Guitar Accessory Tips

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

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.

Photos On Custom Guitar Picks

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

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

Rounded Triangles. More Design Space And a Unique Look

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

Maximize Your Design With Our Full Bleed Option

Here are some picks that demonstrate what the over bleed option does to a design. If you notice the picks on the right have a border around the design, yet the picks on the left have no border and the ink “bleeds” to the edge. When placing you next order if you would like to see what the over bleed option does to your design here are the steps to make sure you select the over bleed option.

1. Start by going to claytoncustom.com and click on the guitar pick “START NOW!”
2. Click on the pick material of your choice, and click continue
3. Choose your shape, gauge, number of sides, print color option, and quantity number.
4. After selecting your quantity number underneath you’ll notice the “Full Bleed” option.  If you want your design to go to the edge of the picks click the Full Bleed “On” box.   You should then see a check mark letting you know the design is setup for Full Bleed.

The full bleed option will maximize your design space and your creativity.  Try it yourself and see the amazing results!

If you need some help with any of your designs be sure to call our custom design team and we’ll be happy to make sure your design looks the best way possible!  You can reach us at 877.752.9484

Hot Stamp Foil Picks

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

Eric Church 2010 Tour Picks

Eric Church is one of our endorsed artists and we just wanted to let you know he is one of country’s hardest working artists. We could say working a little bit too hard after last fall.   While performing in New York, he was stomping so hard on stage that he hurt his ankle. He still finished the show and is ready to set the stage for his 2010 tour with our Clayton custom picks. Here are the picks you might get at one of his shows if you’re lucky. He’s already sold out for this Thursday’s show at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville.  Church’s picks are the white pearl rounded triangle with the gauge at 1mm.  The white delrin 1mm standard pick is another choice for Church. He has a top 10 hit with his song “Love Your Love the Most,”
one of his songs on his new Carolina album. Another big hit on the album is “Hell On the Heart.” Eric is a rising star that we are excited to follow this year. We look forward to supporting Eric Church during his 2010 tour.

If you are an artist that is also interested in becoming endorsed by us, you may mail us information regarding record label, band picture, tour schedule, and type of Clayton picks you use. There is a full list of information you can find through our contact information on our Steve Clayton website. Any questions you have for us you may email to questions@steveclayton.com.

Ultem vs. Tortoiseshell

A loyal customer e-mailed us today asking about the difference between our Ultem pick and authentic Tortoiseshell picks. What a great question for today’s post. Most of you have probably never played with real tortoiseshell before. This is because it became illegal to produce/import tortoiseshell into the United States in 1947, which was before even I was born! A lot of guitar picks are made to have the appearance of tortoiseshell such as our cork-grip picks. However these are actually made of celluloid. Some people bring me some pretty convincing celluloid and tell me they have a true tortoiseshell pick, when almost always they don’t. Not sure if you have a real one or fake? Quickly rub the pick in-between cloth several times to create mild heat, if the picks starts to smell like camphor or vicks vabor rub, that is a celluloid plastic pick. They smell strong! Cow horn is also often passed off as tortoiseshell. If the pick is made out of cow horn then it will have a milky white appearance in parts of the pick.tort

People allude to the authentic tortoiseshell as the holy grail of picks… and are sought after. Well I have played many in my life-time and here are my thoughts on them. They sound nice, with a nice tone, but they break and sometimes even explode in your hand which is useless during a performance. Also the edges get rough. In my personal opinion, Ultem creates a much brighter, cleaner sound with better overtones, plus is much more durable. In the end when it comes to authentic tortoiseshell, I recommend saving your money and the turtles.

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)

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.