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Our New Price Match Guarantee!

We now have a price match guarantee program for our customized guitar picks! We want to make sure that you get the best price possible when ordering your very own custom guitar picks with us! To ensure that we will now price match any custom pick competitor, plus give you an extra 10% off that price if you find someone who can deliver custom picks to your door for a better price.  There are a few restrictions to be aware of:

1) Pricing can only be compared to a competitor if they carry an identical pick material

2) Pricing comparison must be to the same quantity of custom picks

3) A lot of our competitors have hidden set-up fees.  We charge Zero set-up fees. If a competitor does charge set-up fees this must be included in the total price

4) Shipping is free on our site.  So if a competitor charges shipping to deliver your custom picks, that also must be included into the total price. Rush shipping methods do not apply to our price match guarantee.

5) Pricing on competitors sites must be regular public published pricing.  We can not match other competitor temporary sales and promo discounts.

To find out how to make a claim please head on over to this page.

It’s not too late!

Today is the last day of our Halloween sale, so it is still not too late to order and receive 10% off on custom picks! Just visit www.claytoncustom.com to place your order, and use the discount code HWL12 when prompted for a promotional code. So hurry up to take advantage of this offer and get your order placed! Most orders ship out in just 2-3 business days and custom picks start at only $24.99!

Pete Evick

Our endorsed artist Pete Evick, touring guitar player and full-time engineer/producer for rock and roll icon Bret Michaels has been writing a column for Guitar World Magazine we would like to share! For the most part his articles are about the process known as “recording in the box”.  We would recommend you head on over to Guitar World asap to check it out! 🙂

 

Brantley Gilbert

We have just finished up a set of new picks for our new endorsed artist Brantley Gilbert! He uses Black Raven 0.80mm in rounded triangle shape. Our Black Raven picks  have  been specially formulated to reduce annoying string pop. It also has a matte surface that allows you to hang on to your pick without any unwanted slippage.  For those of you who have not heard Brantley’s music you can head on over to http://www.brantleygilbert.com for more information and music! A couple of his songs include, “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” and “Country Must Be Country Wide”.

Metal Custom Picks!

In case you haven’t noticed these on our custom pick list yet, we are now offering Customized Metal Picks! We offer 3 types of metal guitar picks for custom imprinting. We have stainless steel, brass and copper. All are solid metal, with a brushed metal surface to enhance gripping. All are available for black imprinting one or two sides. They come in Standard shape, 1.00mm gauge. Head on over to http://www.claytoncustom.com to start designing yours today!

The Clayton Team @ Bret Michaels Concert!

As many of you already know, Bret Michaels is one of our featured endorsed artists. Bret Michaels 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 now tours the country with The Bret Michaels Band, and we were lucky enough to have him appear in our home of the Rogue Valley in Oregon! Needless to say, the Clayton team made it a priority to go to his concert and meet him in person. All of us had a fabulous time watching Bret, and his band members Dirty Ray and Pete Evick who we also supply guitar picks for. They put on a rockin’ show and we had the opportunity to meet him and take a photo after the concert was over. A big thanks to Bret, Ray, and Pete and other members of the band and tour group. We love working with you!!

Bret has charismatic stage presence that delights the audience

Backup vocalist and guitarist Pete Evick sings his heart out

Members of the Clayton team, along with friends and family, pose for a group shot with The Bret Michaels Band

W.E.R.M.

We are happy to share that we just endorsed the band W.E.R.M.! Hailing from Daytona Beach, FL, W.E.R.M. offers a unique, aggressive-melodic style of music. Fans of alternative and modern rock, grunge, party rock, and dubstep enjoy their unique sound, deep grooves, and songs that combine ear-catching hooks, melodic and intense vocals, and personally reflective, yet universally relatable lyrics. Formed in 2011, W.E.R.M. is a four-piece alternative dubstep-rock band consisting of vocalist/guitarist Clayton Sturgeon, guitarist Chris Clark, DJ/electronic Isaiah Swor and drummer Nate Mullins. Each member has their own unique style, collectively making an exciting, unique sound. W.E.R.M. recently signed with Rock Shop Music Group. CEO Jeff Blue has been instrumental in developing and producing the sound of W.E.R.M. W.E.R.M. is gaining a strong online presence as well as a loyal local following. W.E.R.M. has also been featured on numerous radio shows and websites.
http://www.wermmusic.com
http://twitter.com/wermband
http://www.facebook.com/wermmusic/

Tallboy

 

 

 

 

 

We just wanted to share Tallboy’s Announcement of their new single with you!

After having successfully released two previous albums, We Aren’t The Championsin 2009 and This Logic Will Destroy Us in 2011 Tallboy  www.facebook.com/Tallboymusic gears up to release their third installment “Expectations and Resentment”, and have decided to give the fans / public a single “Subtle” before the hard release on July 24th, 2012.  It’s become evident that the direction of writing with lyrics and composition has evolved based on the fans response to the prior releases. Staying true to their high energy music definitely runs con-current with Tallboy’s exhausting off the hook live show that can be described as a hyperactive Tasmanian Devil out to cause mayhem and chaos in the constant use of antics that involve the fans directly. Expectations and Resentment will deliver 11 powerfully insane tracks with the lineup and order TBA in the CD Press Release … July.  “Through our constant struggle to explain our surroundings and the people in it we bring you our new chapter, “Expectations and Resentments. Our new single “Subtle” defines the child in us all, escaping the judgement of the rest. With this onslaught of riffs, it’s like a high five to the face…. with a brick.”  quotes Jimmy Roberts, Tallboy’s frontman and lead singer.

 Tallboy gave their fans a jolt and teased them with few new tasty treats in untested waters at the show finale of Tortured Souls Tour, April 28th at the Hawthorn Theatre in Portland Oregon. Having never performed at this venue, it was a true test for Tallboy and they certainly did not disappoint as the crowd loved every second of the outrageous stage show. You can hear the new song Subtle here at www.reverbnation.com/tallboy. Tallboy recently signed to Rage On Stage Management where in the next month plans for a short run tour supporting the CD release will be announced. Frank James, President of ROSM www.rageonstagemgmt.com says “It’s one of the most exciting bands I’ve had the pleasure of working with. The undeniable talent and musicianship that Tallboy brings to our roster simply expands our horizons to higher levels.”

Tallboy:

Vocals: Jimmy Roberts
Lead Guitars:  Brandon Cregan
Lead Guitars:  Kevin Kaufman
Bassist:  Angel Alvarez
Drums:  Justin Bullen

Summer Sale Starts!!

Hello Clayton Fans! This is a shout-out that our summer sale on custom guitar picks starts today, 6/4! Order custom guitar picks anytime between now and June 11th to receive a 10% discount off of your entire order! Also, we are now offering free standard shipping for orders of picks under 400 quantity. To receive your discount, visit www.claytoncustom.com to design and order your custom picks. When the website prompts you for a Promo Code, enter in the code  SIZL9 and the discount will automatically be applied to the final price. Don’t delay; this special only lasts for a week and it is the perfect time to order a Father’s Day gift!!

The Plastic Revolution

We just wanted to share a video from one of our Endorsed bands The Plastic Revolution, check out our picks in the beginning!

Also, you can check out the rest of their videos and music at their website http://www.theplasticrevolution.com

Only One Day Left!!!

Attention Clayton Customers!! Today is the last day to order custom picks during our Spring Sale! Right now, we are offering a 15% discount on any order of custom guitar picks placed on our website at www.claytoncustom.com!! This sales ends at 11:59pm Central Standard Time tonight! To use your discount, visit claytoncustom.com to create your custom pick design. Then, you can order your picks directly from the site! During the online order process, you will be prompted to enter a promotional code. To receive the 15% discount, use the code APR12. Be sure to use all capital letters and no spaces when entering in the code. Place your order today!!! Also, be sure to check out our custom drumsticks that we now offer, at http://www.claytoncustom.com/drumsticks/!!

Jim Ledford

We are pleased to announce that we have just endorsed Jim Ledford! Haling from a small town in the Hudson Valley, NY. area Jim Ledford has been a professional guitar player and performing musician for over two decades. During his early stage of his career(1980s) was labeled as a very season guitarist. Radio spots were an enjoyable gig for him in the late 80’s and 90’s. During the  1990’s Jim had the pleasure of working with, and recording projects for the audio visual  department at the United States Military Academy, West Point NY. He also played warm up for many classic rock acts throughout his career. To name a few would be Foghat, and Three Dog Night. Jim played many venues in the Tri-State area during his longtime career. He has also recorded privately for many professional artists. Jim always contributes time to a limited number of students for private guitar lessons producing fine guitar players on the east coast and NY area. Fall 0f “09” will also bring something new to the NY music scene. Jim will be slotted in as an instructor at the Garrison Art Center  located on the banks the grand Hudson River. Jim has developed his own customized method of teaching guitar with a 100% success rate! He taught guitar at the NY Academy Of Music during the summer rock camp sessions in “07”. Currently Jim is doing audio/video demo work for major industry guitar,effects,amp,speaker, and pickup companies. Jim has full endorsement agreements with Dean Markley Strings Inc. Peavey, Electro Harmonix Jim Dunlop/MXR Effects,Cort Guitars,Arbor Guitars,Spencer Guitars,Coffin Cases LLC, Steve Clayton Custom Guitar Picks, and has a personal artist agreement with DiMarzio Pickups. Jim holds a full membership as a song writer with ASCAP.His new EP/CD will be availible late “2012” The CD will display some great instrumental fusion/progressive guitar work. We also wanted to share with you that Jim has been selected to play at the Chiller Theatre Center in NJ, for more on the convention you can visit http://www.chillertheatre.com/. Also be sure to check out Jim’s website http://www.jimledford.net/.

Win some custom picks & more at GuitarTrump.com

We have teamed up with GuitarTrump.com again for their International Guitar Month giveaway that is going on now through April 17th. We have thrown in 100 custom guitar picks for the winner, plus you can win more prizes from Cannoy Guitars, Keith Moody, Hedras Ramos, Two Circles Music Co., Jonas Tamas, GearPipe.com, Jamz Guitar Straps, AND RJL Guitars. Please visit GuitarTrump.com for full contest details and prizes :-).

La Fleur Fatale

We have been working with the Swedish label Killer Cobra Records and wanted to share one of their bands’ teaser trailer for the forthcoming tour and documentary they are doing in California! Check the video out below (it includes some background about the band):

http://youtu.be/zxy_Q2wl7-Q?hd=1

For more on the band you can also visit their websites at:

www.lafleurfatale.com
www.facebook.com/lafleurfatale
www.twitter.com/lafleurfatales
www.killercobrarecords.com

 

Guitarings – Clayton Picks at NAMM

Check out KG and Kones speaking with Steve Clayton in their new video below:

Guitarings – Clayton Picks at NAMM

Robert Kearns of Lynyrd Skynyrd

Some more photos from NAMM of Robert Kearns signing at our booth :-).

Story of a Ghost

Last week we had a Facebook contest to share your band’s story on our blog, the winner was Aaron from Story of a Ghost :-)! Story of a ghost began their musical journey from the release of their single “Akimbo”, based loosely on the May 22 2011 tornado. Akimbo, was recorded in their home town of Joplin, Mo by producer Jerrod Naff, at Zombielife Studios. It has been featured on radio stations in their home state, as well as on the 2011 compilation cd for magazine, “The Dead Timez”. They are currently in the studio working on their self-titled e.p “Story of a ghost” that is expected for release on ITUNES and AmazonMP3 in early 2012. A national tour for 2012 is definitely in the works. (Bio)      links: www.reverbnation.com/storyofaghost

New custom pick available!

We now have a custom guitar pick that you can order in lower quantities of 30, 60 and 100 with a full or single color design (the pricing is the same for single or full color printing). The new guitar pick is called Carbonate. Our Carbonate guitar picks have a great sound and come in white with a glossy finish. They take about 10 business days to produce for either quantity. This pick is great for smaller events and promotions as well as personal use. We can imprint full color on these and often bright vibrant colors look best.  They are priced at 30 for $29.99, 60 for $45.99 and 100 for $59.99. Go to http://www.claytoncustom.com to design your pick today!

Josh Burke of the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Josh from the band Red Jumpsuit Apparatus came out on Friday to sign at our booth!

http://redjumpsuit.com

Steve Stevens at our NAMM booth

We also had Steve Stevens come to our booth to sign posters :-). Steve Stevens is an American guitarist and songwriter. He is best known for playing guitar for Billy Idol, Michael Jackson, and Vince Neil. He also has critically acclaimed solo efforts (Atomic Playboys and Flamenco A Go-Go), collaborations (Bozzio Levin Stevens, a.k.a. Black Light Syndrome), and is an in-demand session guitarist. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Official-Steve-Stevens/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claire Sinclair – NAMM 2012

2011 Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair came out to sign at our NAMM booth this year. Here are a few photos we wanted to share, also for more about Claire you can visit her website http://www.pinupclairesinclair.com/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kyle & John of Guitarings NAMM 2012

We had such an amazing time at NAMM this year. Kyle Gass and John Konesky signed at our booth on Saturday. We just wanted to share some photos with you all who may not have made it, check out the line, it was crazy! We will be sharing more photos this week of Steve Stevens, Playmate of 2011 Claire Sinclair, Josh Burke of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and Robert Kearns who all signed at our booth this year.

 

 

 

Pick of the Week — Warrior Spirit Band

This week’s Pick of the Week was created for a unique band known as the Warrior Spirit Band. “They are the first all wounded warrior band in the US. Their mission is to bring awareness to various disabilities our veterans and soldiers face once they come home after war. They use music as a healing tool and a way to tell their stories of the experiences they had during combat and the struggles they have faced since coming home. Their goal is to make sure that every veteran that has a disability knows that there is help….and giving up is never an option! The Warrior Spirit band has the potential to do so much for our men and women of the armed forces that have sacrificed their ability to lead a normal life after being wounded or disabled in a combat zone. Warrior Spirit will help bring selected veterans outreach programs into the spotlight and will raise awareness of the struggles that our service men and women go through upon returning home and re-acclimating to a normal life.” Find out more about this amazing group at http://www.warriorspiritband.com/ Warrior Spirit Band’s picks were made on our white pearl material, which gives their logo an awesome 3-D effect and makes the gradient in the text really pop. Order your own custom guitar picks today at www.claytoncustom.com. And, if you are ordering custom picks as a holiday gift, hurry up!! Time is running out!!

GuitarTrump – Guitar Tips, Reviews, Giveaways and Much More!GuitarTrump: How To Get The Coolest Custom Guitar Picks You’ll Ever See

 

 

 

GuitarTrump – Guitar Tips, Reviews, Giveaways and Much More!GuitarTrump: How To Get The Coolest Custom Guitar Picks You’ll Ever See.

Thank you so much to GuitarTrump.com for your wonderful review about our Custom picks! Go to the link above to check out a very cool review on us as well as other reviews. They also have Giveaways and you just might see a Clayton giveaway featured ;-).

Forever The Sickest Kids

We want to introduce Rico, Austin and Caleb of Forever The Sickest Kids who we have just recently endorsed! Here is a little about the band: “Success in the music business requires a magical combination of talent, perseverance and opportunity. The six young rockers in Dallas, Texas band Forever the Sickest Kids easily possess all this and more. They’re unquestionably gifted, ambitious and hard working, and in the eight months since they formed, they’ve repeatedly created their own opportunities – sometimes accidentally. Five days after their official formation, singer Jonathan Cook was flipping through the Pure Volume web site when, with a click of his mouse, he inadvertently spent $350 the band didn’t have on a front page song placement. Worse still, Forever the Sickest Kids didn’t have any songs written yet. So, over the next two days, the band members got together and banged out a track called “Hey Brittany,” then recorded it with their friend/producer Jeff Rockwell. “Buying that Pure Volume spot was an amazingly great mistake,” laughs guitarist Caleb Turman, noting how “Hey Brittney” quickly becoming the band’s first big break. “The song just took off and after that everyone was suddenly interested in us.” It’s easy to see why. “Hey Brittany” is a confectionary gem that combines elements of power pop, pop-punk, electro-pop and ‘80s radio rock into an unforgettable sing-along that resonates with the energy and vitality of youth. Contrary to popular belief, “Brittany” isn’t Britney Spears, but rather a girl who was engaged to be married, yet made no attempt to hide her affection for the members of the Forever the Sickest Kids”

 

http://www.foreverthesickestkids.com
http://www.facebook.com/ForeverTheSickestKids

 

Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

We recently just endorsed Joey, Randy and Josh of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus! If you don’t already know about the band here is a little more about them:

Originating in Florida, childhood friends Ronnie Winter, Thomas Amason, and Duke Kitchens started the band while attending a AP music theory class, in 2003. The band name,’Red Jumpsuit Apparatus’, was chosen by the band voting for random words they threw up on a wall. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus released a “6 song EP CD that was spread throughout different cities to promote the band in 2005. The band also began to become more popular as they used certain social media (Myspace) to advertise their music. In 2006, they released their first LP, Don’t You Fake It with the singles “Face Down“, “False Pretense”, “Your Guardian Angel“, and “Damn Regret”.From 2006-2008 the band did several headliner and supporting shows with bands like 30 Seconds to Mars, Madina Lake, The Audition, Saosin, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Taking Back Sunday, Lorene Drive, The Used, Monty Are I, Amber Pacific, Boys Like Girls, Halifax, Emery, A Static Lullaby, and So They Say. Their second studio album, titled Lonely Road, was released on February 3, debuting in the fourteenth spot in The Billboard 200, and was produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Daughtry, Less Than Jake, Hoobastank, P.O.D., All-American Rejects, Seether, Cold). In November 2010, the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus entered the studio to record their third full-length album, Am I the Enemy, finishing in December 2010 with producer John Feldmann. The album’s first single, “Reap”, was released via YouTube on March 24, although the song itself was not released to iTunes until April 26.  The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus later released two other songs from their new album on their YouTube channel, “Salvation” and “Fall from Grace”. A June 7 announcement on the band’s Facebook page said the new album Am I the Enemy would be released on August 30, 2011. It would contain twelve songs.

Here is a photo of their current picks we just completed, they use our Colored Delrin in various gauges shown in the photo.

http://redjumpsuit.com
http://www.facebook.com/redjumpsuitapparatus 

15% off all Clayton products from Musicians Friend!

This week only you can get 15% off all Clayton products at Musicans Friend.com. Just use the promo code shown in the image to get 15% off. Remember this promotion lasts this week only, so hurry up and stock up on your favorite Clayton products! Also, be sure to “like” Musicians Friend’s Facebook to get access to more promotions, ect.

Custom Drumsticks

We have been so busy in the custom drumstick dept. we almost forgot to share some newly imprinted sets! These two here are a staff favorite this week, we especially loved the brighter colors used on the Go Away set and the skulls are nice touch. Like our custom picks we can imprint almost anything on the drumsticks. When designing your drumsticks it is good to keep in mind that anything white in your design will show through clear on the drumsticks but other then that we encourage you to get very creative your pair :-)! Custom drumsticks start at $44 for 5 pairs of a single color design and just $59 for 5 sets of a full color design. Visit our site http://www.claytoncustom.com/drumsticks/ to start designing your own today!

Allies Aside

We just recently endorsed the band Allies Aside. Here is a little about the band from their FB page, “Forming in January of 2011, going through some member changes but never giving up on the passion they have for the music they create, being known for their great live performances and strong Stage Presence they bring to every show. Allies Aside is a band about effort with the determination of being remembered. Not by looks, not only by talent, but just sharing our music with those who will listen…. Allies Aside is a band about putting on the best performance they can, by doing what they love, hoping their music will move the crowd into the right direction with their positive influences. They hope to take their journey as far as they can. Music is about passion, and they live for making music their passion.” Check them out of Facebook!

Vans Warped Tour

We are so excited to share with you some photos of our 15 passenger van that is touring this year with the Van’s Warped Tour. It also features guitar picks from some of our endorsed artists that we were able to get printed on the van. Be sure to check it out at any the Warped Tour dates!