BOO! Don’t forget to place your order today and receive 15% off custom guitar picks with promo code BOO16, you also will receive a free pack of Duraplex 0.60mm picks!
Then you definitely want to give our new Uke picks a try! These high-density felt picks made from a combination of wool and cotton will make for your favorite ukulele pick. Each feels comfortable in your hand while producing beautiful tone from your ukulele or other stringed instruments. Choose Palm Leaf Design in shades of green or Wave Design in Yellow, Orange, and Red. You can buy your own set directly from our store by clicking here and earn up to 6 points towards your next purchase with us :-)! Just $5.99 for a pack of 3.
Clayton endorsed artists Pink Doodle Poodle from Japan releases a new video, using Clayton picks during the production of the song of course! View the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqR3DkhYFDE&feature=youtu.be
The colors and scenery in the video are awesome, not to mention the vocals and guitar playing!
We have always offered our standard Variety pack which features 6 of our most popular picks, but have you always wanted to get your own pack of picks to sample a larger selection of what we have to offer? Well, now you can! This is also a great way to buy picks if you play with different styles, materials, ect.! You can select 12 guitar picks from 9 of our most popular styles (featured below) and better yet you get to select the pick type, shape and gauge all just for $9.99 (plus shipping). Mix and match and discover your favorites, click here to buy now!
We have expanded our Acetal line of picks with 3 new shapes! We now offer our Acetal in Sharp Standard, Sharp Triangle, and Sharp Teardrop. Get an extra edge with these picks that are made from our renowned Acetal material. Strength is key to the ultimate performance. The composition of Acetal gives you just enough stiffness to give you those killer power chords, but has just enough give so that you’re not busting strings left and right. Plus this pick has a matte surface that prevents it from moving or slipping in-between your fingers. These are great for speed picking and fast riffs! We also offer them in all 8 gauges for each shape. Check them out here http://steveclaytonstore.com/product-category/guitar-picks/acetal-sharp/.
Don’t delay on placing your custom guitar pick order…there are just 5 days left for our 20% off Father’s Day Sale!
Custom picks make wonderful Father’s Day gifts! They are useful for Dads who like to rock out, and the custom printing on them adds that personal touch.
Now through the 14th, we are offering a 20% discount on all custom guitar pick orders placed through our website at www.claytoncustom.com. Just use the promotional code “DADSROCK” when you check out to have the discount applied!
Products used: Clayton Custom Rounded Triangle Acetal .63mm
Jon: “I worked at a music store for years and after trying nearly every pick out there I found that the Rounded Acetal Triangle pick provided me with the flexibility, grip, and durability I need.”
Brandon: “In a pile of picks, I will always find the Clayton.”
Jon Napoles and Brandon Freeman are a couple of transplants who fortuitously met in Fresno, CA. After years of dwelling in the same circle of musicians, fate (and stubbornness) would bring the two together as the last remaining full time musicians of the group. One fateful August day the two gathered every piece of equipment between them and songs almost began writing themselves. Thus, Cloudship was born.
Since then the duo has played over a hundred shows, self-released two EPs and two music videos, sold over 500 units at shows and obtained an endorsement deal with Clayton. Their signature mix of modern rock, Americana and electronic has quickly made them a force to be reckoned with, especially among young indie bands.
Carley Wolf Uses: Clayton Standard Acetal 1.00mm Custom Picks.
Carley’s Quote: “When I need that extra bite in my tone, Clayton pics do the trick. I love the way they feel in my paw!”
THE GHOST WOLVES
“… Some of the most corpulent, room-filling distortion I’ve ever heard…. in my book The Ghost Wolves win the award for most badass, face-melting tone” –– Premier Guitar
The Ghost Wolves’ name mirrors the ferocious, primal sounds the Austin, Texas duo conjure from drums (Jonny Wolf) and guitar (Carley Wolf), and acknowledges Carley’s upbringing among hybrid wolves on her family’s ranch. The duo take inspiration from a variety of American styles – blues, rock n’ roll, swamp-boogie – and spin it into a hybrid they’ve dubbed “stomp n’ roll.”
The band formed in 2010 and released their first EP, In Ya Neck, in 2011, followed by the seven-inch, Getchya Hip Thrust, before signing to Plowboy Records in 2014 and releasing the album, Man, Woman, Beast, recorded at Austin’s famed Arlyn Studios.
The duo have collaborated in the studio and on stage with Bushwick Bill (Geto Boys), Johnny Vidacovich (New Orleans’ drumming legend), and BP Fallon (Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, T-Rex, Thin Lizzy). The Ghost Wolves are constantly creating new music videos, art, and custom stage wear, but they are best known for their infectious on-stage chemistry, relentless touring, and raw energy, with over 1000 shows delivered and counting.
In 2014 alone the band played SXSW, Psych Fest, Ireland’s Electric Picnic, plus their first European tour dates. Japanese cult fashion line, Hysteric Glamour, flew them to Tokyo to play their 30th Anniversary event. The Ghost Wolves’ complete music catalog and custom merchandise were carried exclusively in Hysteric Glamour’s Japanese stores for the entire 2014-2015 winter season. Revered global fashion house, Perry Ellis, used an instrumental version of The Ghost Wolves’ song “Gonna Live” for a behind-the-scenes look at Michael Maccari’s debut collection for Fashion Week in New York City last fall. “Shotgun Pistol Grip,” recorded on Carley’s vintage one-string guitar and one of several live during which Jonny plays drums with his feet and left hand – while playing an analog synthesizer with his right – has been featured on the hit TV series Shameless.“Dangerous Moves” was used in Oxygen’s Bad Girl’s Club and in the over-the-top trailer for Japanese martial arts film, Why Don’t You Play in Hell? “Attack Attack Attack” was heard on MTV’s Real World: Explosion, “Itch” on Oxygen’s Funny Girls, and Oxygen’s Best Ink used “Gonna Live” and “Baby Fang Thang.”
Carley Wolf endorses Clayton USA picks, Silvertone guitars, and Eminence Speakers.
The Ghost Wolves’ Sites:
I.D.S.F.A. uses: Clayton Duraplex rounded triangle 0.88mm and 1.00mm
Travesty from I.D.S.F.A. Says, “If your going to pick a pick make sure to pick a Clayton pick, it should be the only pick you pick.”
R.I.P. from I.D.S.F.A. Says “Wait, these aren’t for picking your butt? Damn now my guitar smells funny, But sounds great!”
2 Time VRMA Award Winning Shock Metal Band
WINNERS OF THE 2013 VRMA AWARD FOR “BEST OF VEGAS”
WINNERS OF THE 2011 VRMA AWARD FOR “BEST SHOCK ROCK”
In early 2011 a band of miscreants came crawling from the darkest corners of sin city nevada. This pack of the undead and some not so dead come from many different genres of the unimaginable, yet their styles mesh seamlessly. They have an aggressive, hard, gritty edge that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. I.D.S.F.A. released their first full length self titled CD in September of 2013 with songs about revenge, death, mayhem, and zombies, that is just the tip of the iceberg.
And if the music wasn’t enough to make you’re pubic hairs curl, the stage show is not to be missed either. along with their side-kicks “The Bio-Bastards”, I.D.S.F.A. is whipping up a frenzy with a new and exciting show. it’s filled with drum beating zombies, an 8-foot anti-aircraft gun, washed up sea creatures from the japan tsunami, plus much much more. But wait, There’s more. The only Bleeding Bass guitar in existence is sure to make your jaw drop.
I.D.S.F.A. consists of Knuckletooth on vocals, Travesty on the Bleeding Bass, Dr. Skum on the drums, R.I.P. on guitar and The Bio Bastards with their on stage antics.
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!
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!
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!
Products Used: Clayton Custom Acetal Standard 1.00mm
“Clayton USA, I picked you because you are the best”
Born and raised in Libya, Tripoli, to Italians parents, it’s no wonder that music was a constant in Frank’s life. At the tender age of six, Frank’s family would move to Rome (his mother’s birthplace), where he was inspired by the sounds of his father’s music. An avid accordion player, Frank was moved by the romantic tunes produced by his father, and their effects can be heard in Frank’s music even today.
By the time the family immigrated to the United States, at age eight, Frank was inspired by the sounds of the late fifties and early sixties, prompting him to take guitar lessons. But it was the sound of The Beatles that motivated Frank most, and helped the teen to focus more seriously on his music.
By his late teens, Frank was playing gigs at weddings and small venues, eventually graduating to known jazz venues in and around town.
Flash forward more than thirty years, and today Frank Piombo’s portfolio is an impressive one. Appearing as lead guitarist and vocalist alongside Sidewalk Symphony, The Fantasy Band, Stepping Out, The New Prince Band, US & Co, the original Infernos; and sharing the stage with the likes of The Duprees, The Mello Kings, Vito and the Salutations, and Vito and the Elegants, Frank has proved to be much more than a jazz guitarist.
In addition to touring the New York Metropolitan Area, where he has built a solid fan base, Frank has also shared the stage with various European artists, such as “I Nuovi Angeli” and the “Formula Tre.”
Frank’s CDs (The Night Speaks; Sleepwalk; and Smooth Reminiscence) have led to a large international following, prompting several fan pages on Facebook. And his music is now heard throughout North America, and several other continents, including: Africa, Australia, Europe, and South America.
Since June 2012, Frank Piombo has held the #1 jazz artist position in New Jersey, according to ReverbNation’s Jazz Charts! And in 2014, Frank Piombo was accepted on the popular digital radio station Pandora, where he now boasts his own station.
Log onto Pandora.com and create the “Frank Piombo” station on your laptop or mobile device today!
All cds are available at the following locations: cdbaby, Amazonmp3, ReverbNation.com, iTunes and other locations. They are a combination of Straight- Ahead Jazz, Latin Jazz, Smooth Jazz, and Easy Listening Vocal Tunes.
As well as his own compositions, Frank performs the works of George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Sonny Rollins, Erroll Garner, Larry Carlton, Ronny Jordan, Nick Colionne, Euge Groove, Horace Silver, Lionel Richie, Bobby Hebb, Duke Ellington, Cannonball Adderley and many others.
Products used: Clayton Custom Colored Delrin 1.14mm picks
“Steve Clayton custom picks are the best quality picks I’ve ever used.”
Austin Schmidt, plays lead guitar and sings back-up vocals for the band Shot In The Dark. He began playing guitar when he was 11 years old and went on to play in a band when he enrolled at West Coast Rock School at the age of 13. For years Austin played with several different bands, learned additional instruments, sang lead vocals, and appeared at many different venues. When Shot In The Dark was formed in the spring of 2013, Austin was able to take his musical talent to a different level. The band began writing and recording original songs and released their own ep in June of 2014. While playing with Shot In The Dark, Austin has had the opportunity to play two different dates during the 2014 Vans Warped Tour as well as many other festivals and events throughout southern California. Shot In The Dark has been able to open for such prominent acts as Escape The Fate, We Came As Romans, SECRETS, The Dead Rabbitts, Alien Ant Farm, and The Tubes.
Products Used: Clayton Custom Acetal 1.52 Gauge Guitar Picks
“The Best Guitar Picks Ever…i’ve tried and played with lots of different brands over the years but this picks are out of this world….”
Lost in the Forest of a Dream, Andy Sarcone Rooney (Lead Guitarist / Vocalist)
conjured up this hex on a windy night, under the light of a SPELLED MOON…
Conceived in a professional studio atmosphere since the beginning and styled on an eclectic mix of Power Metal and Neo Classical flavors with movie score backgrounds.
11 tales were written for this first album, and the magic began to happen.
The recording sessions soared to new heights of production value
At Tony Bongiovi’s POWER STATION studios with main manager, Rob Roy, and chief engineer, David Levy.
Soon after kicking hard Patrick Johansson (Yngwie Malmsteen) joined ranks to play the mighty drums bringing a marvelous style and performance.
Claudio Pesavento (studio keys for Dokken / Jeff Beck / foreigner) who brought some furious melodies within his piano playing.
Stinging with Venomous bass playing style Ralph Rieckermann (Scorpions) joined this crusade and took over the low end.
Moving in full throttle, The band went into gear.
Daniel Trajtemberg “DANKER” (Rata Blanca / Mario Ian / Malon) captured the essence of this musical assembly and became the visual director, illustrator and photographer.
following destiny from shore to shore Mr Rooney moved across the mountains to build a recording studio within “BLACK GATES” upon the city of fallen angels in Los Angeles California, where the band writes,records and produces the entirety of its material.
The EP “Forsaken Spells” conjures up a compilation of legends and every day situations
masked in fantasy tales from long forgotten times.
Some of them rooted on real life characters from centuries ago.
Countless moons passed by in the making of this taster
bearing a previously unreleased Scorpion’s song (written by Ralph Rieckermann and Grace Sharington).
Now called “Hidden in the Winds” (lyrics and arraignments by Andy Rooney).
The following power ballad, “Soul Mates,” chronicles a man’s struggle to cope with the loss of his eternal lover & triumphantly finishing with the clincher of the trio, a thunderous call to battle aptly named “A War of Shadows.”
A determined engineer Dave Jenkins (Uli John Roth, Joe Lynn Turner, Matt Sorum, etc.)
mixed this Extended Play at The Wine Cellar Studios in California,
Then Brad Vance from Red Mastering (Ritchie Blackmore’s Night, Cannibal Corpse, Fates Warning) For the final tweaks, at the dawn of 2012.
Soon after Mr Jimmy Wiggle (Zakk Wylde, Eddy Van Halen, Slash) was in charge with tweaking and modifying the amplifiers heads that will be used on the full lenght album.
by May of 2014 – as one of the many guest in SPELLED MOON,
Bass player Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, House of Lords, Impellitteri); records 2 songs with the band bringing great tasty licks to those tunes….
Nov of 2014 – Mr Joe Petro (Heaven and Earth / Randy Piper (W.A.S.P)) becomes the permanent bass player with whom recording sessions resume bringing to the band eccentric tones and licks with his many 8 Strings Basses. With a whole team and a strategy, SPELLED MOON keeps writing chapters for this story; SM plans for the full length album to be released really soon.
At the witching hour in times of sorcery we gather, under the light of a SPELLED MOON…
Andy Sarcone Rooney.
Products Used: Jeff uses Acetal Standard , 1.52mm & Richard uses Acetal Standard , 1.00mm.
“I have a unique style of playing with my fingers and a pick. Every other pick I’ve tried tends to slip and fall out of my hands, but not Steve Clayton picks. Maybe it’s magic, but whatever the reason, I’ll never consider another company!” – Jeff Sumrell
“Steve Clayton picks, I can honestly say, are the finest picks money can buy. I have used them for over 20 years. I recommend them to all my fellow guitarists and guitar students. If you want the best, you want a Clayton!” – Richard Gulczynski
EPIC F****** BRUTALITY! Classically Composed / Brutally Rendered . . These are the only words that can accurately describe Solace of Requiem. The band is from the United States and plays a most unique and original form of extreme metal. Sometimes labeled as “Technical Blackened Death Metal”, SOR’s music is not only instrumentally technical, but is also technical in composition. Blending together an array of haunting technical passages, classical movements, grim ambience and relentless brutality, with a diverse assortment of highly intelligible extreme vocals. Making it is easy to hear the vast collection of influences that are incorporated within Solace Of Requiem‘s music. As opposed to the overdone “riff 1, riff 2, chorus, repeat” format, or simply juxtaposing a string of so-called “brutal” riffs with no rhyme nor reason, Solace Of Requiem has created music that is unique in sound, as well as in structure. Making extreme metal that is in a genre all its own.
Products used: Custom White Delrin picks – Standard shape, 0.8mm
“My fans wanted my guitar picks. They like to keep them as a souvenir of my show. When i found out Clayton makes customized guitar pics I started putting the Alex Cole logo on them. I like to throw them out to the crowd. People love them and I love playing with these picks! They help to define my groove and tone! They’re very resistant. Nothing better than Clayton Picks!”
With his wild guitar style, Alex attacks the stage and sends his dynamic energy into the crowd. This is something to be experienced! This band performs all original music that will remind you of AC/DC, Van Halen, Ted Nugent. It’s classic 1980’s ALL NEW rock n’ roll.
“Alex Cole, a pure high energy Rock and Roll show!”
“Rock has risen from its grave. When Alex Cole enters the stage it isn’t a person you are seeing but a reincarnated Rock Star…”
VALLEY SCENE MAGAZINE, Los Angeles
“Alex Cole who delivers to the audience edgy guitar riffs
ROCK HARD MAGAZINE
“Great band indeed fantastic rock, Alex Cole Being the singer, songwriter and lead vocalist there very little in the way of pure talent these guys don’t have!”
ROCK BANDOM RADIO
Video from The Canyon Club: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Video from The Mint: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Mp3’s of more songs: http://www.alexcolebigrough.
We have some great recent reviews: http://www.alexcolebigrough.
We would like to extend congratulations to our endorsee Gio Lombardi on his win for Best Instrumental/R&B song in the 2015 Akademia Music Awards! Check out this page here to listen to his song that won!
Also, you can catch him playing live with his Clayton Acetal Rounded Triangle 0.80mm or 1.00mm picks next Tuesday, the 28th by clicking here. For more on Gio visit him on any of the following sites:
Products Used: Clayton Custom Delrin picks.
”I love Clayton picks because they adapt well to any style of music and being a session player I look for versatile tools that help me play through any musical situation. It all starts from these picks!”
Ian Michael Litovich (Born on December 11th 1990). From San Juan Puerto, Rico. Having been influenced by his father to consider playing an instrument, Ian began to explore his interest at a very young age. Enrique Litovich, also an accomplished musician, had raised Ian an environment filled with guitars, recording equipment, and passion for music. But it was upon hearing The Beatles’ ”Abbey Road” at 12 that Ian’s perception of music began to change. It wasn’t long before Ian pestered his father into teaching him his first guitar chords.
Ian supplemented his father’s lessons by listening to music, reading books and observing other performers. After practicing for one year Ian’s curiosity spread to the bass guitar. Heavily-influenced by Paul McCartney’s melodic bass playing, Ian taught himself to master it. Next he taught himself to play piano, applying the same fervor he’d used to learn guitar. His enthusiasm soon spread to learning the recording process. Taught by his father to use a standard cassette tape recorder, Ian quickly graduated to record on reel-to-reel tapes in a small studio that he’d built in his own room.
Ian got his first taste of playing live when he performed for his high school at the age of 15. People started to recognize his talent and soon he was invited to perform at almost every school activity.
Ian’s musical journey continued when he received a drum set for his 16th birthday. Ian taught himself to play the drums with the same curiosity and drive he’d approached everything else musical. Once he mastered the drums, he set out to conquer the last piece of the musical puzzle: vocals. Being the most difficult thing to master, he began to record himself singing (and playing) multi-track covers, analyzing his own performance and looking for ways to improve. It wasn’t long before Ian boiled down it all down to a polished vocal style.
By the age of 17 Ian began playing the local circuit with cover bands and at the same time writing and recording his own material. Ian soon began making contributions to local bands and artists landing his first few gigs as a session musician. As Ian earned the respect of local artists and musicians he began to make a name for himself. Videos he’d posted of his multi-track recordings on Youtube and Facebook of multitrack recordings gave him wide recognition as a multi-instrumentalist and self-producer.
Products used: Clayton Ultem Teardrop 0.56mm
“I take a lot of pride in my sound. I was blown away by the difference in attack and tone when I switched over to Steve Clayton picks. Count me in for life!”
The South Bay of Southern California is no stranger to iconic and successful punk bands. There are many bands that take pride in calling the South Bay their home. Bands like Black Flag, The Descendents, The Deviates and Pennywise all hail from some part of a place that continues to create amazing music. Along with bands that have established themselves is a plethora of bands that are chomping at the bit to catch a break and bands that are making the South Bay’s renowned punk scene what it is today.
With so many punk bands in Southern California, it shouldn’t be a surprise to hear that members from three different bands are coming together to make something new by the name of WRATHS. Drummer Andrew Murphy and bassist Chris Kranes— from the rock ‘n’ roll band The Darlings— teamed up with 1208 guitarist Steve McCall and legendary Pennywise front man Jim Lindberg to create this unique sound.
WRATHS come to the scene with something that sets them apart from just another Southern California punk band. McCall’s technicality really adds a sound that keeps them distinct. He uses a chorus pedal which was big with bands like The Damned, TSOL, The Nerve Agents and even The Cure. When Lindberg first heard the music he admitted to hearing parts that reminded him of bands like, Washington D.C.’s melodic hardcore band, Dag Nasty and even Queens of the Stone Age. It’s these types of sounds that make it difficult to pigeon hole WRATHS.
“Steve Clayton Picks last, look great and perform the way I need from aggressive to subtle, they deliver!”
Guitarist/Vocalist David Miller has played guitar for 41 years, 30 of those professionally. Raised on classic rock, hard rock, country and blues, David’s style is both aggressive and versatile. David currently plays guitar for the hard rock band Kleverkill as well as fronting his solo project called David Miller & Stones Throw, where he handles all guitars as well as lead vocals. Kleverkill released a 4 song E.P. and a video for the song “New Life” in January of 2016. The band plans a new release sometime during winter of 2016. David Miller & Stones Throw will record in the winter of 2016 as well. David has also recorded and performed with the bands Bad Influence & Voodoo Highway. He has also recorded with EDM Artist KEEZ, Steven Michael Hartwell and 4Dub.
Products used: Clayton Custom Black Celluloid 1.00mm picks
“Steve Clayton guitar pick is the right tool for the right job,I feel very comfortable when I play my guitar with Steve Clayton guitar pick”
BLACK OIL is no stranger to sharing the stage with big acts like MEGADETH, FEAR FACTORY ,MOTORHEAD and have been direct support for bands like SOULFLY, OTEP, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, ARCH ENEMY, CARNIFEX, ANTHRAX, CATTLE DECAPITATION, MAGO DE OZ and more. Played at festival like Hell and Heaven Festival, Revolution Fest Guadalajara Mexico , Mayhem Fest 2012 Usa and more.
Etsegenet released her first solo album called “YIMETAL” on july 2013. and have been performing with musicians from all over the place. recently Etsegenet was a part of Oscar nominated song “HAPPY” by Pharrell williams as choir singer.
Products used: Clayton Custom Picks
“Clayton picks rocks! It’s important to feel comfortable with my picks, they’re part of my sound!” – Marko
“Love it! The shape, the feel, the sound‚ simply great!” – Aleks
Pavic are a Rock band from Rome, Italy. The band’s influences range from Classic Rock to Alternative Metal.
Their latest critically acclaimed release Is War The Answer was mixed by producer Rick Beato known for his work with Shinedown, Fozzy among others.
Recently the band opened at the Rock In Idro 2014 festival in Bologna, Italy. Pavic shared the stage with Iron Maiden, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Opeth among others.
Check out the videos:
Song For The Rain (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsUdibJYCM0
Is War The Answer? (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNk7tHPnsDk
In Your Eyes (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTNPtaNu1mQ
Joe Calabro – vocals
Marko Pavic – guitars
Lorenzo Antonelli – keyboards
Aleks Ferrara – bass
Antonio Aronne – drums
Check out this short promo endorsed artist MADV made using his Clayton Custom picks!
Michael Valenzuela was no stranger to music growing up in a very musically inclined family. He spent the majority of his younger years in Washington state. His father was a musician playing in several well known bands, a road manager, and owns his own studio. His siblings play instruments, as well. When this family gets together, the Valenzuelas can’t resist the urge to make music together. It’s no surprise Michael fell in love with music at a young age and caught the fever for creativity.
Valenzuela is a purely multi-talented musician, doing everything from playing guitar and keyboards to recording and mixing. He composes music of many different genres including hip hop, contemporary, Latin rock, neo-classical, rock and heavy metal. Valenzuela is also quickly making himself known for shooting and editing video footage.
A guitarist first, Valenzuela has a great passion for playing. He is a virtuoso of guitar. His instrumental compositions are both moving and many times complex. These works are definitely a treasure to the ear and when watching him play, to the eye. His intricate fingering styles using string bending techniques make it evident that his pinch harmonics and hammer ons can keep up with the most superlative guitarists of the 80’s. Though very experimentational, it is clear this man has studied some of the most prevalent guitarists of our time, to form his own style. The flow and melody of these instrumentals gives a great number of them a very neo-classical sound, full of deep emotion.
– Queen Eilene.
We also offer Custom Drumsticks starting at only $44.00 (single color print) for 5 pairs! Just like our custom guitar picks you will be getting a high quality imprint on your sticks. These are a specialty item for us so they do take about 3-4 weeks to be made but the wait is definitely worth it! The artwork on our drumsticks are also sealed with a lacquer finish. Currently the drumsticks are offered in size 2b which is ideal for durability and heavy use. With drumsticks the imprinted design options are practically endless as any color seems to turn out amazing, however, we cannot imprint white ink. Anything that is in your design that is white will show through as the natural wood color of the stick. Drumsticks can be ordered at http://www.claytoncustom.com/drumsticks/ and if you have any questions/concerns before ordering we are always here to help! Just email our custom imprint specialists at email@example.com or give them a call at 877-752-9484!
Products Used: Clayton Custom Acetal Standard 1.26mm picks.
“Been using Clayton picks for 20 years! Claytons are the perfect plectrum! They enhance my tone and inspire creativity!”
Hailing from a musical family, Cleveland native Dave Baker is the grandson of Ruth Baker, who played guitar and sang backup for Roy Rogers. Inheriting her talents, Dave began playing guitar at age eight, and went on to study music composition and theory at Cleveland’s Modern Music School under the tutelage of highly acclaimed composer, arranger (Stan Kenton), and educator, Phil Rizzo. By age 16, Baker was officially a professional musician: going to school during the day and playing paid gigs in bars and clubs by night. His reputation soon earned him two Berklee College of Music scholarships, where he studied under jazz great Garrison Fuel, as well as Larry Bione, Bruce Saunders and Bruce Bartlett. He also became an honors graduate of Cleveland State University, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing.
Baker further distinguished himself in the professional music community when he composed and produced commercial music for the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Cardinals, WKYC-TV, Sports Time Ohio, KSDK (St. Louis), KPNX-TV (Phoenix) and Clear Channel Communications. He could also be heard playing guitar on many commercial jingles for McDonald’s, Mr. Hero, Pearl Vision, Sterling Jewelers, Matco Tools, Ohio Lottery and Cleveland State University. His work in Cleveland culminated in 2010 with an Emmy® nomination for musical composition and arrangement.
Dave relocated to Nashville shortly thereafter, where his broad range of experience and incredible talents have served him well as a freelance guitar slinger. As Baker’s playing had been described by Guitar Player Magazine as “non-stop guitar bliss,” he quickly built his reputation in Music City based upon his versatility and professionalism.
He has played guitar alongside such notable country artists as The Line, Luke Bryan, Thompson Square, Josh Thompson, Ashley Gearing, Darryl Worley, Justin Moore, Laura Bell Bundy, Randy Houser, Craig Campbell, Rodney Adkins, Brett Eldridge, Kip Moore, The McClymonts, Eric Paslay and, since early 2012, with Black River Entertainment recording star, Kellie Pickler. Dave is currently a standing member of her band in addition to pursuing his other music projects.
Over the course of his career Baker has performed at the White House, the Grand Ole Opry and at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, plus toured the US, Australia, China, Switzerland, Germany, and Afghanistan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan and Bahrain (the Middle East twice for the USO).
Television viewers have also seen him in action on Ellen, Craig Ferguson, Dancing with the Stars, The View and Good Morning America, as well as televised Opry performances on the GAC network.
In 2014 Dave recorded and self-released his debut CD, 71 South, an eclectic album that brings the listener a collection of diverse instrumentals that encompass musical cleverness, humor and virtuosity while humbly reflecting Baker’s character.
71 South’s ten tracks underscore his variety in musical styles. From the “tongue-in-cheek” neo-classical opener, “Guitar Center Saturday” to the Eastern European tinged “The Brothel,” Baker explores a wide array of musical genres including his Latin influenced “Esteban,” Ennio Morricone-inspired “Spaghetti Western,” and the title track “71 South,” which pays tribute to a jazzier, bop affected characterization.
Baker both produced the CD and played electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, Jew’s harp and rape whistle. The album’s musicians include drummer Rich Redmond (Jason Aldean), bassist Vail Johnson (Keb’ Mo’) and multi-instrumentalist/producer John Painter (Ben Folds/Sevendust), among others. 71 South is available for purchase on iTunes and CD Baby.