cool! As you can see, the artwork includes a guitar, flames, roses, and the date of the wedding. The colors go really nicely together, and look awesome on our white delrin guitar pick material. The other side of the pick has the same design, but with the name of the happy couple instead of the date. Custom guitar picks can make a unique addition to any wedding. They are already pretty popular, but we want even more people to know about this option! This is why we have created a new website: customweddingpicks.com. This site is designed specifically to help out customers that are interested in custom wedding picks. We are always looking for more ideas to add to the site too! If you have photos of your custom picks from your wedding, or a cool wedding pick design like the one shown here, or have any questions about wedding picks, please write to us at weddingpicks@steveclayton.com. To start designing your picks, visit claytoncustom.com!

Pick Art

We have had some customers submit some really cool pick art recently, and we wanted to show off these designs! All of them are very colorful, and they were created using various types of artwork. The pick on the far left was made using a cartoon image, on our white delrin picks. The center pick has a painting on it, which appears 3D on our white pearl picks. The pick on the far right uses a nice photo of northern lights to create a unique look. For full color art such as the designs shown here, we offer three different white pick materials that can support these types of designs. This image is a great way to compare how the three types of white picks (white delrin, white pearl, and acetal) are different from each other. Also, we have two picks in this image (the  two outside picks) that demonstrate use of the full bleed option. Choosing full bleed for your custom picks means that the design will go all the way to the edge of the pick and not have a border. Create your own custom pick design today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — Manifest Destiny

This week’s Pick of the Week is for Manifest Destiny, a band made up of longtime fans of The Dictators who never got a chance to see them live due to the geographic (and perhaps cultural) isolation of Fresno, CA. Comprised of local longtime musicians, Manifest Destiny (www.manifestdestinyrocks.com) is a musical tribute to The Dictators which aims to save rock and roll, or have the most fun failing in the attempt. Their genre definition is Rock, Rock & Roll, Proto-Punk, Post-Glam Rock, The Missing Link. Band members include Marvelous Jonny Manbeef (vocals), Zinck (guitar), Essé (drums), Squink (bass), Ross The Boss Too (guitar). They have an upcoming show too, on May 14th! Check them out on Facebook at:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Manifest-Destiny-A-Tribute-to-The-Dictators/135507956517828. Their custom pick artwork, which is highly detailed and colorful, was printed on our acetal pick material. Design your own custom guitar picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — Megan Redmond

This week’s featured pick was created for country music artist and songwriter Megan Redmond,  from Denver, CO. She has a beautiful design with great colors that turned out really well on our acetal picks.  Here is some information about Megan’s work, taken from her website: “Megan’s vocal strength and sound have been compared to a young Faith Hill with a pinch of Alison Krauss.  Megan’s music, and the covers she chooses, lean towards creating a fun, energetic emotional experience that all her fans can personally relate to. At only 15 years old, Megan Redmond is already making an impressionable impact on Nashville’s songwriting community.  Her ability to write radio-ready material to the likes of veteran Nashville songwriters has earned her the opportunities to collaborate with some of country music’s best.  A historical comparison is being made to the age and development of the songwriting strengths and ability of Taylor Swift.  Her songwriting skills are being sought by seasoned songwriters to bring her youthful relevance, energy, and creativity. Megan’s youthful spirit, combined with her mature sound and lyrical prowess, will be a fan favorite for audiences of all ages.  The only thing missing is her driver’s license. Megan has performed at numerous fairs and festivals around Colorado , and a number of renowned Nashville venues, as both an artist and songwriter. These venues include the world famous Bluebird Café,  12th and Porter, The Listening Room, and  many others. Megan’s fans and Nashville’s music business community are surprised when they find out just how mature and talented this teenager is.  Her stage presence and vocals, the depth of her songwriting, and her incredible focus and drive set her apart from the rest.” Visit http://www.meganredmond.com to learn more! Design your own custom guitar picks at www.claytoncustom.com!

Full Color Black Celluloid

We wanted to show off an example of an awesome full color design for black celluloid custom guitar picks that one of our customers submitted. The design is pretty intricate and has a lot of detail, but it turned out really well. We love how the white and bright blue contrast against the black color of the pick. You can create a design like this on our custom guitar pick site: www.claytoncustom.com. Be sure to choose black celluloid as your pick material if you would  like to get awesome black glossy finish picks like the one shown. If your design has any color besides white, you will need to choose the option for full color print. Great colors for black picks include yellow, bright blue, bright green, and red. Black celluloid picks are available in the standard pick shape, and in three gauges; thin, medium and heavy. Create your design today!!

Glow!!

Looking for a new twist on your custom guitar picks? Try out our glow in the dark picks!! They are one of our newest items available for customization. Shown here is an example of a cool fire design that one of our customers created to have on glow-in-the-dark material. These picks are great for eye-catching give-aways at concerts! They are available in thin (.50mm), medium (.80mm), and heavy (1.0mm) gauges. Bear in mind that they can only be customized with black ink artwork, so it is best to have your design created in black only…our customer service reps are happy to convert artwork to black if you are unsure about how to do so. Design your custom glow in the dark picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!!

Hot Stamp Foil Picks

Looking for a fancy upgrade for your custom pick guitar picks? Try out our hot stamp foil picks! Hot stamp is a different type of printing method that allows for an embedded foil stamp instead of a regular ink print. We have these picks available in three gauges, and in eleven different pick colors. All of the pick types are celluloid material, and they are a glossy finish. The can be printed with gold, silver, red, or purple foil. Shown here is an example of a hot stamp foil pick that was created by one of our customers. This is for white pearl picks, with a gold hot stamp foil. Try out your hot stamp foil pick design today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Announcing our Wedding Pick Website!!

We are very excited to announce the launching of our new site created specifically for wedding guitar picks!! We have found that wedding picks are very popular, so we decided to make a site to help guide brides and grooms through the process of ordering custom guitar picks for the big day, and to provide examples of how guitar picks have been used by other customers for their weddings. To check out the site, visit http://www.customweddingpicks.com/. Be sure to click on the “Ideas”

section to see some examples of wedding pick designs, and photos of the picks actually being used! For more information about ordering custom guitar picks for your wedding, contact us at weddingpicks@steveclayton.com!

Rev up your Autograph with Custom Signature Picks!

One of the more popular ideas for custom guitar picks from Clayton is to put your signature on the pick as the design or a portion of the design. Shown here are several examples of customers who liked this idea. This is a great way to personalize picks and they always come out looking really nice…no matter which pick material you choose. Signature picks can work really well if you are creating custom picks for a band and would like the band logo on one side, but each individual’s name on the other side. They also are perfect gifts for guitar players. All you have to do is figure out a sneaky way to get him/her to sign a piece of paper, then scan it, and upload the scan into our designer at www.claytoncustom.com. Try it out today!

NAMM 2011

We are back from a very busy NAMM show, and we wanted to share some photos from our booth this year! We had several artist signings including, Playmate Kassie Lyn, Twilight Saga Star Booboo Stewart and his sister Fivel, Kyle Gass and John Konesky of Tenacious D.  We will post more detailed information on all of our NAMM happenings soon!

The Neon Look

Today we wanted to show off a couple designs that were recently created and made on our black celluloid picks. Black celluloid is a somewhat new material for Clayton…it was added for custom design last year because we discovered that these picks can support some really nice designs, including ones with varying colors and sometimes intricate detail. Black celluloids are a glossy finish pick, and we have them available in three gauges; thin, (about .50mm) medium (about .80mm) and heavy (about 1.0mm). They can support single color white designs, or full color designs such as the ones shown below. We wanted to draw attention to these specific designs, because the customers who created them used a “glow” effect that makes the text look like neon lights, which happens to show up really nicely against the black background of the picks. So, if you like the look of these examples, check out our custom guitar pick design site and play around with your own black celluloid design today!

CUSTOM DRUM STICKS!!

You’ve been waiting for them, and they’re finally here!! Clayton USA is now offering custom drumsticks! You can check out our new site at: http://claytoncustom.com/drumsticks/. These are professional-quality sticks made of the finest American Hardwood, and they are available in size 2b. All of the custom drumsticks are 16″ in length. They can be used as a novelty items, give-aways, or (of course) for playing! They are available for single color or full color designs. Pricing starts at five pairs for only $44.00!! Quantities of up to 50 pairs are listed on our site, and if you call us we can provide pricing for higher quantities as well. So start designing today, to get your new custom drum sticks as soon as possible!!!

Clayton Custom Christmas Sale!!

Are you ready to order some custom picks for the holidays? It goes without saying that custom guitar picks can make wonderful gifts. Our professional quality picks can be custom printed with anything from names to photos, and quotes to logos. For the musician in your family, custom guitar picks are a unique gift that is both personal and serves a practical use! And now is the best time to order, since we have just started our Clayton Custom Pick Christmas Sale for 15% off your order! This sale starts today, December 6th, and continues through this Thursday, December 9th. If you have ordered picks from us in the past, you probably received our e-mail blast with the discount code… but in case you didn’t it is XMAS10. When you place your order online, all you have to do is enter that code (all capital letters, no spaces) when prompted to automatically get a 15% discount on your order! So visit www.claytoncustom.com to start creating your custom pick design today!

Pick of the Week – Bret Michaels

So pretty much everyone knows who Bret Michaels is.  If for some reason you don’t, he is the guy who is practically everwhere you look! He started his career as the lead singer of the metal band Poisen. He also starred in the hit shows, Rock of Love with Bret Michaels , its sequels, and was the winning contestant on NBC’s reality show Celebrity Apprentice 3.  He is also known for his signature bandanna.  Bret is an endorsed artist here at Clayton.  We have done a couple different picks for him, which are shown below.  Also below is a picture of him on stage using our picks. Currently Bret has a new show on VH1 called Bret Michaels: Life as I Know It., which is on Monday nights at 10/9 central, and repeats countless times a day on VH1. If you have not seen it yet please click this link to see a full episode of his amazing new reality show: http://www.vh1.com/shows/bret_michaels_life_as_i_know_it/series.jhtml Bret is also currently touring right now on his ROSES & THORNS TOUR. To check out if he is coming to a venue near you please check out his tour date schedule: http://www.bretmichaels.com/2010/schedule_files/schedule.htm

Cover Art

Are you wanting to design some custom picks, but don’t know what to put on them? If you have recorded an album of your music, simply putting your album art on your guitar pick can be a great option! Shown in the images below are examples of some picks that have album artwork on the front side of the pick. As you can see, they have turned out wonderfully. They all have a lot of color and detail, but it all shows up well on the pick. These can be a great give-away for fans too! All of these designs were put on our acetal pick material. Acetal is semi-transparent white, and is the best material for complex art like the album art show in this image, and is also great for photos. Acetal is known for being a high-grade, professional pick material that is resistant to slipping, so your cover art picks will also be great to play with! Design your custom guitar picks using album artwork today at www.claytocustom.com!

Tis the Season!

Hey Clayton customers! We know that many of you are probably planning to order some custom guitar picks to give as awesome gifts for the holidays! We just want to help you be a little prepared. We have some specialty picks that are very popular, but they take a while to produce so we want to make sure that you include production time in your planning. If you are looking at ordering black celluloid, hot stamp foil picks, or glow in the dark picks that are needed by Christmas day, the deadline to place these orders will be next Monday, November 15th. So start designing today at www.claytoncustom.com! (see example designs below for black celluloid and glow in the dark picks) If you are ordering pick materials besides these three specialty materials, you will still want to be aware of final order dates to get your picks on time. If you choose standard shipping, you will need to place your order by December 16th. For priority mail, the deadline  is December 17th. For Second-Day Rush, it will be the 21st, and for Overnight Rush, it will be the 22nd. So, don’t let the holiday season sneak up on you! Place your order for custom guitar picks today!

Double the fun!

Sometimes, there just isn’t enough space on one side of a guitar pick to put everything you want on it, especially since guitar picks are so small! This is why we offer the double-sided printing option for most of our guitar picks. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Shown in these images are examples of double-sided guitar pick designs. The blue design is on our acetal material pick, and the customer chose to just duplicate the same design on both sides of the pick. The green design was done on acetal material as well, with a band logo on one side and a signature on the other. This is an awesome idea, because then you can order picks for several band members with the band logo on one side, but different signatures for different musicians on the back side. We don’t always recommend double-sided printing for our acetal picks since they are semi-transparent, but on both of these picks, the designs came out really well. The red design is for a wedding pick, and it is on our white pearl material. Double-sided printing is perfect for weddings, because you can have a graphic on one side of the pick, and the names of the couple and date of the wedding on the other side. To utilize the double-sided printing option, all you have to do is access our guitar pick designer at www.claytoncustom.com. Once you choose the pick material you would like, the interface will list your guitar pick options. If you mark the bubble for two-sided printing, you get twice the design space!

Advertise with Custom Picks!

The most common use for custom guitar picks is for band logos or artist names. People choose to order custom picks because they are either solo guitar players and like personalized picks, or they are part of a band and want something to give out to fans.  But custom guitar picks can also be a great promotional tool. They are more durable than business cards, and people are more likely to keep them because they are an innovate way to promote yourself or your company. Shown in this image are examples of companies that have created designs for custom guitar picks. One is for a burger bar, one is for a properties management company, and the third is is for a university (their campus activities board). As you can see, your company does not even have to be related to the music industry for guitar picks to be a worthwhile means of marketing. If you are looking for a new way to advertise that is creative, check out our custom design page today! www.claytoncustom.com

Get Ready to Oooh and Ahhh…

Ok, we admit it…sometime we just like to show off what we can do here at Steve Clayton, Inc. when it comes to custom designed picks. These designs submitted by customers recently give us the perfect opportunity to show what we can do! All of these designs were done our acetal material pick, which is by far the most versatile for custom designs. Each of these picks has artwork that is very colorful and detailed. Also, they are full bleed designs, meaning that they have to be printed all the way to the edge of the pick. We think that, considering the complexity of these designs, the picks came out beautifully. It is like having a miniature piece of art on every pick! So, when you visit our custom design website, don’t hold back! We want to rise to the challenge of complicated artwork, and, as you can see, it can really pay off!

Using our Graphics for Your Custom Picks!

Thinking of creating a custom designed guitar pick? We wanted to let you know that we have a lot of graphics available in our design interface that you can use to help create your design! Some of our customers have specific logos that they want to upload into the design template, but others just want something really cool to put on their picks! Shown in this image are some examples of how customers used our graphics to create their designs. Included here are an orange delrin pick, a white pearl pick, and a white delrin pick. You can easily access our full library of graphics on our website. Start by going to www.claytoncustom.com, and clicking on the “Start Now” button. Once you choose your pick options, you will come to a window with a blank guitar pick. If you click on the “Add Image” button, you will have the option then to use your own graphic, or one of ours! We have many categories available for the graphics, including wedding, religion, shapes, nature, animals, and, of course, music! Explore the design possibilities on our website today!!

Interview with Patrick Vega

Patrick Vega just did an interview with Jason of Rock Zone. We just wanted to share his interview and also thank him for all the kind words on our picks! Patrick was just endorsed by us earlier this year.

1.  Patrick, I know that you endorse Steve Clayton Custom Made Guitar Picks.  First off all, could you please share with our readers how you first met Steve Clayton and what it was about Steve and his company that impressed you the most?

Someone gave me a Clayton pick at a rehearsal studio in downtown L.A. once. I remember that night very well, ’cause the guy had a 9mm pistol sitting on his amp and there was a house on fire across the street:) True story. Anyway, I tried it and liked it. That was my introduction to Clayton.

2.  You have gone online and basically let everyone know how much you think of Steve Clayton’s Guitar picks. What is it about these guitar picks that you find to be so impressive?

Claytons last much longer than most other guitar picks. And I have tried many of them. Most guitar picks wear down easily and I do play a lot and before having found the Claytons it was like this: I always ended up with like a third of the pick after like a few weeks of playing -most picks seemed to almost vaporize!  Also, I like designing things and Clayton has that really cool pick designer on the Clayton website where you can choose whichever pick you want. The gauge, the color and even upload your own art and insert text. How cool is that I like that sort of thing. I have a bunch of tattoos and my logo and stuff that I put on picks and I always make a design for each new release, featuring either the cover art or the font of my albums. That is how the Patrick Vega Signature Guitar Pick Series was born.

3.  As far as your custom guitar picks Patrick, do you get to come up with the

designs for the Guitar Picks or does Steve Clayton have someone who

comes up with the idea as far as the artwork/design of these guitar picks?

There are a lot of pictures and designs you can use that are pre-made by Clayton, but my picks are all me. I just received the new guitar picks that I designed in commemoration of the release of my new record ANIMA. Those designs are the first ones officially sponsored by Guitar Picks by Steve Clayton Inc. and turned out really cool.

4.  What has been your biggest seller of these guitar picks so far?

The awesome thing about a guitar pick is that it’s not only a very personal item to give away to fans (everybody loves picks) but that it is actually a highly collectible item. Especially since I do a design for each release. Plus they are being shipped out with every order of Pickbay Guitar Pick pendants which I am also endorsed by. I actually design the picks around the Pickbays, so they nicely fit in the pendants.

5.  Do you have a favorite Patrick Vega guitar pick that Steve Clayton makes?

For playing purposes I exclusively use the Clayton “Acetal”, 1.00mm gauge picks. I am after all a pretty technical player and use a lot of picking. Heavier gauge picks just seem to have a better string response; they don’t bend. I use Clayton’s standard shape. As a give away it varies. Clayton makes many cool designs so that enables me to always change it up a bit and come up with something really cool and exciting every time. For example, one of the new designs is a really cool black celluloid, medium gauge pick, featuring my logo, website and the original ANIMA font.

6.  How can our readers find out more about these custom guitar picks?

7.  As a Guitar Player, Patrick, what do you see as the advantage of having your own signature guitar picks?

Guitar picks are pretty important and actually a very underrated piece of gear (everyone is sooooo very particular about gauge, shape and material). Guitar picks are a very personal item/accessory for a guitar player. It makes a huge difference in your playing and also they’re like a tiny business card!

I always seem to lose a lot of picks, they end up everywhere (I usually find a bunch of them in the car, or the couch, or the washer or the dryer after doing laundry). And I always give some out at clinics and shows. People dig it. It’s something you can take home from a show and keep as a little souvenir. I still have all the signature picks that I caught at shows or clinics and it’s a cool thing to have. The guys actually used them to play the stuff you dig so much. Guitar picks rule.

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Fantastic Full Bleeds!

We wanted to show off a few of the really cool designs that customers have created recently for custom guitar picks. These are customers who did not hold back when designing their picks; they have a lot of color and detail and they all came out great on our picks! These customers all chose the “full bleed” option for their guitar picks. This means that, instead of having a small border around the artwork, the design will bleed right to the edge of the pick. It is a little bit more expensive to choose this option for custom picks, but it is well worth it to have designs that are as awesome as these. Most of our pick materials include the overbleed option. The pick materials shown here are white delrin (the middle pick) and acetal (the two outside picks). These materials are great for full bleed because they also allow for full color designs, so you can let your imagination run wild. Design your custom guitar pick on our custom design site today, and try out the Full Bleed option!