Why Choose Clayton

Wedding Bells Ring on 10-10-10

We had to write a blog about this, because we have noticed that, lately, we have received numerous custom guitar pick orders for weddings that are on October 10, 2010. We have already discovered that custom guitar picks can be a very popular idea for use in weddings, and now we have even more wedding pick orders for this special date that is approaching! If you are planning a 10/10/10 wedding, or a wedding on any date in the near future, you should consider adding custom guitar picks to your planning. They can be used in save-the-dates, invitations, as favors for guests, as part of the decorations….you name it! Shown here are a couple of examples of some of the designs that we have gotten lately. We especially like the design for the ultem pick (on the right), because ultem is not a commonly chosen material for weddings, but this design looks awesome! The tan color of the ultem picks are great for weddings in autumn. They can support designs with red, brown, or black colors, so if these colors are in your wedding scheme, give ultems a try! Design your custom wedding guitar picks today at www.claytoncustom.com.

Picture Yourself!

Did you know that Clayton can customize guitar picks using full color photos? We can!! Shown here are some examples of custom guitar pick designs submitted by our customers who chose to use photos of themselves to customize their picks. We can do full color or greyscale photos on any of our white material picks. In this photo, all three white pick materials that we offer for customization are represented; white pearl, white delrin, and acetal (left to right). The photo on the far left was a perfect match for our white pearl picks, because it has water in the background and the marbleized material added the perfect effect. The photo in the middle was converted to greyscale for a classic look, and the photo on the right looks fantastic on our acetal material. Custom guitar picks with personal photos on them can be a great promotional item for solo artists or bands. Photos can also be perfect for wedding guitar picks! Upload your photo into our custom design interface today at www.claytoncustom.com.

Brighten up!

Are you looking for a bright pick that will catch people’s attention? Or maybe you just want a very specific color for your guitar picks? Give  our colored pearls a try!  We offer colored delrin custom guitar picks, but sometimes we find that customers are looking for a very specific color that is not available in delrin. Also, the colors of the delrins are dictated by the gauges (for example, red = .5mm gauge), but sometimes someone is looking for a color of pick in a different gauge than the one offered for colored delrin. This is when we recommend the colored pearls because they come in a very wide variety of colors, and several gauges. For our colored pearl picks, we offer .3, .5, .63, .8, 1, 1.26, and we have both standard and rounded triangle shapes. Colored pearls make great wedding picks, because they can be matched to the color scheme of the wedding, and they have a classy, marbleized look. Design your custom colored pearls today…but don’t forget to make sure that your design is in black ink only!! Custom Design Site.

Muck and The Mires

Band from Boston, Massachusetts signs with Clayton.  Once Evan Shore, from the band discovered we do custom guitar picks he switched the whole band to Clayton custom picks.  On 2004, the group released its first proper album, Beginner’s Muck, on their AMP label.  This band was featured on MTV as they were the co-winners of Little Steven’s Underground Garage Battle of the Bands.  Kim Fowler produced the band and they have had huge success since the start.  We are so happy to endorse such a great rock band.  Bring your rock to Steve Clayton’s custom picks like Muck and The Mires have!  Just click on start now and get your custom picks today!  For more information and shows for the band click on Muck and The Mires.

Clayton Color

Are you looking to design a custom guitar pick, and you have a very specific color in mind? We want you to know that if you are designing a Clayton custom pick, and your choice of pick material is white, you are able to choose single color printing and have any color you want on your custom guitar picks! Shown here are the three types of white guitar picks that we offer, which include white delrin, acetal, and white pearl. Most customers who are choosing a single color design will pick black, but these are examples of customers who wanted another color for the print, and the pricing is the same! To have this option, all you have to do is choose “one color” for the print color options in our custom design page, and then click on the color box to choose which color you want for the print. If you use text in your custom pick design, the text will automatically be the color that you choose. If you have a graphic, the Clayton team will convert it to the color that you want! This can be an especially great option for wedding picks. Sometimes, the colors of picks that we offer do not match exact wedding colors. So, instead, you can choose a white pick and have your design printed in a color that matches the wedding scheme perfectly! Design your custom pick today at www.claytoncustom.com

More Endorsed Artists Sign With Steve Clayton

We are excited to announce the new endorsed artists!   Chad Johnson And Down 1450 have become endorsed by Steve Clayton, check out their impressive website down1450band.com.  A band that all started in Austin, TX make sure to turn the volume up for their music.  The song “Take it Easy,” will bring a smile to your face after listening to it.  

Artist Blind Dog Cooley has joined the endorsement list here at Clayton. Jon Cooley bought his first electric guitar from earning money from his paper route back in eighth grade.  His musical influence comes from blues artist Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, and Omar and the Howlers.  You can find more information about Jon Cooley through his website Blind Dog Cooley.

Jody Britt, Josh Davis, and Mike Opeka all from the band Boss Hawg have also signed with Steve Clayton.  This band definitely has that electric true classic rock sound from their music.  They are a Florida band and you can hear the southern sound they create.  Make sure to stop by their website for show times and locations www.boss-hawgband.com

New Endorsed Artist Will McCranie Signs With Steve Clayton

Grab your coffee and enjoy the songs from Will McCranie.  He has a great voice and a similar style to the Goo Goo Dolls.  In fact, McCranie has actually opened for the Goo Goo Dolls.  He said he stumbled upon our Steve Clayton picks in a music store and has since used them for about 5 years.  We are happy to endorse such a talented artist and feel Will McCranie will be making it big in the near future.

His 52/52 Project is impressive with one new song each week for the year of 2010. You can findout more at 5252Project.com.  Check out his popular song titles “Everything” and “It Ain’t Like Georgia” on his myspace.  Congratulations Will we look forward to following you this year!  If you’d like to be endorsed please send us your band information through our endorsements online submission.

Full Color Ultem

When customers submit designs to Steve Clayton to get printed onto custom guitar picks, many want to use beautiful designs with a lot of color in them. For the most part, we can only offer full color printing on our white picks, and any of our colored picks must have only black printing. The exception are our ultem picks. Ultems are a classic looking pick, with a light tan color that give them a rustic, almost-wooden appearance. Guitar players love them for the clear sound quality that they provide and the non-slip feel of the material itself. And, even though ultems are not white, we are able to print more than one color on them. Ultem picks can have any design that includes black, brown, and/or red colors. All three of these colors look great against the tan of the pick. Shown here is a perfect example of a full color ultem design. As you can see, the three colors were used to great effect on this logo and the detail in the design came out perfectly. Ultem picks are a versatile material that we have available in three different shapes and eight different gauges. You can design your custom Clayton ultem pick at www.claytoncustom.com. Don’t be afraid to use all three colors either, because with ultems, the full color and single color pricing are the same!! Have fun!

Little Big Town Meets Clayton Crew

What an amazing show we got to see here in Southern Oregon. Our new Jackson County Amphitheater is a perfect place for artists to perform. Last Tuesday, at the Jackson County Fair, Little Big Town invited us out to meet them and to watch their amazing performance. Thank you Mark Wheeler, and Bobby Simmons for working with us and Little Big Town to make it all happen. We look forward to making more custom guitar picks for these stars in the future.

You’ll notice in the photo of Phillip Sweet, playing his guitar, you can see the clayton picks all over each microphone stand.  At times Phillip would toss them out to the crowd.  Phillip uses our .80mm acetal guitar picks, along with our frostbyte .94mm grip picks. Jimmy and Phillip expressed some new interest in our ultem guitar picks, which you can see in the picture also.  Make sure to stop by our featured artist page from time to time as you may see these artists there soon.

Great rock band, “Blackwater James Band” signs with Clayton

As their website states, “They are the swagger of the south, the energy of the sunset strip, the attitude of the borrows, and the dark side of bourbon street are just a few of the ingredients that make Blackwater James the new definition of rock n’ roll.” Dawn Greer Editor of Rock Music United says, “Blackwater James is definetly a great new band to be on the lookout for.” The band comes from the country capitol Nashville, TN. Despite the location they are definitely in the rock and roll genre and can be seen throughout the Nashville area. Make sure to stop by their website to see where they are playing.

Read more:http://www.myspace.com/blackwaterjames#ixzz0uGdcDX2A

Enjoyment For Your Eyes and Ears… TallBoy’s New Video

Tallboy has put out a new video we wanted to share that is demonstrating why their music is making quite the presence around here.  This local Medford Oregon band is currently endorsed by us and we are happy to hear more of their rockin tunes.  They are currently mixing a new album that is set to release in September.  I just spoke with bassist Angel Alvarez and he has told me they have a lot of up coming shows fans need to see.  July 21rst at Vibes, Shenanigans July 31rst, and the Medford Armory August 30th are all upcoming shows.  You can find out more by clicking on TallBoy.  Tallboy uses our orange and yellow custom delrin picks to play with while performing.  They also love to throw them out to their fans to get them more involved with the show.  You can find their picks on our facebook page for viewing.

Enjoy the video!  If you’d like to be endorsed too just click on our endorsement link and submit your information to us online.  It’s new and simple, you can start here!

Hot Stamp Foil Picks That Should Be…

Take a look at these pretty Hot Stamp Foil Guitar Picks. One of my favorites as they are always a surprise to see the color come out, almost silky looking with a beautiful bright shine. If you play the electric guitar, you’ll want these picks on stage as they look pretty hot with their bright silver and gold foil.  We have other foil colors you can choose from like purple or red.  The wolf in the design here is a great example of what you can do for a hot stamp foil custom pick.  These picks can take about 4-6 weeks to produce, but they are definitely worth the wait.  The classic’s restaurant & lounge really hits the mark for finding the right pick style with their brand.  We want to see your creativity on the hot stamp foil picks!  Explore our designer and find the perfect design for you today!

White Pearls With Style

These white pearl custom picks are a must see. They all have their unique styles. The wavy peace symbol with the wavy pearl is a great match for the style of artwork. The fireworks on the Opry design look almost real as the white pearl provides a little twinkle to the sparks. If your going to give away guitar picks, I’d highly recommend our white pearl picks because they make an excellent presence with the pretty pearl look. If you have questions about our white pearl picks don’t hesitate to give us a call with your questions we’ll be glad to help. Just dial 1-877-752-9484. You can also learn a lot about our picks by clicking on our FAQs.

Getting Funky with the Miller Anderson Band

A little while ago, we posted a blog about customers of Steve Clayton, Inc. using caricatures for their custom pick designs. Shown here is a perfect example of this type of design submitted by Kris Gray, bassist for the Miller Anderson Band. The pick is a rounded triangle acetal, 1.26mm gauge, with a double sided imprint. Kris said that he doesn’t always use picks (when playing) but when he does, ours are always the best, and he gets asked for them a lot so he wanted some to have as give-aways. These picks are a perfect item for Kris to give to his fans, with his name on one side and a cartoon image of him on the other. A little about the band: Miller Anderson himself played at Woodstock, as singer and guitarist for The Keef Hartley Band. He has since worked with Mountain, T Rex, Deep Purple, Donovan, Savoy Brown and Spencer Davis. The band is currently touring Europe, with upcoming performances in the UK, Poland, and Germany. You can check out a video of their performance of High Tide and High Water here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcI1MFcLElE, and be sure to look for Kris on the bass! You can also visit their website at www.milleranderson.co.uk. To design your give-away pick: Our Custom Design Site.

Get the Classic Look

At Steve Clayton, we offer a variety of picks for custom design. One of the materials that can be used for custom creations is called ultem. Ultem picks are a favorite of our customers because of the high tone quality that they provide, and the grainy non-slip feel of the material itself. Ultem picks are available in three different shapes; standard, rounded triangle, and teardrop. You may also choose from 8 different gauges, ranging from a very flexible .38mm to an extra-heavy 1.2mm. Ultem picks can work with designs of single or multiple colors. However, when you design your custom ultem pick on our design site, keep in mind that black, brown, and red are the print color options available. Don’t be shy to use all three colors in your design, because, as you can see by the image shown here, they all look great against the tan background of the pick. So, if you are looking for a classic look for your personal picks, give ultem a try!

White Delrins And Their Colorful Designs

Now is the time to let your color shine with our white delrin guitar picks.  The white delrin picks provide

that extra charge for your color.  In this photo you’ll find the pink, orange, and green colors are really getting all of the attention in these designs.  We have mentioned the white pearls also bring out bright colors well, but the white delrins can be another great option.  If your wondering if artist enjoy to play with these, just ask our endorsed artist Eric Church.  He uses our white delrins and has used them ever since he started playing the guitar.  So bring your colorful ideas to our designer and start making your custom picks today!

The Classic Crime Signs With Steve Clayton

The Classic Crime has now signed with Steve Clayton. We are excited to support such a talented band from the Seattle area. Vagabonds debuted as the #4 best selling Rock album on Itunes and was as high as #20 on the top overall 100 albums on Itunes.  The band has nearly 10 million plays on Myspace. Bassist Alan Clark talks about why he chooses Steve Clayton Picks “I started using Clayton acetal triangle (.88 mm) picks 5 years ago when we started touring as The Classic Crime. The picks I was using before did not feel comfortable for my style of bass playing. I needed something with a little bit more surface to hold on to. The triangle shaped really helps because it doesn’t matter if the pick turns on me It’s the same shape all around. I’ve only broken one for the 5 years I’ve been playing them. I actually lose them or sign them for fans before they get worn out or break. So I’ve never used them to their full potential.” If you would like to learn more about The Classic Crime be sure to check out their website http://www.theclassiccrime.com/.

Fans Screaming For Steve Clayton Picks!

We just wanted to show you what the fans think about our Steve Clayton Picks.  Music Makes Music shows why artists and fans can both enjoy our custom guitar picks.  If you would like your fans to have the same reaction for your picks I’d suggest you get your rockstar Steve Clayton custom guitar picks.  Photos, clip art, text, and all artwork can all be placed on our custom picks. Just go to steve clayton custom guitar picks and start your design today.

Make sure to stop by and support our friends at Music Makes Music.  This is a great program to get students involved with music to help them stay in school and graduate.  This video was taken at one of their shows.  The necklace was made for them also.  If you would like to have necklaces with your picks just give our customer service a call at 877.752.9484.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIBll-DpKPQ

Rock Star Lesson On Custom Guitar Picks!

Every rock star needs their own custom guitar picks!  The Tone King has put together an amazing video that shows you how to place a custom guitar pick order through our website claytoncustom.com.  His demonstration shows how fun and simple it is to get your custom guitar picks.  In the video you’ll find the step-by-step process it takes to create these rock star picks.  If you would like to show your friends how to place an order this is the blog to bring them to.  Just tell them to go to SteveClayton.com and become a rock star today!  To get the ultimate reviews on gear and more info about The Tone King just visit his website thetoneking.com

Danny Miranda From Queen Signs With Steve Clayton

Danny Miranda has signed with Steve Clayton and told us today he is currently touring with Meatloaf.  Miranda chooses to play with our black raven rounded triangle .8mm and 1.0mm guitar picks.   He has played are recorded with many big name bands such as Queen, Blue Oyster Cult, and Faith And Fire.  Queen has produced 18 number one albums including their big hit “Bohemian Rhapsody” which was number one for nine weeks in the UK charts.  Below you can watch his bass solo with Queen from a live performance in 2008.  The Blue Oyster Cult’s music has been placed recently in video game soundtracks for Rock Band, Guitar Hero, and Shaun White Snowboarding featuring their hits.  We are happy to support such talented artists.  If you would like to be endorsed by Steve Clayton you may find out how through our contact information.

The Lighter Side

When customers are designing custom picks to order from us, we usually advise against light colors because they don’t always print as well as bold, bright designs. However, if you have an awesome design with some lighter shades in it, we definitely recommend our acetal picks. Acetals are white, with a slight opaque quality to them. They are available in eight different gauges ranging from .38 mm to 1.9mm. They are also available in three different shapes; standard, rounded triangle and teardrop. We usually recommend acetal picks for photo designs as well. Because acetals are “grainy” and opaque, they hold light colors and lots of detail better than some of the other picks we offer for custom design. Shown here are some light-colored designs that we are proud of. The cupcake pick in this image was a good alternative to pink delrin, so that it could have a full color design instead of just black. The pick with caricatures on it is for a wedding…the perfect whimsical favor to give to guests! So if you tend to gravitate towards the lighter side when creating your custom pick designs, definitely go for acetal, starting at just $49 for 100 picks!! Design your pick here.

White Pearl Picks Demanding To Rock Out

If you want to rock with your music let our white pearls provide the extra energy to your performance.  The white pearl custom guitar picks are a great choice for vibrant colors and colors that need a little extra to make them stand out. If you didn’t notice our pick of the week, from Bon Journey, you’ll see why they chose our pearl clayton guitar picks. The pearl look has been very popular for guitars and guitar picks. Our custom design team has been recommending the white pearl picks for light colors and brighter colors so that they come out well like the picks in the photo. To provide a little extra texture to your design the pearls help making a three dimensional look such like the Hadlock pick with the flames.  If you’d like to become a rockstar be sure to make your picks through our website claytoncustom.com

New Featured Artist Eric Church Supports Nashville with Flood Relief

Just recently Eric Church has helped out Nashville’s Humane Society by providing some supplies after the devastating floods. He has been asking for additional support from his fans.  You can support Nashville by going to Donate Nashville.  He currently is our featured artist on steveclayton.com.  His big hits “Love Your Love the Most,” and “Hell On The Heart”  are on his latest album Carolina.  Carolina debuted at #17 on the billboards top 200 list.  He chooses to play with our white delrin standard shape .8mm guitar picks and our rounded triangle pearl picks.

He will be putting on great shows throughout the year as he headlines the 2010 Jagermiester Country Music Tour. Find our more news and info through ericchurch.com.

Spotlight Pick Art

Shown here is an example of a design that is so cool that we could not resist showing it off in our blog. These are full bleed, two-sided rounded triangle acetal picks, and we thought that the art was perfect for this type of pick. At Steve Clayton, we are known for being able to produce some pick designs that can be pretty detailed and rich in color, and we  often have customers that submit high quality photos or art that they want to put on a guitar pick. The art for these picks was created by Richard Salcido. He is an artist from San Diego, and his art has been inspired by comic books and graffiti seen on streets and in magazine ads. In the past decade, he has had exhibitions all over the country, and now his art is on Clayton picks! If you would like to have a look at more of his work, you can visit www.richardsalcido.com. We are always ready to get some more great designs like this to print on custom guitar picks, so if you would like to try out some of your own artwork in our website guitar pick designer, visit www.claytoncustom.com!

Ultem Picks, #1 In Customer Ratings

The ultem picks are my personal favorite guitar pick to play with.  These picks are great because they provide a good grip and are a strong durable material.  They also provide an appealing transparent look.  Just recently we had mentioned about how on our Musician’s Friend’s website the Steve Clayton ultem standard guitar picks are ranked first in customer ratings.  I personally prefer to play my acoustic guitar with the ultem picks as it provides consistent tone and volume.  Recently I have noticed some excellent art work on our ultem guitar picks as pictured.  If you are ordering your ultem custom picks make sure to let us know what color ink you would like.  It does not cost more to put our red, brown and black ink on the ultem pick.  If you haven’t tried our ultem picks out yet, you are definitely missing out.  Place your order today and have fun with our custom ultem guitar picks!   Just go to steveclayton.com and click on clayton custom.

Win Picks! Discount Ending Soon! More Info On Our Facebook Page!

Musicians, artists, friends, and family be sure to stop by our facebook page this weekend to take advantage of our limited time discount for custom orders!  We have a special discount that will end on 5/10/10 at 11:59pm.  Just go to our facebook page each day to find the special code!

We are also having a special contest where you can win custom guitar picks!  In honoring our facebook launch we will randomly give away a set of 100 custom picks you design at $75 value.  Each week for 2 months we’ll give the winners their set of 100.  Just make sure to become our facebook fans, place your custom order and see if you win.

Here are some ideas for simple designs people have made as shown in the picks below.  Do you have a special occasion coming up soon?  Birthday, wedding, or special event?  Many of our valued customers love to put special dates on our picks and give them as gifts.  Our designer page www.claytoncustom.com makes making special occasion picks easy.  Just discover yourself.  Below are some examples of custom guitar picks that were made all from the tools in our designer page.

Dive Deeper into the World of Music and Guitars

At Steve Clayton, guitars and guitar accessories are our specialty, and we like to stay in touch with the world of music that surrounds our business. We are known for high quality picks, and our unique ability to create custom picks for our customers. Two of our favorite sites are www.guitartricks.com and www.pandora.com. Many people listen to Pandora, and we use the site to keep up with different varieties of music and up-and-coming artists, some of which use our picks! Many popular artists today love to have personalized guitar picks, and Steve Clayton is known for being able to use signatures, logos, photos, etc. to add the personalized effect to your favorite kind of pick. Guitar Tricks is a great resource for all guitarists as a online guitar lesson company. Guitar Tricks adheres to the individual needs of their students through lessons, just as Steve Clayton adheres to the individual needs of customers by providing a variety of top-notch guitar accessories and picks. So power your passion for music and guitars by visiting these sites: www.pandora.comwww.guitartricks.com and, of course, www.claytoncustom.com!

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

Pittsburgh Band, Bon-Journey Signs with Steve Clayton

Tony DiCesaro, the lead singer of Bon-Journey contacted me and asked if they could be endorsed by us. I got their promo package in the mail and was very impressed with the bands music and how they presented themselves to us. They are an awesome Pittsburgh band which is a tribute band for Bon Jovi and Journey. If you’re looking for a good show be sure to check out their schedule on their website www.bonjourneyshow.com


Check back later to see the amazing custom picks made for the Bon-Journey Show Band.  It will be featured in our pick of the week blogs.

Independent Artist Sally Debauchery Signs With Steve Clayton

Sally Debauchery is an independent artist and model that works with many bands.  When she was 17 years old she received her first bass as a gift from her friend, Shavo Odadjian, from the band System of a Down.  In 2009, Debauchery has made a guest appearance, recording bass on Team Cybergeist’s song “Justified.” Debauchery chooses Steve Clayton picks because she has a hard time finding the right size pick in stores. She likes to use our 1.26mm acetal guitar picks.  She has been using our picks for years and claims she is hooked on them.  Debauchery and many other bassist are finding the heavy gauge acetal picks are a great choice. Sally is determined to pave the way for female musicians as she continues to leave her mark on the entertainment industry.  For more information about Sally Debauchery you can find her on myspace, or her website http://www.myspace.com/ddevild0ll