We just finished up a set of Glow in the Dark picks we donated to Girls Rock DC. Girls Rock DC aims to create a supportive, inclusive, and creative space for girls to develop their self-confidence, build community, stand up and rock out! Girls Rock DC is a camp for young women between the ages of 8-18 in the D.C. metro area. During the week the campers receive small group instruction on electric guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, turntable, digital music, or vocals; from bands; and collaborate to write an original song or DJ set, which they perform at a showcase at the end of the week. Campers also learn about the history of women in music, gender and cultural identity, and other skills. We are very happy to be approached by such a great organization and to help out with their guitar pick needs. For more information about the camp visit their website: http://www.girlsrockdc.org/
This week at Steve Clayton, Inc., we had a really nice design submitted by a customer for guitar picks for his wedding. We wanted to write a blog about it, simply because the art is really cool! As you can see, the artwork includes a guitar, flames, roses, and the date of the wedding. The colors go really nicely together, and look awesome on our white delrin guitar pick material. The other side of the pick has the same design, but with the name of the happy couple instead of the date. Custom guitar picks can make a unique addition to any wedding. They are already pretty popular, but we want even more people to know about this option! This is why we have created a new website: customweddingpicks.com. This site is designed specifically to help out customers that are interested in custom wedding picks. We are always looking for more ideas to add to the site too! If you have photos of your custom picks from your wedding, or a cool wedding pick design like the one shown here, or have any questions about wedding picks, please write to us at email@example.com. To start designing your picks, visit claytoncustom.com!
During the past week, we have had the opportunity to make custom guitar picks to promote an awesome cause. We are excited about this organization, and we are so glad that they chose us to help support them! The Save the Ta-tas® Foundation and ta-tas® Brand was created by clothing designer Julia Fikse as a way to fight breast cancer using laughter and fun as a way to fight a serious disease. Her playful line of t-shirts and accessories include messages such as “save the ta-tas” and “friends don’t let friends lose ta-tas.” Her messages of hope and humor have reached thousands of victims and survivors of breast cancer and have helped them to fight the disease with both strength and courage. ta-tas® Brand, which was started in 2004, donates 5% of gross sales year around to fight cancer. This is a unique, high and very risky commitment. They realize that women and families need support NOW so they also have an annual scholarship contest, support the Revlon Run Walk for Women and donate product year-round to independent fundraisers so others can raise funds for their favorite cancer charity. For more information, please visit www.savethetatas.com. The Save the Ta-tas picks were created, appropriately, on our pink delrin picks. To design your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!
Below are some samples of recent custom drumstick orders. We chose these two since they chose colors so different from the other. The Marina drumsticks used some beautiful pastel lavender and turquoise colors. The ASPHALT shows how great red and black are paired together, of course :). We offer full color and single color imprint on our custom drumsticks. We can imprint any color, except for white ink. Something to keep in mind is that anything that is white in your design will become the color of the drumsticks. Single color starts at just $44 for 5 pairs, and full color at only $59 for 5 pairs. We also ship drumsticks worldwide just like our custom picks! All our custom drumsticks are printed on the finest American Hardwoods in size 2b and the standard 16″ in length. To order your own custom drumsticks visit our custom drumstick site at http://claytoncustom.com/drumsticks/
We are very excited to announce the launching of our new site created specifically for wedding guitar picks!! We have found that wedding picks are very popular, so we decided to make a site to help guide brides and grooms through the process of ordering custom guitar picks for the big day, and to provide examples of how guitar picks have been used by other customers for their weddings. To check out the site, visit http://www.customweddingpicks.com/. Be sure to click on the “Ideas”
section to see some examples of wedding pick designs, and photos of the picks actually being used! For more information about ordering custom guitar picks for your wedding, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Recently, Clayton USA, Inc. has had the opportunity to contribute to a wonderful charity organization called Pick with Austin. Pick with Austin is a nonprofit corporation that operates in the memory of Texas teen guitarist, Alan Carter Villaruz-Curley. The purpose of the organization is to help elevate a community awareness and to educate the people about a growing epidemic of youth depression and suicide. They use Alan’s Gift of Music to enhance this awareness while providing donated guitars to kids and teens in hospitals, in youth groups and ministries, and/or those whom have been identified in some way of being potentially “at risk” of depression. On February 4th, Pick With Austin made a large presentation of donated guitars to the Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas, along with custom guitar picks made by Clayton. The media coverage of this event helped to support the charity, and the donations went to sick children, and kids undergoing chemo therapy. Shown below are some images of the picks and the event:
To find out more about Pick with Austin and how to donate, visit their site at http://www.PickWithAustin.com. It is truly an amazing organization that deserves our support!!
As you know, this year’s record-setting NAMM was an exciting time for Clayton and our endorsed artists. After the show was over, a final closing video was created to review this major yearly event. We are proud to announce that two of Clayton, Inc.’s endorsed artists, BooBoo Stewart and Kyle Gass, were chosen to speak for this important public service announcement. Be sure to check out the video entitled “NAMM Show: That’s a Wrap!” at http://www.namm.org/thenammshow/2011 to get all of the highlights!!
We wanted to share our new products with you. The first is Duraplex, this material has been in the guitar pick market for years! We use the highest form of the material to resist notiching and give ultimate strength. We offer these picks in 6 gauges and 3 shapes! Next we have Exotic picks. These picks are available in 4 different materials. Sheesham wood is an amazing organic material that will leave you shocked at the warm tone it creates. This pick also has a natural wood grain vertically down the pick that helps tone better flow from your strings while adding strength to the pick. It also features tapered edges that allows for a swift release from your strings. Coconut Shell is a durable and bright organic material that creates increased volume during play and is very dense and tough. Each of the Coconut picks are hand-made with a smooth polish on one side and an indented, roughed grip on the other. Blond Wood will create a beautiful rich tone and is great for playing with when you need a nice rhythm bass as it eliminates brassy tones. The last of the Exotic picks are the Horn which is shockingly bright and durable! It has a transparent brown and amber look. It also has contoured edges and a polished surface that is extremely fast off of your strings. Ever wish you could have a card of Clayton picks you can carry in your pocket, pull it out, and punch out a pick anywhere? Well now you can! We now offer Pocket Picks that come in 6 different gauges, and come in 6 different colors that are denoted by gauge. They are made out of our customized polycarbonate material for a comfortable feel that produces a clean and smooth sound with soft tones. Also, if you like speed picking then you will love our Pocket Picks! Our Liquid Sun picks are so popular we also added two new lines of picks featuring more artwork by artist Chad Carothers (www.chadartworld.com). Eyes Wide Open are influenced by cartoons, music and pop culture and are printed on our White Carbonate material for not only good looks but great sound! Vixens are sure to grab anyone’s attention and ear. They are printed on our grade “A” pearl celluloid for a unbelievable sound.
I found this amazing article on Guitar Pick collecting that was done by The Ottawa Citizen. It incredible how popular and lucrative pick collecting has become. I love how they mention a $1,000 Johnny Cash pick going for sale on ebay. I love that since we worked with Johnny Cash for several years making him custom Black Acetal Custom guitar picks with his signature on them a long long time ago…. Read more here at a past blog posting.
You can read the pick collecting article below (original source The Ottawa Citizen):
In 1986, Alex Golota picked up a Pat Travers pick from the stage at Barrymore’s. Today he has more than 700 picks from rock’s biggest names.
By Bruce Deachman, Ottawa Citizen January 16, 2011
Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/Guitar+Pick+Collector/4116340/story.html#ixzz1BbYwO2AY
The first guitar pick that Alex Golota recalls picking up — off the stage at Barrymore’s Music Hall, back in the mid 1980s when he did lighting at the Bank Street club — belonged to Pat Travers. The picks were initially an accompaniment to the 8×10-inch promo photos of musicians Golota collected as reminders of the shows he’d attended or worked; he would glue the picks to the photos and then have them framed. If he could, he’d get one or both autographed.
As the years passed, Golota’s collection of picks grew. Some, like Travers’s, he picked up after a concert. Guitarists would sometimes give him one of their picks, or he would ask one of their technicians for one. Friends in the sound and lighting trades, aware of his hobby, would acquire picks on his behalf. He has picks from some of the biggest names: The Rolling Stones, with their trademark tongue and lips; ZZ Top (both); one from Prince, via Jon Bon Jovi’s guitar technician and instantly identifiable by the unpronounceable “Love Symbol” he adopted as his stage name in 1993; a metal guitar pick from Def Leppard; Eric Clapton; Stevie Ray Vaughan; Buddy Holly; The Edge; a yellow pick that bears Alice Cooper’s name and likeness; and Avril Lavigne and Steve Earle, who each have skulls adorning their picks (his in green, hers in pink).
“I recently got Jeff Beck,” says Golota, 51, “which is really hard to get because he doesn’t use a guitar pick. But I managed to catch up to his road manager on stage, and he has a bag of guitar picks that Jeff had 30 years ago, and he keeps them for real true fans. It actually says ‘This pick was stolen from Jeff Beck’ on it.
“I have that.”
He keeps his collection — 726 picks at last count, but growing all the time — in a pair of binders, one carrying the monogrammed and autographed picks, the other holding picks you’ll just have to take his word that they’re from who he says they are, like the Fender pick used by Bruce Springsteen.
“I found it right beside his guitar stand, and I know he uses a plain white Fender pick and I know it’s Bruce Springsteen’s pick.”
Curiously, perhaps, he doesn’t play guitar himself. But growing up in Old Ottawa South, his idols included Jimi Hendrix and Procol Harum’s Robin Trower.
“I started keening on guitar players,” he recalls. “They’re the heroes in the
rock ‘n’ roll field.”
The first show he attended was an April Wine concert at the Civic Centre when he was 16. As he watched the roadies and technicians set up the stage be-between acts, he decided that was what he wanted to do for a living. Currently a lighting designer with the Canadian Museum of Civilization, where he’s worked for the past 18 years, he started out with Wall Sound, then moved to Barrymore’s. In between, he toured for two years as Stompin’ Tom Connors’ stage manager, and spent six months on the road with Charlie Pride.
He takes his summer holidays during Bluesfest, where he does lighting and, with the help of the other techs, collects more picks. Last summer, he added 17 to his collection. The year before that, a record 48.
“That’s my vacation,” he says. “The museum is so corporate — I have to wear a suit there most of the time.
“And my roots are in rock ‘n’ roll, so I want to go back every year and make sure I can still do lights for rock ‘n’ roll.”
Some of the picks in his collection are definitely rarities. A pick used by Gene Simmons bears the KISS bassist’s thumbprint in theatrical blood. One that belonged to Jeff Smallwood — guitarist for Roch Voisine and Luba — is fashioned from a hotel room key card. He has a Spinal Tap pick used during a Canada Day show in St. John’s, as well one used recently by Crash Karma for a concert for Canadian troops in Afghanistan. Golota even has a pick used by NDP leader Jack Layton.
Then there are the ones missing from his collection. He’s resigned to the fact that he’ll never own a Hendrix pick, while an online search for one used by Johnny Cash uncovered a $1,000 price tag, too steep for Golota.
“These are actually rarer than stamps and coins,” he says, “because stamps and coins they produce hundreds of thousands or millions, but when a guitar player goes out on tour, he may only take 1,000 picks — a bagful. Over his career he may not buy another bag. So the rarity of these things is crazy.
“We had an insurance adjuster come in and look at the stuff, and he said ‘You’re sitting on a dream home here. There’s somebody out there who’s interested in buying it, somewhere, somehow.'”
But he’s not interested in selling. “It’s not about making money,” he says. “It’s just trying to get it all in one place. I’m a curator and trying to keep it all together, and if people can appreciate it, that’s great.”
Through profiles here and online, Bruce Deachman uncovers the people who bring Ottawa to life, people who exhibit and unusual passion or obsession. Do you know someone who is one in a million? E-mail the details to
Visit ottawacitizen.com/million to see more photos and listen to Alex Golota, or to see past stories.
© Copyright (c) The Ottawa Citizen
This year we were so happy to have the amazing Kyle Gass of Tenacious D come sign at our booth for a 2nd year in a row! Tenacious D has a very loyal fan base, and the lines were wrapping very long all over the place to get to meet Kyle and John this year! Very amazing! This year he brought along the VERY talented John Konesky also of Tenacious D. Kyle and John are both Clayton Endorsed. They were there to promote their youtube channel called Guitarings, which shows you how to play many of the popular Tenacious D songs. Below is a clip of them showing how to play the Tenacious D song “Tribute”: Below are some pictures of them signing for all of their fans at our NAMM booth!
We had lots of different artists singing at our NAMM 2011 booth this year, which included Booboo and Fivel Stewart of “Booboo and Fivel”. You may recognize Booboo from the very popular Twlight Saga movies. He plays the youngest werewolf Seth Clearwater in the series. Him and his sister Fivel are currently in the band “Booboo and Fivel”, and have released a single titled “Rainy Day”. You can view the video at the bottom of this post. Booboo is an official endorsed artist at Clayton, Inc. so we brought him into NAMM to help promote his amazing talents as a guitarist and drummer. As he waited for the limo to pick him up to bring him to the convention center, he played around on the drums. See the video here: Below are some pictures from the signing at our NAMM booth.
We are back from a very busy NAMM show, and we wanted to share some photos from our booth this year! We had several artist signings including, Playmate Kassie Lyn, Twilight Saga Star Booboo Stewart and his sister Fivel, Kyle Gass and John Konesky of Tenacious D. We will post more detailed information on all of our NAMM happenings soon!
You’ve been waiting for them, and they’re finally here!! Clayton USA is now offering custom drumsticks! You can check out our new site at: http://claytoncustom.com/drumsticks/. These are professional-quality sticks made of the finest American Hardwood, and they are available in size 2b. All of the custom drumsticks are 16″ in length. They can be used as a novelty items, give-aways, or (of course) for playing! They are available for single color or full color designs. Pricing starts at five pairs for only $44.00!! Quantities of up to 50 pairs are listed on our site, and if you call us we can provide pricing for higher quantities as well. So start designing today, to get your new custom drum sticks as soon as possible!!!
Are you ready to order some custom picks for the holidays? It goes without saying that custom guitar picks can make wonderful gifts. Our professional quality picks can be custom printed with anything from names to photos, and quotes to logos. For the musician in your family, custom guitar picks are a unique gift that is both personal and serves a practical use! And now is the best time to order, since we have just started our Clayton Custom Pick Christmas Sale for 15% off your order! This sale starts today, December 6th, and continues through this Thursday, December 9th. If you have ordered picks from us in the past, you probably received our e-mail blast with the discount code… but in case you didn’t it is XMAS10. When you place your order online, all you have to do is enter that code (all capital letters, no spaces) when prompted to automatically get a 15% discount on your order! So visit www.claytoncustom.com to start creating your custom pick design today!
We wanted to share with you that our endorsed artists Kyle Gass and Kones have a YouTube channel which they teach you how to play guitar! In this video http://www.youtube.com/user/Guitarings#p/a/E5965FD68668A3FD/0/vBffFLxPyCA they teach you how to play to “Tribute”. If you are looking for a very entertaining guitar lesson definitely check out their channel! They have had over 200,000 upload views to date, and over 1,800 subscribers.
As many of you Clayton fans know, we have been conducting a Why Do You Love Clayton Youtube Contest!, and we have our finalists! We need you to vote for your favorite one! You can check out their videos through the links listed below:
How do you vote? You can visit our facebook page and go to the “Notes” section or our Wall and just let us know if you prefer video A or B. You can also comment on our Twitter, or e-mail me (Melissa) at email@example.com and tell me which one you like! This is a very important contest, since the winner will received 500 Free Custom Guitar Picks!! So choose wisely, and cast your vote today!!
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.
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
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.
We are excited to announce Christian D and the Hangovers have signed with Clayton. What a display of energy this band shows in their photos. You’ve got to see them live. You can find out where they are playing next right here by clicking on this link “Christian D and the Hangovers” They have been using our white pearl, .8mm rounded triangle shape, custom guitar picks. We look forward to making more picks for this fun band. If you’d like to be endorsed please submit your info here endorsements.
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.
I just wanted to give an update on the progress of our new factory addition. In this picture you are able to see the forms going up next to our current factory. Soon they will be pouring the foundation, and putting up the new building!
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.
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!
Yesterday, June 16, was a special day here at Steve Clayton, Inc. Steve celebrated his 60th birthday!! And what better way to celebrate than with custom picks? The staff here surprised Steve with a decadent chocolate cake, decorated with candles and some custom birthday guitar picks made especially for the occasion! The picks were our green delrin material, imprinted fondly with the text “Happy Birthday Steve!! 2010.” The picks made a great decoration, as they were very easy to stick in the frosting on the edge of the cake to add some flare. This is a great example of how custom picks can be used for anything, even birthday parties! So here’s to you, Steve, for being the founder of this amazing company, and we wish you all the best for this year. Happy Birthday! To design your own custom birthday picks: Clayton Custom
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/.
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.
El Cheapo is a rock & roll cover band from Atlanta, GA fronted by “Stuff You Should Know” podcast host Chuck Bryant. They’ve been known to tear apart a basement or two and wake the neighbors in the name of a good time. After years of working day jobs, getting married and having babies, the band formed in 2007 under the original name The Cox Project. After toiling away for a year without a rhythm section, lead guitarist Eddie Cooper, bassist Chris Cox and Bryant landed a score in drummer Jim Issa, and El Cheapo was born.
The guys use Fender and Gibson guitars and amps, and Tama drums. Their original Steve Clayton pick was inspired by their loud, fast and nasty brand of rock & roll, and love of cheap beer. They can be found in various basements playing for their pet dogs, or rocking the house of 40th birthday parties around Atlanta.
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.