Pick Collecting

Memorial Day/Camo Picks

The team here at Clayton would like to wish all of you a happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend! It’s great to have an extra day to play and enjoy the approaching summer weather, but it’s also important for remembering and honoring the heroes of our time, both past and present. That being said, we would like to feature our Camo picks in today’s post!

Camouflage is a pattern used to hide an object or person within a natural environment, but these picks stand out with their great playing and sound quality! Available in 12-packs, Camo picks (medium gauge) can be purchased through our site at http://www.steveclayton.com/camo.php!

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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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Rock Your Graduation!

Graduation season is upon us! Stumped on what to get the grad in your life? Go for custom guitar picks! For grads that like to rock out, custom picks make the perfect congratulatory gift. Our picks can be custom imprinted with names, dates, graphics… you name it! A set of custom-made picks will make a memorable item for your family member or friend who is moving to the next chapter in his or her life. Also, custom picks are great favors to have at graduation parties!

Order your custom graduation guitar picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

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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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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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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!

 

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Here at Clayton, we love to learn about some of the creative ways that customers use custom printed guitar picks, and we have one to share with you that is perfect for the holidays! Our customer, Amanda, orders custom picks to be made into earrings that she sells online. You can check out her website, www.Earrpix.com. We love how she has the picks printed here, but then she assembles the earrings herself, adding beads and metallic swirls to give them a very professional and stylish look. She has created some specialty designs just for the holidays too! See some examples below:

These earrings make for a wonderful gift idea! The following is an excerpt from Amanda’s site that describes the earrings:

“Like the guitar itself, the pick has become an art form. Small in stature, the most sought-after concert will come to a silent halt without the band’s lead and rhythm players each grasping a tiny plectrum to command their instruments. We share your appreciation, and present our line of signature Earrpix Earrings. Whether worn in tribute to your favorite guitarist, to the beauty and splendor of the music created with them, or just because they are fun, interesting, and sure to invoke a smile and comment whenever worn, pick a pair or two and make your own statement.”

Again, visit the site at www.Earrpix.com ! Or, visit www.clatyoncustom.com to create your own custom pick designs!

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!

Colored Pearl Custom Picks

Are you looking for a custom guitar pick in a color that perfectly fits your design? Try out our colored pearl picks! Shown below is an example of how a customer fit their design together with the colored pearl pick option:

The customer had the text “Hot Copper,” and they chose a flame graphic from our clip art library. Then, they chose a copper color for the picks so that all elements of the design go together!

Our colored pearl picks are the same celluloid material as the white pearl picks, but they can be custom color matched in addition to having a custom design printed on them. When you place your order, there is a full color palette to allow for the color choice for the picks. This is a great option if our other picks don’t come in the exact color you are looking for. Also, colored pearl picks are wonderful for weddings since they can be matched to specific wedding colors!

Design and order your own custom colored pearl guitar picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — Crystal Tears

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for the band Crystal Tears. Crystal Tears was formed in the late 90s and after a few CD demos and an official release (“Choirs Of Immortal”, Pure Steel records), they got to celebrate the release of their second album, “Generation X”, released through 7Hard records! Some of the band’s highlights are the appearances with WASP, RIOT and JAG PANZER and the co-operations with illustrators Joe Petagno (MOTORHEAD etc.), Meran “Darkmouth” Karanitant (SIX FEET UNDER, HATEBREED etc.), producer R. D. Liapakis (MYSTIC PROPHECY etc.) and mega-producer Chris Tsangarides (THIN LIZZY, JUDAS PRIEST, GARY MOORE, DEPECHE MODE, BRUCE DICKINSON, OZZY OSBOURNE, MALMSTEEN, HELLOWEEN etc.)! Find out more about Crystal Tears at http://www.myspace.com/crystaltearsgr.

Check out their facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Crystal-Tears/85675558894

The Crystal Tears picks were made on our acetal material, and we love the intense colors and the very high level of detail in the design. To order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com 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!

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.

New Variety Pack

Whether you are new to the world of guitar  playing, or you are just looking for a change in your guitar pick, the Clayton Variety Pack is a great option to try out our different materials! With the start of 2012, we added the Variety Pack to our line, and we encourage you to check it out! For just $1.99 plus shipping, you can try six of our different most popular pick materials, including one each of Acetal, Ultem, Duraplex, Cork Grip, Frost Byte, and S-Stone. They also are given in a variety of gauges, so that you can determine the thickness of pick that best suits your guitar playing needs! Order today at http://www.steveclayton.com/variety.php. If you are more interested in our custom guitar pick picks, but are also unsure of what type of pick you would like, you can order your sample set of five picks for $5 (includes picks and shipping) by calling 1-877-752-9484. 

Ultem-ate

Ultem material guitar picks are the ultimate in quality! Even on dull strings, these picks are sure to create crisp, clean tones. The sound of these picks is meant to resemble that of true tortoiseshell picks, but, unlike real tortoiseshell, they are not susceptible to fractures. These are some of the strongest picks on the market, and you will be sure to love the bright sounds that they produce! They are available in eight different gauges. They are tan in color, and available with the Clayton eagle logo in white epoxy (http://www.steveclayton.com/ultem.php), or for customization (http://www.claytoncustom.com)! They are also offered in three different shapes including standard, rounded triangle, and small teardrop. 

Acetal (Ah-SEE-tahl) Noun: The best guitar picks ever!

The name may be hard to pronounce, but acetal picks are by far the most popular of the ClaytonUSA line! Are you looking for a pick that will amp up your power chords and without slipping from your grip in the process? Then look no further! Acetal is a unique material that won’t let you down. Because they are made from a grainy composite, these picks are kept from moving around while playing. They also have enough flexibility so that they won’t damage your strings. Available in three different shapes, and eight gauges for each shape, you can choose the acetal picks that best suit your needs. We have them with our classic Clayton eagle logo on them
at: www.steveclayton.com/acetal Or, go a step further and get them custom designed at www.claytoncustom.com!

Frosty

Looking for a “cool” pick that won’t let you down during your sizzling summer concerts? Give Clayton Frost-Bytes a try! Made out of a frosty blue nylon material, these picks have a textured grip on both sides that make them feel like they are actually frozen onto your fingers! There is no slipping around with these, no matter how intense your playing is. They are also made for long-lasting durability, and awesome sound. They are available in standard shape, and six different gauges. Order yours today at steveclayton.com!

Exotic

Looking to try something new and interesting that will rock your music? Check out our line of exotic guitar picks! This new  product was just added to the Steve Clayton line this year, and they are definitely worth checking out if you have not done so already! They are available in four varieties including Horn, Blond Wood, Sheesham Wood and Coconut. Each type is supportive of a unique sound quality, such as bright or warm tones and a decrease in brassy tones. They can also allow for better movement across the strings of your guitar. Pricing starts at just $5.99! Place your order today at http://www.steveclayton.com/exotics.php

Pick Art

We have had some customers submit some really cool pick art recently, and we wanted to show off these designs! All of them are very colorful, and they were created using various types of artwork. The pick on the far left was made using a cartoon image, on our white delrin picks. The center pick has a painting on it, which appears 3D on our white pearl picks. The pick on the far right uses a nice photo of northern lights to create a unique look. For full color art such as the designs shown here, we offer three different white pick materials that can support these types of designs. This image is a great way to compare how the three types of white picks (white delrin, white pearl, and acetal) are different from each other. Also, we have two picks in this image (the  two outside picks) that demonstrate use of the full bleed option. Choosing full bleed for your custom picks means that the design will go all the way to the edge of the pick and not have a border. Create your own custom pick design today at www.claytoncustom.com!

St. Patrick’s Day Picks

It’s not too late to order custom guitar picks for St. Patty’s Day! Maybe you have an awesome concert coming up for the holiday, and you want to throw picks out to your adoring fans. Or maybe you are planning a party or event to celebrate, and custom picks would make the perfect addition! With custom guitar picks, you can create any St. Patrick’s Day design that suites your fancy, and we can print them for you! Shown here is an example of a nice lucky clover design that is being used instead of business cards for a book and music store. This design is on our acetal picks, and we also have green delrin picks that  look great with black designs. Be aware though, to get them by the 17th, you will need to choose rush shipping for your order. Create your design today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Rev up your Autograph with Custom Signature Picks!

One of the more popular ideas for custom guitar picks from Clayton is to put your signature on the pick as the design or a portion of the design. Shown here are several examples of customers who liked this idea. This is a great way to personalize picks and they always come out looking really nice…no matter which pick material you choose. Signature picks can work really well if you are creating custom picks for a band and would like the band logo on one side, but each individual’s name on the other side. They also are perfect gifts for guitar players. All you have to do is figure out a sneaky way to get him/her to sign a piece of paper, then scan it, and upload the scan into our designer at www.claytoncustom.com. Try it out today!

NAMM 2011

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!

Pick of the Week – Stephanie & THREE

We have a really cool picks and a really cool band this week! This lovely pick is by the band Stephanie & THREE, which is local to Clayton, Inc. here in Southern Oregon. I love the shades of pink on the pick, and the design is just way to cool! Stephanie & THREE is an aggressive Rock ‘n’ Power-Pop Trio, that plays in clubs and venues throughout the Northwest.  We always love seeing local bands being successful. I posted a video below so that you can really see how awesome this band is!  Make sure to check out their website to find out where you can catch their next performance. www.threemusic.net

Pick of the Week – Patrick Vega

We have another endorsed artist this week! This time it is for Patrick Vega! Patrick’s pick featured this week is printed on our Acetal material with a lovely colorful design.  Patrick has ordered tons of different designs in the past from us, so he is quite the guitar pick designer. Our custom imprint department talks to Patrick quite often and they all really love him.  Patrick showed the love back by doing a video all about Clayton picks! Which is totally awesome! Check it out below.

A little background on Patraick is that he is a player that is capable of great technique. In general though, he follows the unexpected, adventurous route rather than the (expected) technical/theory route. Alternate tunings, tasty leads and heavy but ambitious rhythm guitar parts that are accessible yet eclectic.

Patricks’s playing and songwriting displays a blend of vintage grace & modern rock/metal attitude. The music is influenced by acts such as Nine Inch Nails, Alice In Chains, Joe Satriani, The Cure, Rage Against The Machine, KoRn, Puddle Of Mudd, Seether, Tool, Classic Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, PJ Harvey, Tricky, Ozzy Osbourne, Vega’s former guitar teacher Brett Garsed and various movie soundtracks.

All I can say is Way Cool! Check out his website at: http://www.patrickvega.com

Pick of the Week – Eldebrock

This week we have a different style of pick.  This is a full black overbleed on our Acetal material.  It looks like a black pick, but it actually is white on the other side.  This is a great option because you get the look of a black pick, but it is printed on our popular Acetal material.  We really loved Eldebrock’s design, plus they are an endorsed band here at Clayton. They have a very cool website at: www.eldebrock.net. Really, it is quite impressive there is some amazing flash animation on their site.  They currently have just released their debut album, which can be downloaded on iTunes. Their music is really unique, and they have clips of it on their website, so make sure to listen.  The band Eldebrock took shape in the early spring of 2009 when founding member, Del Bannerman(rhythm guitar), along with Richard Lalonde (bass guitar), recruited Jay Wegenast from Vancouver B.C. as the lead singer. The spring and summer of 2009 was spent in a small town in Saskatchewan writing the music for the debut album. Barrett Moore (lead guitar), who grew up with Jay in Forestburg, Alberta joined in late 2009 adding his own touch of Zakk Wylde and Slash influenced lead guitar to the tracks that finished off the sound they were going for.

Pick of the Week – Young & Desperate

This week we have a Rounded Triangle Yellow Delrin pick for the band Young & Desperate.  They are a female fronted Dutch band. They recently won a big national Dutch band contest Make More Music. This band is known for their amazing live performances. Their first national single is recorded with Michel van Schie (Anouk, Van Velzen, Evers Slaat Door, and many, many more). Their MySpace (http://myspace.com/youngdesperate) provide a great way to keep in touch with the band. Also make sure to check out their website for additional information on the band. www.young-desperate.nl. They have a really neat video, check it out below!

Holiday Picks!!

The holidays are just around the corner, and we have already started getting some custom holiday pick designs submitted by our customers! Shown here is a fun “Happy Holidays” pick design, with a snowman playing guitar on it. Picks like these are great to use for parties, promotional events, or special holiday concerts. This particular design is on our acetal pick material, which is semi-transparent white in color and has a really nice non-slip surface. We have many pick varieties, shapes and gauges available for making custom designs, and you can check them all out at www.claytoncustom.com. We also want to remind you that the month of December is our busiest time, so if you are wanting to order custom guitar picks to have in time for the holiday season, it is always best to place your order sooner than later!! Also, be on the lookout for e-mail web blasts with discount codes, because we have two more promotions coming up this month! Happy holidays, and happy designing from Clayton!

Pick of the Week – Rock Sugar

This week we have a pick from the band Rock Sugar! You have to check out their website at: http://www.rocksugarband.com/. They have an amazing intro on their website. Here is a little description about their live show:

“THE ROCK SUGAR LIVE SHOW IS UNLIKE ANY YOU’VE EVER SEEN. ROCK SUGAR SLAMS 34 OF THE BIGGEST CROWD PLEASING SONGS IN HISTORY AS THEY’VE NEVER BEEN HEARD BEFORE, INTO ONE TIGHT 13 SONG SET. SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT!– “
This lovely pearl celluloid pick is printed with a purple and blank blended logo. It was made for the band guitarist and vocalist Chuck Duran. Also, make sure to check out their facebook page, where they have over 22,000 likes! Wow!