It’s Cyber Monday everyone, and our super sale is on! For one day only, we will be offering 20% off custom guitar pick orders! To order your custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com. When prompted for a promo code, enter in: and you will automatically receive 20% off your order. We offer 14 different pick materials to choose from, in a variety of shapes and gauges. Pricing starts at just $24.99 and we offer free 1st class shipping on all orders of 300 picks or less! Again, ONE DAY ONLY on this sale!! Will end at midnight central time! Start your design right away!!!
Wishing all Clayton Customers a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday! With Black Friday tomorrow, you are probably starting to think about that gift list for this year, and Clayton Custom Picks are the perfect present for the musicians in your life! (pssst…we do have a Cyber Monday sale coming up, so be sure to check your e-mail for the promo code!) Start checking off that list early from the comfort of your own home by ordering custom picks on our site at www.claytoncustom.com Starting at just $24.99, and with free shipping options, the gift of custom picks will not break your bank, and they have that personal touch in additional to being a practical item that any guitarist will love! Check our holiday shipping schedule below to make sure you get your order placed on time…the earlier the better! We also offer Custom Pick Gift Cards! Start creating your design today
This sale is three days only, so be sure to take advantage of it! Order custom picks now, and automatically get 15% off your order by using the promo code: TK12G. The sale started yesterday, so you can still order anytime today or tomorrow to use the 15% code. To order, visit www.claytoncustom.com and choose and design your picks. Save your design and click on the red “Order Pick” button to place your order. During the order process, you will be prompted for a promo code, so enter in promo code TK12G and the discount will automatically be deducted. Now is the perfect time to get a jump start on that holiday shopping!
…but the time to order our specialty custom pick items for Christmas is now! We know you are probably out in the shops seeing Christmas decorations popping up everywhere and thinking “Gee whiz, it’s not even Thanksgiving!” But some things are good to get a head start on. Custom guitar picks make a wonderful gift, and here at Clayton we offer a few items that take a little longer to get shipped out than most of our products. These include the black celluloid, glow in the dark and hot stamp foil custom picks. If you have been looking through our site and thinking that you might like to order one of these three types of custom picks for the holiday season, the time to place your order is now! Each of these materials has a 4-6 week production time, and you will want to allow for shipping time as well. Order today at www.claytoncustom.com!
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!
Those of you who are long-time Clayton Customers may have seen that we offer Eco friendly guitar picks through our site at http://www.steveclayton.com/ecopicks.php. Before now, these picks were only available with the standard Clayton Eco logo printed on them. Now we have added them to the options for custom printed guitar picks! Check it out at www.claytoncustom.com! Eco-Picks are an earth-friendly product made of a unique agricultural (non-petroleum) based polymer that is made utilizing renewable energy. Eco picks are made of a plastic that is certified compostable (BPI Certified to ASTM D6400). Now you can rock with a good sounding pick & be responsible to the earth while you do it! The custom Eco Picks are available in two colors; white and natural, and can be printed with any colors on one or two sides. They come in a standard shape and medium (.80mm) gauge. Shown to the left is an example of the natural colored Eco pick with a custom design. Order your own custom Eco picks today!
As many of you already know, Bret Michaels is one of our featured endorsed artists. Bret Michaels started his career as the lead singer of the metal band Poisen. He also starred in the hit shows, Rock of Love with Bret Michaels , its sequels, and was the winning contestant on NBC’s reality show Celebrity Apprentice 3. He now tours the country with The Bret Michaels Band, and we were lucky enough to have him appear in our home of the Rogue Valley in Oregon! Needless to say, the Clayton team made it a priority to go to his concert and meet him in person. All of us had a fabulous time watching Bret, and his band members Dirty Ray and Pete Evick who we also supply guitar picks for. They put on a rockin’ show and we had the opportunity to meet him and take a photo after the concert was over. A big thanks to Bret, Ray, and Pete and other members of the band and tour group. We love working with you!!
Looking for a premium pick that will stand the test of time? ZZ-Zinc picks are a new Clayton item that was added to our product line this year! These picks are crafted out of genuine Zinc alloy metal. They are made for producing tones that are clear and high, along with punchy bass and unprecedented volume, due to their heavy mass/metal composition. These picks are popular amongst electric, acoustic and bass guitarists alike. To help maintain grip on the picks and prevent slipping since they are metal, we have added a matte finish and a reversed embedded epoxy logo. These are heavy-duty picks that are designed to last throughout years of guitar playing! They are available in both a 1.0mm and 2.0mm gauge. To order your own ZZ-Zinc premium picks, visit http://www.steveclayton.com/premium.php today!
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.
We are excited to present this week’s Pick of the Week, which was made for the band Ashturn. “Ashturn is a Flemish (Belgian) band formed by Steve (drums), Raf (bass) and Mark (guitar) in 2003. After about a year of rehearsals and song writing Raf switched his bass guitar for a microphone and Tom joined the band as the new bass player. Dennis, who used to be in another band with Steve and Raf, joined the band as the second guitar player a few months later. 8 years later, Ashturn still has the same line-up. They are a bunch of very good friends who mainly want to have fun and who really enjoy making music together (which is probably the reason they have already survived this long as a band).”
“Ashturn plays a healthy mix of metal and hardcore and is influenced by a lot of modern and classic bands in both these genres. They’ve played a lot of gigs in youth clubs, rock bars and on the occasional festival, mainly in the Flemish part of Belgium but also occasionally abroad. One of the festival gigs they played was the result of Ashturn getting the most votes from the audience at a local rock contest. Their latest recording effort is an EP called “Heaven or a dark cold day in hell” which can be listened to for free in it’s entirety at www.ashturn.com. ”
“Ashturn is at the moment rehearsing for some upcoming gigs. In about two months time work will begin on some new songs which will hopefully lead to new recording sessions later. ”
To learn more about Ashturn, visit any of the following sites:
“As a bass player, I’ve always preferred the bigger rounded triangle shape picks. I play a down tuned 5 string bass so I need something to grab on to while furiously hitting the B string I had been using the same picks for years (made by a major brand) so I started to look for a company that could make me some picks with a custom design that are also equally comfortable as the ones I was used too. This took a lot of research. No company seemed to offer the right combination of materials, thickness, shape and printing possibilities that I was looking for until I found the website of Clayton Custom. A few minutes of trying out the fantastic custom guitar pick designer led me to the conclusion that my search had ended. For the design I chose one of the very nice band logo’s that was made by our guitar player Mark Vandebroek. Once the picks arrived I was extremely happy with the quality. These picks definitely offer the comfort I was looking for. On top of that, they were actually a tiny bit stiffer than the ones from my old brand which actually improved the clear, natural but also very punchy sound I am always looking for! So, great job by Clayton custom! Now I just need to make sure I can hold on to them as everyone I show them to (fans, fellow musicians, family and friends) wants to keep one for him/herself!”
Ashturn’s picks were made on our acetal guitar pick material, in the rounded triangle shape. We especially like how the shape of the picks fit really nicely with the band logo. To create and order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!
This week’s featured Pick of the Week was made for the band Scarlet Machine. “Scarlet Machine is a four-piece rock band made up of teens from the San Francisco Bay Area. These young musicians are making music like it used to be: jamming, not manufacturing. With roots in jazz, rock and funk, Scarlet Machine is about musicianship, great songs, and energetic performances. What you see is what you get.
All too often, bands in concert sound nothing like their CD. Scarlet Machine refuses to be one of those bands. Scarlet Machine draws from a wide array of inspirations because its members are so different. Kyle’s main inspirations are bands like Creed and Paramore. Keller’s inspirations roll to Queen and Radiohead. Nick’s include AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses. Matt’s are bands like A Day to Remember and The Devil Wears Prada.
Kyle says: “We are sort of like a recipe of rock. Each of us is a certain ingredient that wouldn’t be very good by itself, but combined it tastes amazing!” Their latest studio effort, “On Fire” was released September 24th, 2011 and was recorded and engineered by Teddy Gyi, mixed by Juan Urteaga of Trident Studios and mastered by Brad Gillis of Night Ranger.Scarlet Machine will be applying their creative ingenuity to a new studio effort due for release in late 2012. Scarlet Machine will get your blood pumping. Their energy, passion and skill promise audiences nothing less than a true rock show.”
To find out more about Scarlet Machine, visit their facebook page at http://www.scarletmachine.com/. Scarlet Machine’s custom guitar picks were made on our acetal material, and we loved the intricacy of their design. To create and order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!
The chosen Pick of the Week this week was made for the band Freaky Urban Troopers. They are a funk-rock/progressive-rock band from Vienna/Austria founded in 2011 who are currently starting out, playing (and winning;) several band-contests with national and international gigs and recording their first album in summer 2012. Here is a bio taken from their official site at http://www.freakyurbantroopers.com/:
Groovy beats, funky rock-guitars, freaky rhythms, fantastic melodies and a voice which enlightens your soul with pure desire and deliciousness. We come to rock your house, whatever you are up to. You may have heard of urban legends? …well…then you will probably like THIS:
Legend has it that it all started out as a songwriting-project between Juri and Michi in a shabby little students’ apartment in the slums of Alsergrund, Vienna, back in the late last decade, growing with the congeniality of their comrades in arms into something more inspiring, inconceivably ingenious and thriving than they would have ever imagined (isn’t it nice to be so down to earth besides being extremely modest at the same time?). Others say it was pure determination…or neither of it…who will ever know?
Fact is, that five talented artists with music in their heart and full devotion to their musical goals are on a mission to spread their freaky urban sound among their audience, keeping them procking and grooving. Freaky Urban Troopers are a force to be reckoned with…seriously…
You can also find out more about Freaky Urban Troopers on their facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/freakyurbantroopers.
The Freaky Urban Troopers picks were made on our white pearl material, which nicely supports their detailed red and black logo art. To design and order your own custom made guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com!
This week’s Pick of the Week was ordered by Clayton customer Tudor Adrian Negru. Tudor is a “previous guitar player in Romanian heavy-metal bands Refractara, Ronin and currently lead-guitar in a newly established band called Anomaly (http://www.facebook.com/anomalybandcluj). With the main influences of the band straying more into the hard-core/metal areas but with a taint of nu-metal and hard-rock, Anomaly tries to bring something unique to the musical scene in Cluj-Napoca and Romania. The band is currently working on writing material for their first demo album which should be finished by July 2012 and have already had several live performances along with some of the most well established and appreciated bands in the scene.
In order to bring that huge metal grind to the overall sound of the band, using heavier string gauges really does make a difference. Still, a common challenge that every guitar player in this genre faces is how to keep the tone tight and defined while also making it easier on yourself when playing heavy gauges.”
Tudor explains how he found Clayton picks: “Having being recommended Clayton USA and being handed a custom Clayton pick some time ago by one of the most established metal guitar players in the field, Balauru’ of Trooper, the search for that missing and much-needed element ended. It wasn’t long until I turned to have my own custom order with Steve Clayton USA. I find it that the Acetal 1.9 mm gauge suits my needs perfectly. The matte finish really keeps the pick where and how you need it to be while the material-gauge combination means that I can finally get that attack, control and tone definition that I was very much searching for even in the middle of a crazy live gig.”
“The custom layout features the above mentioned 1.9 mm Acetal standard shape but with the “Ronin” logo which stands for “one with no lord nor master” inspired by Japanese culture. The custom design was provided by established artist Paul Pantazescu (www.paulpantazescu.com) and in conjunction with Clayton craftsmanship it screams attitude, professionalism and strength.” To order your own custom guitar picks like Tudor’s, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!
Attention Clayton Customers!! Today is the last day to order custom picks during our Spring Sale! Right now, we are offering a 15% discount on any order of custom guitar picks placed on our website at www.claytoncustom.com!! This sales ends at 11:59pm Central Standard Time tonight! To use your discount, visit claytoncustom.com to create your custom pick design. Then, you can order your picks directly from the site! During the online order process, you will be prompted to enter a promotional code. To receive the 15% discount, use the code APR12. Be sure to use all capital letters and no spaces when entering in the code. Place your order today!!! Also, be sure to check out our custom drumsticks that we now offer, at http://www.claytoncustom.com/drumsticks/!!
Attention Clayton Customers!! Only five days left for our Spring Sale! Right now, we are offering a 15% discount on any order of custom guitar picks placed on our website at www.claytoncustom.com!! This sale goes through this coming Monday, the 23rd of April. To use your discount, visit claytoncustom.com to create your custom pick design. Then, you can order your picks directly from the site! During the online order process, you will be prompted to enter a promotional code. To receive the 15% discount, use the code APR12. Be sure to use all capital letters and no spaces when entering in the code. Remember, this code will expire at 11:59pm central time on the 23rd, so don’t delay! Also, be sure to check out our custom drumsticks that we now offer, at http://www.claytoncustom.com/drumsticks/!!
This week’s Pick of the Week was made for the band Whiskey Twin. “Whiskey Twin is a Minneapolis band that plays an eclectic mix of rock and alternative covers, in addition to original songs. The band met through a program at Minneapolis’ Twin Town Guitars, where bands play a set at a local bar after six weeks of rehearsals. The members of Whiskey Twin enjoyed the experience of playing together so much they wanted to continue and play their own gigs. They continue to hone their chops through ongoing involvement with one of Twin Town’s instructors, Mark Wade, who is also the bassist for the band The Melismatics.
The band is fronted by Mandy Simmons’ strong, confident and tender vocals. Mandy is supported by three diverse guitarists; Ed Fruin, Ed Wilms and John Morris. The band’s heartbeat comes from Tom Parsons on bass, and Tony Scott’s driving drums and occasional primal screams.
The band picked their name as homage to Twin Town Guitars, where they met; and Whiskey Junction, the bar in which they first played together. Ed Fruin designed the picks and took inspiration from the labels on the bottles of premium spirits.” Whiskey Twins’ picks were made on our white pearl guitar pick material, which best supports parchment background and variety of color in the design. To create your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com!
See http://www.facebook.com/pages/Whiskey-Twin/253379511378342 on Facebook for Whiskey Twin band updates and future gigs.
This week’s Pick of the Week was made for blues artist Jeff Strahan. Jeff usually plays with a three piece band made up of himself (guitar), bass and drums. He also plays piano and B-3. Here are a couple reviews of Jeff:
“Strahan is a fiery Texas spirit, a killer guitar player & piano pounder and singer, as wild as the high plains from which he hails, and as cool as the hill country where he lives. He’s as real & strong as lightning, I swear, and I love being around him, to hear how he’s going to knock me out next.” -Walt Wilkins
This week’s Pick of the Week was made for the Michael Matthews Band. Formed in Southwest Florida by Craig “Michael Matthew” Strickler, ten years ago, the Michael Matthews Band is a talented group of seasoned musicians that are appealing to all audiences bringing their own style and flair to the rock music, popular cover songs and their own original material that they perform. Mix that with the heart, soul and passion that these guys have for music and you have a winning combination!! They currently play the club circuit in Southwest Florida. You can find them on Facebook and Reverbnation. The Michael Matthews Band picks were made on our white pearl material, which adds a cool marbleized effect to their black and red design. They used the custom picks to make some awesome necklaces, shown in the photo below. To create and order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!Shown below is a photo of the Michael Matthews Band, they are: from left to right Craig “Michael Matthew” Strickler (lead guitar & lead vocals), John Hedlund (guitar & vocals), Dean Carmel (bass & vocals) and Neil Anthony (percussion & vocals).
Trapped In Static is an alternative rock/indie band based in New York City formed by singer/musician/songwriter Athan Hilaki (previously with GAD.). The band first started using the name Trapped In Static in October 2010 with Athan on vocals & guitar but a different line-up. After a small break, the band is back with a new line-up, Athan Hilaki on vocals, guitar & keyboards, David Torres on drums and Peter Douskalis on guitar & keyboards, joined on stage by George Kostopoulos (bass). In a very short period of time – less then 4 months (Dec 2011 – Mar 2012), Trapped In Static managed to have a big impact in the NYC crowd, and the show goes on!
– In December 2011, Trapped In Static finished 5th in the competition Hometown Hero by Z100, receiving more than 1500 votes.
– In January 30th 2012, the band appeared LIVE on TV, for “Minding Your Business” on the Manhattan Network Neighborhood, with great reviews and a second appearance coming soon!
– In February 10th TIS. performed LIVE on Nexus Productions Radio (broadcasted live on TV with EllasTV) & February 12th performed LIVE an unplugged version of their songs on Hellas FM.
Some recent live shows include some of the hottest live venues in NYC such as:
– The BitterEnd, Knitting Factory, Pianos, Bowery Electric, Arlene’s Grocery, The Delancey, National Underground, Tammany Hall and more…
This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band “Sister Mary Tarantula.” They are a working rock band based in Houston, TX. They have one independent album out, and they are currently writing material for their follow up album. The members of the band are: Mark Neely/Rhythm Guitar/lead vocals, Ernest Martinez/Drums, Pablo Gonzales/Bass, and Carlos Ulloa/Lead Guitar. Their style draws from a lot of classic heavy rock, such as Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio, Ozzy, etc… and they do a Dio tribute band as well called “Holy Diver.” Carlos was the member of the band who ordered custom picks from us. He says that, as a performer, he was a late bloomer into the guitar love affair. He started playing drums and took up the guitar at age 21. He has now been playing for 21 years, and he can seriously site his influences as “any one whom he has ever seen play!” but some of his favorites are the usual suspects of Vai, Pertrucci & Eric Johnson. You can sample the music of Sister Mary Tarantula here: http://www.myspace.com/
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.
Stoop Goodnoise, A band building, wrecking, and rebuilding again as they lead the way in the new Chicago Rock & Roll scene. Chicago has always been a city of collided cultures coming together to form something amazing and there is no band that encapsulates this like Stoop Goodnoise. A facepunch of 90’s grunge fury, punk choruses, and intergalactic guitar solos. One part Chicago street kids, one part classic rock phenoms, but all one original sound that can not be missed, that can not be ignored, that cannot be stopped.
They have played at numerous clubs around Chicago like House Of Blues Bottom Lounge & Beat Kitchen and have gone as far as being one of the three finalists in the MTV VMA 2009 Best Breakout Chicago Artist Contest where they supported All Time Low & White Tie Affair at Six Flags Great America. They’re set from that day was also featured on Comcast On Demand for the entire city of chicago to view at the push of a button.
They have just finished up they’re debut album “Crash Me, Cloud” At Million Yen Studios in Chicago with Sciphonic Productions set to be released on January 28th 2012 with touring and music videos planned in the coming months.
Check them out at:
A thrashing gust of energy from the windy city itself, Chicago rock band Losing Scarlet is ready to make a name for themselves! Losing Scarlet has gelled extremely well in 3 years and can about touch national recognition in every show that they play. Good things just continue to happen for this band.
Losing Scarlet is Jodi Kell (vocals), Scott Haith (guitar), and Shawn Kelly (drums). Once a show begins, everyone who wondered is now a believer as Losing Scarlet’s energy smashes out of nowhere and Jodi draws you in with an infectious stage presence. Losing Scarlet blends romp head-banging with an in-your-face groove that culminates in their own brand of “pretty metal”.
Losing Scarlet has spent the last 3 years consistently playing live, perfecting their stage presence, headlining shows and opening for national acts when the opportunity presents itself. Losing Scarlet has opened for national recording artists Five Finger Death Punch, Theory of a Deadman, Godsmack, Adelita’s Way, Black Stone Cherry, Alter Bridge, Pop Evil, Nonpoint, Soil, Days of the New, Tantric, Taproot and Bullet For My Valentine.
Losing Scarlet has been on one wild ride; we invite you to join us as we conquer the world one city at a time. Find out more about Losing Scarlet at http://www.facebook.com/losingscarlet.
Losing Scarlet’s custom guitar picks were made on our white delrin guitar pick material, which has a nice contrast with the band’s red artwork that bleeds to the edge of the pick (using our full bleed design option). To create your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!
Brian Grilli is one of the most up-and-coming artists on the east coast. Born in Chicago, IL, he began his studies of guitar at age 8. Over the years, Brian has studied with some of the luminaries of the guitar world including Doug Seven, Ernie Inucci, Mark Dunn, among others.
Brian has had success in the USA in the band Rumble Fish with a top College Radio single “Want You Around” and International acclaim with The Glory Hounds with a Number One song “Pornstar” in Spain and Portugal.
He also has had Indie critical acclaim for The Glory Hounds album “Sex-A-Go-Go” and has been featured in publications such as Spin, Guitar World, Amplifier, Nine Volt, among others.
Brian and his latest endeavour The Trailerhood have been quickly becoming an East Coast favorite. Playing over 150 shows in their first year and opening for acts such as Danny Gokey and Sarah Darling. They are set to record their debut album in July 2012. Find out more about The Trailerhood at http://www.thetrailerhoodband.com/.
Brian is a proud endorser of Steve Clayton Picks and Accessories! Brian’s picks were made on our ultem material, which looks really nice with the black and red Trailerhood logo. If you would like to create your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!
Last week we had a Facebook contest to share your band’s story on our blog, the winner was Aaron from Story of a Ghost :-)! Story of a ghost began their musical journey from the release of their single “Akimbo”, based loosely on the May 22 2011 tornado. Akimbo, was recorded in their home town of Joplin, Mo by producer Jerrod Naff, at Zombielife Studios. It has been featured on radio stations in their home state, as well as on the 2011 compilation cd for magazine, “The Dead Timez”. They are currently in the studio working on their self-titled e.p “Story of a ghost” that is expected for release on ITUNES and AmazonMP3 in early 2012. A national tour for 2012 is definitely in the works. (Bio) links: www.reverbnation.com/
Having trouble with figuring out the perfect gift for your Valentine this year? Custom guitar picks make a great gift that is both functional and has that personal touch. To design your custom picks visit www.claytoncustom.com today. We offer guitar picks in the classic Valentines pink, purple, and red colors, or you can use one of our more basic pick types like white pearl. They can be customized with names, dates, and all those clever music/romantic graphics like the one shown on the guitar pick here. They are the perfect present solution for your special someone who also happens to be a rockstar! Hurry up…we make our picks really fast but time is starting to run out!