Steve Clayton Blog

Pick of the Week — Woody Wright

Playing guitar since 1964, Woody discovered his love for musical performance at a very young age. So far, he has played with a variety of groups within several genres of music, but has more recently stuck to Gospel.  Since the fall of 2001, Woody has enjoyed occasionally touring with the Gaither Homecoming Concert crew. He says that it is such a joy to see the large arenas full of Gospel fans from coast to coast, and on other coasts! “The Homecoming Cruises have been phenomenal, and the London/Ireland trip was a blast.”

Woody writes about his current performances:

   “From my first note of Will the Circle Be Unbroken at the Atlanta Homecoming to singing Because He Lives at the empty tomb in Jerusalem to hearing the fans in Johanesburg, South Africa call us all by our first names, being a Homecoming Friend has been an honor and a rare blessing. Plus, all the ladies in my Mother’s Sunday School class get to say ‘Betty, I saw Woody on TV last night!'”

To learn more about Woody’s extensive musical journey, visit his site at www.woodywright.net.

Woody’s picks were made on our ultem pick material. Ultem picks are known for producing a sound quality closest to a true tortoiseshell pick. Ultem picks can be printed with brown, black or red ink, and Woody made excellent use of all colors in his custom design. Order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick-or-Treat

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

Pick of the Week — The Brian Davis Band

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for The Brian Davis Band, which formed in 2004 for a one-night-only concert to raise funds for the music departments in the local Catholic schools. That night was an overwhelming success both monetarily and spiritually and ended with a feeling of what’s next! Since then, that concert has grown to an annual event drawing near a thousand together each year in worship and has raised nearly $35,000 dollars for youth music programs.
  In 2007, the band was finding themselves more in demand for youth rallies, worship nights and church festivals. That demand came with a special call from God to begin to share their faith journey through original songs. As the songs poured out, the ministry continued to grow and touch the lives of countless Christians from their region. 2009 was truly a breakout year for the band; seeing their message spread to a larger audience, seeing their gifts helping the people of Uganda through a nationally released compilation album titled “Unified By Grace,” making their first television appearance on ” Lift Him Up Kansas” and completing their first studio album “Stand” which released in January of 2010.
The band is looking forward to the places God will call them to in 2012 and the opportunity to serve his people through their ministry.
For more information regarding the band visit them online at www.myspace.com/thebriandavisband42 or “like them” on Facebook!

The Brian Davis Band chose to have their picks made on our orange delrin material, which nicely supports their intricate black design. We loved the fine detail and creativity of their artwork. Brian told me that the design on the pick was inspired by Luke 12:24 which speaks of how the Raven, who has nothing, is cared for and loved by God. This passage intends to teach us that we, who have so many gifts, are loved as much… if not more. The Brian Davis Band has the same design for one of their t-shirts as well as on the front of their drum kit. To create your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Pick of the Week — Lover Under Cover

This week’s Pick of the Week is for a band called Lover Under Cover. The new guitarist, Tor Erik, comes from Norway, from a band called JORN and they are about to start up some recordings in January. The singer is a very busy guy and sings in 3 different bands. Secret Service  (pop band) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdxllyTNrDY&feature=related Last Autumns Dream  (AOR) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3GFLLIVPSs Salute (Hard Rock)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N28Mc8Reqvg. Here is the Lover Under Cover biography, taken from their site at: http://www.myspace.com/loverundercovertheband. GREETINGS to all you wild childs out there and welcome to a reborn and stunning melodic metal act. Featuring one of Swedens absolute most powerfull voices…
MIKAEL ERLANDSSON, together with one of his best friends from early school years, MIKAEL CARLSSON.
You will find out that these talented guys realy will blow your mind out with metal as good as it can be. Screaming guitars, strong melodies and a vocal performance beyond devine. Ladies and gentlemen… I give you…
LOVER UNDER COVER !!! The first embryo of LUC goes back in time as far as 1982 when Mr E and Mr C were members in the southern rock act “Rain” together with one of Sweden’s most famous ZZ-Top lookalikes, Bengt Lundh. Setteled in the beautiful arcipelago outside Kungsbacka in the west of Sweden we all remember those crazy nights with Rock n roll ( and a couple of beers ) during endless Swedish summer nights. After that Mr E and Mr C were separated for a couple of years. Mr E working with his amazing and successful solo career and Mr C turned out to be semi professional musician and doing a lots of cover gigs at the pubs in the west of Sweden.
They bumped into each other a couple of times during the years and allways said that “we should realy do something togeather” Mr E started up Last Autumns Dream wich not need any further presentation i guess, and Mr C started up the first version of Lover Under Cover around 1992 with Daniel Boscovic as a lead singer.
Mr C and Mr B recorded about 30 songs during 4-5 years before they decided to go separate ways, and now…. 15 years later then finally Mr C and Mr E got the time and opportunity to take of in the project they always wanted to do. A new colorful, harder than ever version of LUC.  And the Saga continues……..’); The LUC picks were created on our black celluloid guitar pick material, which was perfect for their logo which has a black background. To create and order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

 

 

Baby Boom

We couldn’t resist showing off these cute baby picks! If you are looking for a creative item to add to a baby shower, or a unique gift to give to someone with a new baby, custom guitar picks can be a great option! For the musician in your family, you can provide a gift that is both personal and useful by adding a photo like the ones shown to any of our white or black custom guitar pick materials. The picks in this image were both made on our black celluloid picks, which can support full color custom art work. The black celluloid picks are available in three different gauges; thin, medium and heavy. The backs of the picks can also be personalized with names, dates, etc. To order your own custom photo picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Pick of the Week — Fragile Apples

This week’s Pick of the Week was designed for the band Fragile Apples. We liked the simplicity and creativity of the design..the bold black graphic works out really well on our white delrin picks. Benjamin Olson and The Fragile Apples from Nashville, TN are an independent Rock ‘N’ Roll band who have the direct mission of making live music fun again! Involving as many fun characters as possible, as well as combining soaring vocals with killer guitars and grooves, The Fragile Apples are dancing their way into the hearts of those who join them at their concerts (parties). In addition to steady touring, Olson released his 4th studio album, “You Are Here” in 2010 and was featured on the Roy Orbison tribute album “Under The Covers” with his version of “Working For The Man.” Join them on Facebook for updates, pictures, videos and more: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Benjamin-Olson/20895138280?v=wall&viewas=0
You can also find all other things Fragile at the official website: www.benjaminolson.com Design your own customized guitar picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Full Color Black Celluloid

We wanted to show off an example of an awesome full color design for black celluloid custom guitar picks that one of our customers submitted. The design is pretty intricate and has a lot of detail, but it turned out really well. We love how the white and bright blue contrast against the black color of the pick. You can create a design like this on our custom guitar pick site: www.claytoncustom.com. Be sure to choose black celluloid as your pick material if you would  like to get awesome black glossy finish picks like the one shown. If your design has any color besides white, you will need to choose the option for full color print. Great colors for black picks include yellow, bright blue, bright green, and red. Black celluloid picks are available in the standard pick shape, and in three gauges; thin, medium and heavy. Create your design today!!

The Neon Look

Today we wanted to show off a couple designs that were recently created and made on our black celluloid picks. Black celluloid is a somewhat new material for Clayton…it was added for custom design last year because we discovered that these picks can support some really nice designs, including ones with varying colors and sometimes intricate detail. Black celluloids are a glossy finish pick, and we have them available in three gauges; thin, (about .50mm) medium (about .80mm) and heavy (about 1.0mm). They can support single color white designs, or full color designs such as the ones shown below. We wanted to draw attention to these specific designs, because the customers who created them used a “glow” effect that makes the text look like neon lights, which happens to show up really nicely against the black background of the picks. So, if you like the look of these examples, check out our custom guitar pick design site and play around with your own black celluloid design today!

Tis the Season!

Hey Clayton customers! We know that many of you are probably planning to order some custom guitar picks to give as awesome gifts for the holidays! We just want to help you be a little prepared. We have some specialty picks that are very popular, but they take a while to produce so we want to make sure that you include production time in your planning. If you are looking at ordering black celluloid, hot stamp foil picks, or glow in the dark picks that are needed by Christmas day, the deadline to place these orders will be next Monday, November 15th. So start designing today at www.claytoncustom.com! (see example designs below for black celluloid and glow in the dark picks) If you are ordering pick materials besides these three specialty materials, you will still want to be aware of final order dates to get your picks on time. If you choose standard shipping, you will need to place your order by December 16th. For priority mail, the deadline  is December 17th. For Second-Day Rush, it will be the 21st, and for Overnight Rush, it will be the 22nd. So, don’t let the holiday season sneak up on you! Place your order for custom guitar picks today!

Hallow-picks

Ok Clayton fans, Halloween is approaching, and it might be time to design some custom Halloween guitar picks! Do you have a special Halloween concert coming up and need some picks to throw out to the fans? Or maybe a Halloween party that you want some awesome favors for? Or, you might be planning a Halloween themed wedding! In any of these cases, custom picks would make a great addition to your special event! Shown here is an example of a great Halloween wedding guitar pick design, on our orange delrin material. Good pick materials for Halloween would include the orange delrin, black celluloid or glow in the dark picks. All of these materials are available on our website for creating custom designs. Don’t wait until the last minute; visit www.claytoncustom.com to create your spooky design today!

Brown is the new Black!

Looking to add some variety and warmth to your custom guitar picks? Try switching your design color to brown! Lately we have noticed some very nice brown designs being submitted by our customers, and we wanted to show them off. If you are creating a custom design for our colored picks, you are limited to using black only, but if you are working with any of our white picks, or our ultems, you are open to a whole new set of color choices! Shown in the image here are a white delrin pick, an acetal pick, an ultem pick, and another acetal (left to right). The design on the white delrin is a full color, full bleed design, which means that the design runs all the way to the edge of the pick. The acetal picks represent both a full color and single color design. The ultem is a great example of how a brown design can look great against the tan color, since ultems may have black, red, and/or brown printed on them. So, if you are thinking that black is out and brown is in, try your custom design today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Black and Yellow

During the past month, we have noticed that several designs have been submitted for printing on our black celluloid picks that are in yellow. The most common imprint color for our black picks is white, and red is fairly common as well. After seeing these yellow designs though, we have realized that the yellow on black makes for a great color combo that is sure to stand out! Our black celluloids are a specialty material that we provide as an option for custom imprinting. They are available in standard shape, and three different gauges; thin medium, and heavy. They can have printing on one or both sides of the pick. Black celluloids work the best with large text, and clear, distinct graphics. We have chosen to display the picks to the right as examples of designs that have the right qualities to really come out well. If you like the black and yellow color duo, try out your own design on our custom site: Clayton Custom Design Site!

Get the Classic Look

At Steve Clayton, we offer a variety of picks for custom design. One of the materials that can be used for custom creations is called ultem. Ultem picks are a favorite of our customers because of the high tone quality that they provide, and the grainy non-slip feel of the material itself. Ultem picks are available in three different shapes; standard, rounded triangle, and teardrop. You may also choose from 8 different gauges, ranging from a very flexible .38mm to an extra-heavy 1.2mm. Ultem picks can work with designs of single or multiple colors. However, when you design your custom ultem pick on our design site, keep in mind that black, brown, and red are the print color options available. Don’t be shy to use all three colors in your design, because, as you can see by the image shown here, they all look great against the tan background of the pick. So, if you are looking for a classic look for your personal picks, give ultem a try!

Endorsed Artist Choosing Black Celluloid Picks

Guitarist Juliana Tarter of Crimes of Passion has chosen to rock with our black picks.  Juliana is excited to receive her new guitar picks and is very pleased with her design. A lot of artist like our acetal guitar picks but if you’d like to have some more variety in your picks try our black celluloids.  Endorsed artists take advantage of the sleek looking custom black picks we have for custom.  The black picks are great for fans and they provide a professional clean look with their glossy appeal. Although these picks take 4-6 weeks to make they are definitely worth the wait. Order yours today through Clayton Custom Guitar Picks. If you are interested in becoming endorsed by Steve Clayton be sure to send your promo package with important information you can find in our contact info.

Bright Colors, Black Picks

Black celluloid picks are one of the newer materials that Steve Clayton, Inc. has provided for custom guitar picks. Black celluloids are a smooth material, with a slightly glossy finish. They are available in three gauges; thin (.5), medium (.8), and heavy (1mm).  Most designs created for black celluloid picks are white only, so we decided to draw attention to some of the full color designs that have been created recently. We find that red is another popular choice for designs on black celluloid picks, and bright red stands out really well against the black background. Anything bold and bright will look fantastic on the black picks, such as the Simon Sez picks shown in the image here. Hot pink can also look great to add some flare to a design. Visit www.claytoncustom.com to play around with some bright color designs on our black celluloid picks!

Simply glowing!

We wanted to show off some of the recent glow-in-the-dark pick designs that customers have ordered. Glow-in-the-dark picks are still a fairly new item that Steve Clayton, Inc. has provided for custom design, but they are definitely a hit! Glow picks don’t look that much different from other picks at first sight, but all you have to do is put them under a bright light for a couple minutes, and they are sure to stand out at a dark rock concert! Simple designs with thick, bold lines come out best on the glow picks, which is why we chose these three designs as great examples. Each design has a name and an image to give them the personal touch, but they are not overcrowded with detail. So, if  you are thinking about designing some custom glow picks, have a look at the picks shown here to get some ideas! To design custom glow picks: Clayton Custom

Pick of the Week, Forgetful Jones

This week we selected a pick from the band Forgetful Jones . They are a really cool band from Boston that plays a eclectic style of Hard Rock, Funk, Reggae, and Blues. They are quoted as their music being a “reflection of their individual and collective struggles, trials and triumphs”  Their music is influenced by legendary artists which include James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers.  Their pick is printed on our white delrin .80mm material. We love this pick, because it really shows how detailed we can get with our printing.  All of those little tiny circles really came out crisp and clean. We also love the red and black combo. It is great pick that really gets the bands name out to their fans.  You can find out more about the band Forgetful Jones on their myspace page at: http://www.myspace.com/fjrock. If you are in the  Massachusetts area please be sure to check this band out!

Black and White

Lately, at the Clayton custom department, we have been noticing some really cool black and white designs created by our customers, and we wanted to show them off! All of these designs were created for white delrin picks, and they have a really classy look. Using a full bleed black and white design can create the illusion of having a patterned pick, such as the pick shown on the farthest left. There is a lot of freedom with these kinds of designs, even though only one color is used, and they are always eye-catching. Whether they are for a band, a wedding, or a business promotion, black and white art is an example of how simplicity can often be the best way of creating an appealing design.

Pictures of our NAMM booth

We have been getting lots of requests to put up pictures of our 2010 NAMM booth. I finally got around to getting them on here.  We had a double decker booth this year with a lounge at the top.  In addition we had 2 sound proof offices to conduct meetings in. As anyone who has ever been to NAMM knows, it is very loud! Without the sound proof rooms it can be quite impossible to get any business done, especially in Hall C were we are located.

Full Color Black Raven

Just wanted to give everyone an update on some of the amazing picks we are printing on our black raven material. We have been getting so many interesting designs, we can’t help but share these with everyone. All of the ones I selected today show all kinds of different shading, effects and detail. One of the hardest things to get to turn out on a pick are flesh tones. As you can see on the Krakshi pick we really got the realism of the hand. Plus all of the picks have incredible detail. If you are interested in purchasing some of our black raven picks you won’t regret it! They come in 3 gauges, .50mm, .80mm, and 1.00mm. Prices for these picks start at only $39 for 100 white imprint and $69 for 100 full color imprinting.

black_picks22

A Perfect Pair!

Red and Black always seem to turn out flawless together. redblackThese are some that we just imprinted this week. This combination is one of the most popular color schemes that we imprint. The Cherry and IRAL pick is a good example of what kind of coverage of solid black we can imprint. We often get many orders with a solid black background and just a name or small logo on it. We usually do not accept this for imprinting because it tends to not turn out quite so well and with past orders we had complaints about the outcome. Now we recommend that you do not imprint the pick with more then 50% coverage of a single solid color. The way the IRAL pick uses a large white imprint and some red with the black  we were able to print it flawlessly. The Cherries use a little more black, but as you can see put together it’s not more then 50% coverage so it turned out well too. If you are looking for a black background, we would really suggest getting our Black Raven picks instead. Speaking of black raven we should have included a scan of one with red on it. The red and white really look great on our Black Raven. You can check out examples of this on an older post of mine named Black Raven.

A Pick from our Archives – Johnny Cash

johnny_cash1Every once in awhile when I am looking for something in my office I come across a custom pick we did from a long time ago. Just today I happened upon this Johnny Cash pick that we made. This exact pick is probably about 18 years old! Yes, very old. It is our Rounded Triangle Acetal (in Black) Johnny’s signature color, with his signature on it in white, gauge .50mm. Johnny loved our Acetal so much, but didn’t want it in white, so we had our Acetal material made in black just special for him. This pick is pretty hard to come by now a days because Johnny didn’t use them as his toss out picks. They are the true picks he played with and loved. I have often seen this pick go for over $100 on ebay. So if you ever come across this pick or already have it in your collection, It was made by Clayton! johnnycashFrom what I know most other Johnny Cash picks are either newly made fakes, or were his toss out picks. Johnny ordered 1,000’s of picks from us until his passing in 2003. He actually ordered so often from us that we would pre-make the picks a head of time. So when Johnny passed we were left with about 2,000 of his printed picks that were made in advance. People who knew we made the pick have called and begged for at least one of them, but sorry we will not give or sell the picks. They were only meant for Johnny.