Guitar Accessory Tips

Sounds of Summer

Memorial Day is fast approaching, which marks the start of the summer season. To us, summer means concerts! Whether it’s a local fair, a 4th of July celebration, or a concert in the park, custom guitar picks can make a great addition to your show! Fans love it when custom printed guitar picks are thrown out into the audience for people to catch. They can also be given as novelty items before or after the concert. Custom picks make memorable tokens to help remind people of the amazing time they had at your show! So visit our website today at www.claytoncustom.com to start designing your own custom guitar picks, in preparation for the up-and-coming summer season!

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Don’t Forget Our Slides!

As a company that specializes in guitar picks and custom picks, it is sometimes overlooked that we have many other amazing guitar accessory products to offer! One of these is our Brass Socket Slide.  This slide has the same type of ridged interior that would be found in a tool socket, which musicians have been known to use in lieu of a guitar slide because the ridges keep it locked on your finger. However, actual tool sockets tend to be heavy on one end, so Clayton USA came up with the Socket Slide solution! With equalized weight on both ends of the slide, the result is consistent balance, weight, and tone. Specifically, Clayton USA chose to make the slide brass for enhanced quality and sustainability of the tone. Plus, as if this weren’t enough, a cut-out relief has been added for extra comfort while playing.

Check out these amazing slides and order one today at http://steveclaytonstore.com/product/brass-socket-slides/!

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Pick Versatility – Picks with Holes

Have you ever thought about taking your custom guitar picks to the next level by making them into earrings, necklaces, or key chains? We can help get you started with our new Picks with Holes option! Now, on our website at www.claytoncustom.com, you can order custom “Picks with Holes” guitar picks, so that you can have your custom design printed on the picks, and they already have a pre-drilled hole at the top so they can easily be made into novelty items!

Picks with Holes are made from the same material as our white Eco picks, and they can be printed with single or full color art designs, one or two sides, and with a full bleed option. Starting at just $69.00 for 100 quantity. Order today at www.claytoncustom.com!

 

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Simply Glowing!

Have a big concert coming up? Want some amazing custom guitar picks that you can throw into the crowd? Try out our glow in the dark custom picks! Your fans will go crazy when you use a pick to play and then toss it out for someone to snatch…and they will actually be able to see them, even if it’s dark, because they glow! They are also great for keeping with you backstage so that you are not fumbling around, trying to find your pick, when you are needed on stage! Just remember that these picks are one of our specialty items, and they take longer to make than some of our other materials so you will want to plan ahead when placing your order.

Order your own awesome custom-printed glow in the dark picks at www.claytoncustom.com today!

 

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Even more Exotic…

In case you may not have seen when browsing our website — we added four new types of Exotic picks to our guitar pick line this year! We now have two types of Jazz Exotic picks: Black Horn and Bone (same materials as the Bone and Horn picks that we already had, but in a new shape that is tailored specifically for increased attack and fast response that is needed when breaking out the jazz chords). We are also offering two entirely new materials: Paddock and Wedge Wood.  Paddock picks are made for creating a warm, loud and earthy tone off of your strings, while the Wedge Woods are formulated to create a strikingly bright sound. To try out these new Exotic pick types, visit our site at http://www.steveclayton.com/exotics.php today!

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Shine On!

Hey Clayton Fans! Just a post to remind you that, even though we specialize in making guitar picks and custom picks, we do offer other amazing guitar accessories! These guitar essentials include polish products, and we offer two different types!

We carry Pro Lemon polish that will replenish the essential oils in your guitar without the odors and harsh chemicals of other polishes. When used, it will clean and condition the finish of any wooden instrument…so try it on your ukulele too! 😉

The other polish that we offer is called Pro Shine. This cleans and finishes your guitar with a beautiful shine without any build-up. It is non-toxic and is made from all natural and organic oils.

Try out one of these today! http://www.steveclayton.com/polish.php

Don’t forget to have a look at our Pro Buff and String Zip cloths as well!

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Don’t Forget the Fathers!

Father’s Day will be here before you know it, don’t be caught unprepared! Clayton custom guitar picks are a great gift for the Dad who dabbles in music. They are both useful and personal, and most of our custom pick orders ship out within a few days! Below is an example design for Father’s Day picks that was ordered by one of our customers to give you some inspiration. Add Dad’s name, or a personal message, or even a photo to his custom picks, and he will have something to remember his awesome Father’s Day every time he picks up his guitar!

Order today at www.claytoncustom.com!

 

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Which White?

Over the years, Clayton, USA has added more and more pick options to our custom guitar pick line. I have realized that, currently, we offer five different white guitar pick options for custom printing, and some of you may be wondering which white pick material will be best for you?

Here is a quick guide to help you out!

1. White Delrin Picks: These are basic, bright white picks, similar to tortex material. They have a semi-gloss finish. They work best with dark, bright, and bold colors for custom designs. Black print is the best for this material.

2. Acetal Picks: Some customers choose acetal for custom picks because they have already tried our regular Clayton acetal picks and love them! Acetal picks are professional grade; known for having an excellent grip to them. They work well with a variety of colors for designs, as long as the shades are not too light. They are semi-transparent, so you want to keep this in mind for two-sided designs. They also can support full bleed backgrounds (except black) and photos.

3. Eco Picks: Eco picks are playable guitar picks, though they are not as durable as some of our other materials because they are a biodegradable plastic. However, if you are getting picks purely for promotional use, or give-aways, they are awesome because they can support absolutely ANY artwork. We have done photos, light color shades, high detail designs, and full coverage backgrounds, and they always turn out beautifully on Eco material!

4. White Pearl Picks: Our white pearl material is distinctive because it is marbleized, and has a glossy finish. These picks also work great with a wide variety of colors and can support light color shades (even light grey). You will just want to be aware that the marbleized quality will show through in the design that is printed on them (unless it is black print).

5. Carbonate Picks: Carbonate material is plain white, like white delrin, but with a gloss finish like white pearl. Carbonate, like white delrin, works best with bright and bold colors for the designs. We offer carbonate picks as our less-than-100 pick option… You can get custom carbonate picks in sets of 30 or 60, while our other white pick options have a minimum order quantity of 100.

To order your custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

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Foxy

I just had to do a post on these awesome foxy picks! Foxes happen to be one of my favorite animals, so I fell in love with this design. Our customer submitted a beautiful full color fox photo to have printed on our white pearl picks. Sometimes photos are not the best for white pearl material because of the marbleized quality, but in this case it was the perfect choice. The marbleized material adds a very artistic element to the image; almost as if it is a watercolor painting. It also creates a reflective light quality that makes the colors especially vibrant. This customer also chose the full bleed print option, so that the art runs all the way to the very edge of the pick. To order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

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Pick-Or-Treat!

It’s time to get in the spirit!! Halloween is just around the corner, and it is not too late to order Halloween-themed picks for concerts, events, parties, or gifts! Surprise friends with Freddy or Jason when your order our Movie series guitar picks; available in Friday the 13th glow in the dark picks that look like Jason’s mask, or Nightmare on Elm Street that feature three different Freddy Krueger designs. Check them out at http://www.steveclayton.com/moviepicks.php. Of course, don’t forget about custom picks! We offer orange delrin guitar picks that can be imprinted with a black ink design, and they ship out in just 48 hours! Custom picks also make great favors for Halloween-themed weddings! So visit www.claytoncustom.com to create and order your own custom designed Hallow-picks today!

 

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(Ultem)ate

Here are some cool new custom guitar picks ordered by one of our customers! :

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These picks were made on our classic Ultem material. Ultem picks are known for best resembling the sound quality of a true tortoiseshell pick without being actually made from tortoiseshell. They are light tan/gold in color, and they work great with brown and black designs like the one shown. The shape of these picks is rounded triangle, which is a popular choice amongst bassists. To order your own ultem picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Summer Strum


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Summer is upon us! For all of those summer camps that are starting up, what better way to advertise than by passing out custom guitar picks with your summer camp logo/website! Guitar picks are more durable and less likely to get thrown away than business cards or fliers. Or, if your camp has already started, custom picks are a great memento or prize to hand out to your campers! The picks shown in this image were made on our white pearl guitar pick material, but we offer a variety of other pick materials for custom printing, including Eco-friendly picks! Create and order your own custom summer picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Knock on Wood

Scatter3Check out these awesome faux-wood custom guitar picks! One of our fabulous Clayton customers placed an order for custom picks with a design that had a wood background and the silhouette of a gecko on it. We determined that the design turned out the best when printed on our Eco pick material. The crazy thing is that when they have the wood print on them they actually feel like wooden picks! The consistency of the Eco material is like that of a light wood material. We thought it was so cool that they turned out that way! Also, the overbleed option was used so that you can hardly tell that the pick is white underneath the print. To order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com. Eco picks are new to our custom pick line; give them a try!

Spiketastic

Are you looking for the quality of pick that you have come to expect from the Clayton brand, but with some extra attack for those speed riffs? Look no further than our Clayton USA Spike series. Available in 3 different shapes and 3 different gauges, these picks possess extra sharp edges and pointed tips that will allow you to get that killer attack you’ve been dying to unleash. Also, the Spikes are made out of the same pick material as our Ultem Gold series, so that you know they have the strength to stand the test of time, even after endless nights of hard-core rocking out. To order your Spike picks, visit http://www.steveclayton.com/spike.php today!

Shine On…

Sometimes we get so caught up in featuring our different guitar pick and custom pick items, we forget to showcase our other guitar accessories! For example we offer two types of guitar polish; Pro Lemon Oil Polish and Pro Shine guitar polish. You may be wondering what the difference is between these two items and what would work best for you. Here is some further info:

Pro Lemon is an oil-based shine. It can be used to polish your guitar or piano, even your furniture, and condition your fret board.

The Pro Shine guitar polish is special, as it will not lead to any wax build-up from continual usage.

Both are non-toxic. Be sure to shake guitar polish before applying. Both products offer the same high quality finish for your guitar; it is just a matter of personal preference for which one is chosen.

To order your Pro Lemon or Pro Shine polish, visit http://www.steveclayton.com/polish.php today! Both items are available for only $4.98 per bottle!

 

Pick of the Week — Danny Lee

Danny Lee is an accomplished performer, writer, composer and instructor.  With over 40 years of musical background, Danny’s influences are diverse and quite eclectic.  His own musical style, though rock-oriented, displays this diversity in his own playing and compositions.  Adept on a multitude of instruments, Danny favors the guitar as it satiates his musical style with its rhythmic, percussive, electronic, and dynamic capabilities … enabling him to put his particular and vast musical taste on a palette with all the colors of his choosing.  Though still in demand as a performer, Danny has focused his attention on instruction of late, all the while still creating his own unique blend of recordings.  Chief among Danny’s influences include artists such as: Joe Satriani, Randy Rhoads, Yngwie Malmsteen, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page just to mention a few. Danny currently resides in Dallas, Texas and still records in his home studio.  If you are looking for a hired gun on guitar, or interested in guitar, bass, keyboard or drum lessons you can contact Danny at  dannyleechatfield@gmail.com.

Danny’s custom design was printed on our acetal guitar picks. We love the bold look of the silhouette against the warm flame colors. On the back of the picks is a full flame background with Danny’s signature, which also is very eye-catching. For the design, the full bleed print option was utilized…meaning that the design goes all the way to the edge of the picks instead of having a small border around the edge of the art.

To order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Check Out Our New Catalog!

Hey Clayton Fans! Every year, we issue a new catalog of our products, including new items that we have just added! Our 2013 catalog is now available to download and browse through at http://www.steveclayton.com/mag/index.html. We are very excited, because this year each catalog page features a photo spread of a high profile musical artist or band that uses Clayton picks. This way, you can get an idea of what type of Clayton picks are used by guitarists in the big-time music biz! Also, keep an eye out for a couple new guitar picks that we will be adding for sale on our site as 2013 gets rolling 🙂 Since Clayton has endorsement deals with musicians from a wide variety of musical genres, knowing what type of picks these artists use may also help you to figure out what picks will work best for you.

Frosty

Happy New Year Clayton Fans! For many of us, it is now the time of year that means snow, frost, and that chilly bite in the air. Why not harness the power of winter to break the ice with your music? If you have not gotten the chance already, now is the time to try our Clayton Brand Frost-Byte picks. Made out of nylon pick material, these picks have a circle of textured surface that allows for maximum grip control on your pick while playing. This non-slip material is so sturdy, you will feel like the pick is practically frozen onto your fingers! These super “cool” picks are available in six different gauges, including .53mm, .66mm, .80mm, .94mm, 1.08mm and 1.22mm. The come in standard issue packs of twelve. Order today at http://www.steveclayton.com/frostbyte.php!

 

Start Your Design Now!

We are going to share a little secret with our devoted blog-readers; today is a great day to start working on a custom guitar pick design, because our Christmas Sale starts tomorrow! Make sure to sign up for our newsletters with your email on our contact page. You will automatically have an e-mail blast sent to you tomorrow with a discount code for 15% off your entire order! It’s not too late to order custom picks for holiday gifts, so be sure to take advantage of this sale that will only last three days!

Geocache that Pick!

As many of you know, custom picks are not made solely for musicians. They are often used for advertising, weddings, and even as clasp-openers for jewelry. What we really love is when our customers can combine their love of music with other passions, and this is one of the most interesting combinations that we have heard of so far!

Lisa is “a 40-year-old mum shamelessly playing metal in the attic when the rest of the family is at school/work…” Her second hobby is geocaching. Geocaching is a sort of high-tech treasure hunt where people go looking for boxes hidden by other players with a GPS all over the world.
They are about 5 million players worldwide. One may find little objects in the “geocache” that they can trade with another little object.
Some players make a trading item with their geocaching nickname and drop it in the geocaches. This is where Lisa’s “signature items” come in. Lisa decided, because of her love for electric guitar, that a customized pick would be the perfect treasure: it relates to her, fits easily even in small caches, and is original.
Lisa’s geocaching name is “Mirage Breton” meaning, in French, “Mirage from Brittany”.
Brittany being a region of France heavily influenced by Celtic culture- hence the Triskell design you can partially see on the pick- which represents land, sea and fire.
Lisa writes: “I’m thrilled by the quality of the picks and I have an immense pleasure playing my guitar with ‘my own picks’. I’m also enjoying the fact that these picks are now traveling all over the earth (I travel a lot) and puzzling fellow geocachers…”
Follow Lisa in her geocaching adventures on Twitter at:
http://twitter.com/geoT7

Shown here is the next geocache that Lisa is going to hide with the pick ready to be traded!

Lisa’s picks were made on our white pearl pick material, which gives that 3-D iridescent effect to her design. Order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing all Clayton Customers a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday! With Black Friday tomorrow, you are probably starting to think about that gift list for this year, and Clayton Custom Picks are the perfect present for the musicians in your life! (pssst…we do have a Cyber Monday sale coming up, so be sure to check your e-mail for the promo code!) Start checking off that list early from the comfort of your own home by ordering custom picks on our site at www.claytoncustom.com Starting at just $24.99, and with free shipping options, the gift of custom picks will not break your bank, and they have that personal touch in additional to being a practical item that any guitarist will love! Check our holiday shipping schedule below to make sure you get your order placed on time…the earlier the better! We also offer Custom Pick Gift Cards! Start creating your design today 🙂

All the Pretty Pearls

Our colored pearl custom guitar picks can make an especially unique holiday gift. This is because, along with being able to customize the design of the pick, you can also choose the color of the picks! The colored pearls are custom color matched, so you get to choose from a huge palate of colors when you place your order. Shown below are some examples. If you think that colored pearls might be the perfect gift for the musician in your life, the time to start designing your picks is now. They take about 3-4 weeks to produce, and you will also want to plan for shipping time. So don’t delay! Place your order at www.claytoncustom.com!

Don’t Let Our Thanksgiving Sale Pass You By!

This sale is three days only, so be sure to take advantage of it! Order custom picks now, and automatically get 15% off your order by using the promo code: TK12G. The sale started yesterday, so you can still order anytime today or tomorrow to use the 15% code. To order, visit www.claytoncustom.com and choose and design your picks. Save your design and click on the red “Order Pick” button to place your order. During the order process, you will be prompted for a promo code, so enter in promo code TK12G and the discount will automatically be deducted. Now is the perfect time to get a jump start on that holiday shopping!

Shown here is one of our customers’ custom fall designs, done on our Eco picks in natural…one of our new custom pick items!

Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, Etc.

The holidays are numerous, but one thing that they all have in common is that they are swiftly approaching! The time to order custom picks for holiday gifts is now, especially if you live outside the US. Clayton, Inc., ships all orders from the USA, and we offer worldwide shipping, but you will want to plan for the extra transit time! Our free international shipping option has an average transit time of 4-5 weeks, so the best time to order and still get free shipping is now! Our priority global shipping takes about 1-2 weeks (after the production time of the picks) and for last-minute orders we do offer Fed Ex Rush, with a 2-3 day transit time. Plan ahead and get those orders in early so that you can give your gift of custom picks on your chosen holiday! Order now at www.claytoncustom.com!

It may seem early….

…but the time to order our specialty custom pick items for Christmas is now! We know you are probably out in the shops seeing Christmas decorations popping up everywhere and thinking “Gee whiz, it’s not even Thanksgiving!” But some things are good to get a head start on. Custom guitar picks make a wonderful gift, and here at Clayton we offer a few items that take a little longer to get shipped out than most of our products. These include the black celluloid, glow in the dark and hot stamp foil custom picks. If you have been looking through our site and thinking that you might like to order one of these three types of custom picks for the holiday season, the time to place your order is now! Each of these materials has a 4-6 week production time, and you will want to allow for shipping time as well. Order today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pro Lemon vs. Pro Shine

We get asked often what the difference between our Pro Lemon polish and Pro Shine is. Along with this question we are usually asked if they are non-toxic. The answer to that is yes, they both are non-toxic :-). The Pro Lemon is an oil-based shine. It can be used to polish your guitar or piano, even your furniture, and condition your fret board. The Pro Shine guitar polish is special, as it will not lead to any wax build-up from continual usage.  We suggest that you shake the guitar polish before applying. Both products offer the same high quality finish for your guitar; it is just a matter of personal preference for which one is chosen. Seeking a protective wax finish? Then try out our Carnauba wax as this product would be best for that :-).

Pick-or-Treat

Hey Clayton Customers! Halloween is fast approaching, and with it can come some really big concerts, parties, and musical events! Custom printed guitar picks from Clayton, USA are a great addition to any Halloween celebration, and it is not too late to get them ordered in time for the 31st! Just visit www.claytoncustom.com to start creating your design. Shown here are our colored delrin picks in .60mm orange, which can be imprinted with any black ink design. Single and double-sided printing are both available. These picks have an average production time of just 48 hours!! So, if you are looking for something unique to add to your fright night festivities, order your custom picks today!

Find your Fav!

Are you interested in getting some Clayton professional-quality guitar picks, but are unsure of what style will best suit your needs? Try out our Clayton Variety pack! This pack sells for a low $1.99, and includes six of our most popular guitar picks; Acetal, Ultem, Duraplex, S-Stone, Frostbyte, and Cork Grip. Each pick given is a different gauge, so you can also figure out the thickness of guitar pick that you like the most. In addition, the ultem pick that is included in the variety pack is a rounded triangle shape, in case you decide that the oversized pick is preferential to the standard shape. Three of the materials in the pack are picks that we also offer for customization- the acetal, ultem and Duraplex (also called colored delrin) so if you might want to order custom printed guitar picks, you will know which pick you like best for that! To order your Clayton Pick Variety Pack, visit http://www.steveclayton.com/variety.php today!

ZZ-Zinc-redible!

Looking for a premium pick that will stand the test of time? ZZ-Zinc picks are a new Clayton item that was added to our product line this year! These picks are crafted out of genuine Zinc alloy metal. They are made for producing tones that are clear and high, along with punchy bass and unprecedented volume, due to their heavy mass/metal composition. These picks are popular amongst electric, acoustic and bass guitarists alike. To help maintain grip on the picks and prevent slipping since they are metal, we have added a matte finish and a reversed embedded epoxy logo. These are heavy-duty picks that are designed to last throughout years of guitar playing! They are available in both a 1.0mm and 2.0mm gauge. To order your own ZZ-Zinc premium picks, visit http://www.steveclayton.com/premium.php today!

Pocket Picks

Just added to Clayton USA’s product line this year, Pocket Picks are a great item for the guitar player on the go! This is a card that fits in a standard billfold, and each card contains five punch-out guitar picks. The material of the picks is a customized polycarbonate that produces a clean, smooth sound with soft tone. They are also great for speed picking. These cards are available in six different gauges including .60, .70, .80, .94, 1.1 and 1.24mm and pricing starts at just $3.99! Order your pocket picks today at http://www.steveclayton.com/pocket-picks.php.