Steve Clayton Blog

Our Employee of the Month – Juana

We wanted to share with everyone that our employee of the month for February is Juana!!!  Juana is one of our employees that we employ in factory with a developmental disability. One of our goals as a company is to give back to society, and we do this by providing jobs for individuals in our community that have disabilities.  For over 20 years continuously we have employed disabled individuals in the production of our products.  We average about 25 of these individuals at at time. With about a quarter of them working on location in our factory.  Everyone loves having Juana around! She always is friendly and is quick to make everyone smile.  Juana was awarded a custom pick necklace with her name on it for being a super star in our packaging department!

New Endorsement – Ian Severson of Future Leaders of the World

Congratulations to Ian Severson becoming our new endorsed artist!  Severson currently is the guitarist for the band Future Leaders of the World. In 2004 the band was formed in Buffalo, New York recording a demo in Los Angeles.  They signed with Epic Records for their full release of LVL IV featuring the hit “Let Me Out.”  Future Leaders of the World has their sound comparable to the Nirvana grunge.

Severson has also played as guitarist for the band Gingerjake.  He was given the name as “shrediculous” while playing with Gingerjake in 2003.  The band recorded with producer Cameron Webb who also produced Tenacious D.  “Karats” was a big hit getting lots of airplay on the Mpls station 93x.  Congrats again Ian for becoming our new endorsed artist!  We look forward to supporting you with our Clayton guitar accessories and specialized custom picks.

Angry Shadow

Fans be sure to check out the new endorsed artist Angry Shadow.  Here is a clip for you to enjoy .  While I checked out the bands website I found one video you’ll have to see for yourself called “The Eruption by Bryan G. Jackasski”   We are happy to support them with our unique custom picks.  I was very happy with how well the Angry Shadow’s picks came out.  You can find out more band info with their website AngryShadow.com.


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Miss Ida Ljungqvist Signs at NAMM for Clayton

The Playmate of the Year Miss Ida Ljungqvist was in full bunny costume signing autographs and handing out picks with her signature on them at NAMM 2010 for us.  She had a very long line of fans waiting to get her autograph!  To see the whole line of Playboy products please check out our website at: www.playboyguitars.com.

Our New Glow in the Dark Custom Guitar Picks

You may have noticed that we started offering Glow in the Dark custom guitar picks about 2 months ago.  Since the very hour they went live on our website, we have been getting tons of orders for them.  Way more than we ever anticipated. Here is a picture of a few of the ones we shipped out yesterday.  Our Glow in the Dark picks can only be printed with black ink.  In the dark the black ink allows you to still see the image when it glows.  I will try to get a picture of what the look like in the dark soon.

How long was that line???

I have been asked so many times how long our line was at NAMM to meet Kyle Gass.  We do know that it spanned a couple of isles and was extremly long. We were lucky enough to recently obtain some video footage that shows at least half of the length of the line. The other half of the line goes to the right, and was broken up in order to allow traffic to flow by. Click on the picture below to view the Quicktime movie.

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.

Moe’s Southwest Grill Picks, Mmmmm!

We made a ton of picks for the yummy Moe’s Southwest Grill last week. I am a little late on this post as we made them and shipped them while I was at NAMM.  Moe’s had a really tight deadline, but we got them off to them on time! One of our specialties is making very tight deadlines. These picks were make to promote their www.beadeadringer.com site. Moe’s is holding a contest to forever be immortalized on their walls.  If you look like a rock star then you can win! So check out the site and submit your photo! If you really like their picks you can buy some of them from the merchandise section of their website along with some t-shirts!

Kyle Gass just won’t Rest until Clayton is the Best!

After 3 hours of signing autographs at the Clayton booth at NAMM 2010, Kyle had a few words to say about his favorite pick company.

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Kyle Gass Signs at Clayton NAMM booth

Yes, it is true! Kyle Gass of Tenacious D / Trainwreck came to the Clayton Booth at NAMM 2010 to do

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showed up to meet him and get

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an autograph with a line that spaned over 3 aisles!  Some fans waited in line over an hour to be one of the

first to meet him. Kyle did not disappoint, and signed for 3 straight hours without stopping!   Kyle has been a long time user of Clayton Acetal Rounded Triangle .63mm picks.  Clayton has been doing custom imprinting for Kyle Gass and Jack Black for over 10 img_3522years now! Kyle came by to promote his band Trainwreck and theirimg_3501 new album Theimg_3509 Wreckoning.  He signed Trainwreck posters and gave out limited edition Tenacious D: In the Pick of Destiny picks with his printed signature on the back. Not to mention he was also asked to sign lots of Tenacious D memorabilia.  Kyle Gass caused such a commotion at NAMM it required 8 security guards to keep the crowd under control! Keep checking back for a blog about Kyle Gass’ band Trainwreck and a video about why Kyle just won’t rest!

Cirque du Soleil – Chris Angel and Viva Elvis Pick Necklaces

We just got done doing a large pick necklace order for both Cirque du Soleil Chris Angel and Viva Elvis.  These are both amazing shows, so next time you are in Vegas make sure to check them out!

Below are descriptions of each of the shows:

“Viva ELVIS®, a harmonious fusion of dance, acrobatics and live music, is a tribute to the life and music of Elvis Presley. Nostalgia, modernity and raw emotion provide the backdrop for his immortal voice and the exhilaration and beauty of his music.” Click to visit the Viva Elvis Site

“CRISS ANGEL® Believe™ will be a haunting exploration deep inside the inventive mind of mystifier Criss Angel as he hovers between the land of the living and a surreal world uniquely woven together by the distinctive imaginations of Criss Angel and Cirque du Soleil.” Click to visit the Chris Angel Believe Site

James Otto’s New Picks

We just got finished with an order for James Otto. He went with a completely different design since he has a new single and album coming out. The new design looks great! james_ottoI just went over to his myspace to check out his new single, “Since you brought it up”. Like his other songs this one is great, and the lyrics rock! I especially liked the chorus, it’s pretty catchy. Jame’s personally uses our Acetal, Rounded Triangle, 1mm picks. If you haven’t had a chance to here his new single yet it is definently worth checking out (available on his myspace, linked above)! Also, his myspace has a list of all his upcoming shows if your interested in checking him out live.

Brotherhood of the Lake

We received another set of contracts back from Glasstone Records, this one is for the band Brotherhood of the Lake. They are located in Plymouth, United l_ebf6f56f712645668d2a3417adf339dbKingdom. This band is considered metal/rock/hardcore. While listening to their press kit I definitely got the idea that they were a heavy metal band. Which it was great to hear for a change, since we’ve been receiving mostly rock/punk/country press kits lately, which of course is just as great! We like variety around here, music is music, right? We are more then interested in reviewing all stages of bands, and in endorsing new bands. If you are interested in an endorsement and use our products you can mail us a press kit to:

Steve Clayton Inc.

Attn: Endorsement Relations

201 Rogue River Pkwy

Talent OR 97540

Black Raven

black_ravenThe Black Raven custom picks have become so popular! Here is a few that we ran this week and wanted to share with you. We can imprint white and full color imprints on the Black Raven. Of course white imprints the best on black, however, don’t hesistate to try other colors! Red and White really stand out on the Black Raven because they are brighter colors and look great together. We don’t really suggest designs with very fine detailing however you can always ask if you are unsure if it would turn out or not. Colors like purple, red, bright green, and dark orange or yellow really look best on this pick. It’s usually best to use a design that has solid colors in it rather than a gradient or excessive shading in it.  We have it available in the traditional sizes of thin, medium and heavy.

Earth Day – Garage Band Picks

garage_bandSince it is Earth day we thought it would be fitting to talk a little bit about our Garage Band guitar picks that we released in January of ’09. Each package contains over 100 mixed guitar picks. This mixed assortment are our picks that didn’t get put back into their correct re-claim bin, or fell onto the floor, where misprinted, etc. These all get collected, all images removed and re-packaged into nice clear boxes. Not only are the picks in the box reclaimed, but the box itself is a reclaimed item that is finding its 2nd use to hold this guitars picks. Hopefully the box will even find a 3rd use as a continuous home for your wayward picks.

If you have a band this is a great pick assortment to have around. Pretty much everyone will find a pick they will love in here. Plus they aren’t the cheap filler picks like you may see other companies sell. These picks are all Acetal, Delrin, Ultem, and Premium Celluloid! At the retail price of $16.98, you really just can’t go wrong with these.

You can purchase our garage band picks at the link below:

Garage Band Picks

Custom Picks – Green

Hmm wasn’t St. Pattys day last month? Well it must be spring fever then because we’ve had several Green orders this month!green_pick1 Most of the picks featured are on Green Delrin which is made out of a very durable material and is one of the most popular and widely used materials available. We offer Delrin is 5 other colors such as red, orange, yellow, blue, and purple. They are colored according to gauge. The Green Delrin is made on the .88mm gauge which is a slighly heavier medium gauge. The one in the middle is on our Color Pearl which is made out of celluloid. This one was for a wedding, and was colored to match the wedding colors. The really exciting feature about the Color Pearl is that we can color it to match just about any color you choose! And you can choose the gauge as well, so basically it is compeletely customized to suite your needs. Also, believe it or not our White Delrin is in that circle featuring a full green over bleed. If you can’t pick them out it is the Joe Bachman Crew pick and the one with faint white lines next to the Colfax pick. It’s a good example of what we use the “full bleed” feature for. We normally don’t suggest covering the whole pick with a solid background, however, these 2 are great examples of what can be done. A background that has other colors in it with a logo usually turns out great with a full bleed. We would suggest using either the Acetal Polymer or White Delrin picks for full bleeds.

James Otto Concert

2james_ottostageIn a prior blog posting we mentioned that we recently have started endorsing James Otto. James and his management team were nice enough to let Patty McGrade (Sales Dept. at Clayton, Inc.) and her daughter Kathy go backstage for a Meet & Greet with James at his concert in Schaumburg, Illinois last night (April 16th). James and his team were so accommodating to them and we all really appreciate their kindness. You can see James’ Clayton picks in the picture at left in his mic stand. James uses the Clayton Acetal 1.00mm. His picks are custom imprinted and have the endorsed eagle on the back. If you didn’t james_ottoread our prior post about James, please follow the links below to listen to him and find out more information about this amazing country performer.

James Otto Official Website

James Otto’s Myspace

Click to Listen to James

Custom Picks – White Delrin

So I decided to pull out my favorite White Delrin picks for the month…and I came up with quite a few. White Delrin is probably my

Custom Guitar Picks

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favorite material that we have just because of how well every logo seems to turn out on it. It is a solid bright white guitar pick, so everything really pops on it. As you can see in the White Rose pick, and the VC pick the brighter colors look very nice and pop out on it. I also thought that the B&P photo turned out gorgeous on this material. All the details of the photo came out very crisp and clear. There’s also a wedding pick in the pile somewhere :), in the spring/summer months we do several orders for weddings. The most popular saying is something like Stephanie Picked John, or John Picked Stephanie with the date. But I’ve been seeing a lot of unique ones lately with designs surrounding their intials. Congrats to all the newly weds! If your looking for a high quality pick but are also interested in your image really standing out I would suggest getting the white delrin. It will definitely suite these needs.

Ed Hardy – Guitar Picks

hardy_picksCurrently our Ed Hardy picks are selling like crazy, so I thought I would take a moment today to talk about the pick line.  If you don’t already know about Ed Hardy, once you know you will start seeing it every where, especially on celebrities and musicians.  Their clothing and other items feature colorful classic tattoo designs by Don Ed Hardy.  Clayton, Inc. started making Ed Hardy guitar picks over 3 years ago. When we started the brand wasn’t that strong, but we really saw the potential for it, and since then taboutus_ed_picheaboutus_christian61 brand has really exploded!  Our Ed Hardy picks are printed on our premium pearl celluloid material. The bright pearly white really sets off the colorful Ed Hardy images.  You can check out many of the Ed Hardy items on their website here: Ed Hardy Website.

Don Ed Hardy (pictured left) the artist behind the design is known as “the godfather of modern tattoo”, for his sophistication, depth and sense of experimentstaion. His art is really amazing and I encourage you to take a look at them.  The artwork got turned into a huge success by designer Christian Audigier (pictured right). Christian is the designer of other popular lines such as SMET™ and Von Dutch™. Christian has built a fervent following for his Ed Hardy® and the eponymous Christian Audigier™ brands. Celebrities such as Madonna, Britney Spears, and Kanye West, among others are frequently seen wearing his unique designs.

To find out more info on the guitar picks we offer click here: Ed Hardy Guitar Picks