Custom Guitar Picks

Pick of the Week — Tryst

This week’s Pick of the Week was designed and ordered by Charlton Young for his band, Tryst. Tryst, is a “top 40” acoustic cover band.  They play a lot of the newer pop songs that are coming out and do a lot of mash ups with songs you would never think to mash up.  Their influences include Chevelle, Howie Day, Boyce Avenue, Cee-lo green, Jason Derulo, Oasis, Bruno Mars, Eminem, Pink, and Ke$ha. The band has been around for a few years, but Charlton joined just a couple months ago after their guitar player left without any notice and forced them to cancel a bunch of gigs.  Charlton says that this set-back upset a lot of bar and club owners, so it has been difficult for Tryst to get back into the scene, but slowly they are getting back out there.  Find out more about Tryst on their website at www.tryst-chicago.com

Tryst’s custom guitar picks were made on our white delrin guitar pick material, and the bright white really makes their vibrant red logo “pop!” To create and order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Pick of the Week — James Cademan

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for musician James Cademan. “James Cademan is no stranger on the local scene of Sarasota, Florida where he
currently writes, performs, records, and mixes his original music. Cademan’s
music style denotes a contemporary folk sound as it has an easy listening,
melancholy driven pulse. The lyrics are pondering, evocative and full of life
experiences, reflective of styles from bands such as 3 Doors Down and Creed.
In 2009, Cademan left a position as VP of a nationally known Food Service
Consulting firm to pursue writing and performing music full time.  Since then
he has released his debut album entitled “Unplugged and Away”, an EP
containing five acoustic versions of his most popular songs.  The album is
available on iTunes, Amazon, Napster, Emusic and many more online outlets.
Best Buy Music has also released the album in stores in September 2011.  To
listen and purchase autographed CD’s visit www.jamescademan.com/store.cfm

Cademan plays as a solo act and in live performances. He plays Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar and/or Keyboards.  He has chosen both the black celluloid picks and the .05mm red colored delrin (shown at right) picks with the iconic Cademan Wings logo on it.  The black celluloid picks are offered as give aways at shows and also have been turned into jewelry and accessories which can be purchased at shows and at the online store (www.jamescademan.com/store.cfm). Cademan selected the .05mm red colored delrin picks because of the sure grip, soft feel and mellow tone they provide when playing acoustically. To create and design your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com.

Cademan designed the iconic Cademan Wings logo to symbolize an experience he had years ago as a teen.  One night he was awakened with the distinct and uneasy feeling that someone was watching him.  There standing next to his bed was a dark shadow-like figure wearing a wide brimmed “gaucho” style hat and along black cape.  Although the room was pitch black, the outline of the figure was blacker than the dark.  Feeling that the shadow figure’s intentions were evil he found the courage to jump out of bed and run out of the room. Returning to the room a while later, the figure was gone. On the next night Cademan was once again awakened by a visitor. Only this time there was no dark entity.  Instead, there was a giant man with short blonde hair wearing a white toga and crimson sash standing at the foot of his bed. He was at least seven feet tall.  Interestingly though he did not have wings as you might think an angel would.  The angel never moved his mouth but James distinctly heard him say “I am Cademan.  I’ve been sent to protect you”. After these experiences, Cademan (aka,  Jim Richards), believed someone was watching over him and since then the name “Cademan” took on the meaning of “Protection, Guidence and Success”.   In 2008, James assumed the name “Cademan” as his stage name….because, to him, the name is associated with success.  Thus, the iconic sweeping angel wing design and “Cademan” emboldened in the logo design was created to represent strength and success. (Listen to the entire story of Cademan’s angel experience by visiting the February 2, 2012 blog entry at www.jamescademan.com/blog.cfm). Cademan is currently recording his sophomore album entitled “Next Life Now”, set for release in Winter 2012/Spring 2013.  He is also preparing to tour the Summer of 2012 with The Extreme Tour.  Visit www.jamescademan.com for tour dates and cities.”

Pick of the Week — Scarlet Machine

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!

Pick of the Week — Ghost Train Trio

This Week’s Pick of the Week was made for the band Ghost Train Trio. The custom picks were designed and ordered by Clayton Customer Pat Mackinnon, who is the Ghost Train Trio vocalist, guitar-slinger and songwriter. “His original vision was to combine rock, surf and country with a Rat Pack chaser. When double bassist Joel Putzier and drummer Dan Cunneen saddled-up to the bar, the Mackinnon vision was fulfilled. In just a few short months Ghost Train Trio has skillfully taken the bite and swagger of hard-rock and blended it with Sun-era Elvis, Dick Dale’s twang and Tony Joe White’s soulful “Polk Salad” swamp. To round out their sound, they tossed in a dash of Willie Dixon’s electrified blues and a touch of Waylon and Willie’s outlaw drawl. Put it all together and you get Ghost Train Trio. (The band happily defies easy classification, so until somebody comes up with something better, the tongue-tied “hard-rocking, bluesy and soulful outlaw countrypolitan surf” will just have to do.)
With titles like “Lonesome Road” and “Brother to the Wind”, Mackinnon’s songs reflect isolation and a restless movement that no doubt springs from his formative years in the 49th state. Like all good songwriters, a common thread runs though Mackinnon’s material, but the songs aren’t just re-writes of the last one. Each distinct tune stands on its own and stands up to the last. Mackinnon’s voice echoes a rough-hewn crooner – meandering the wide gulf between Bob Dylan and Dean Martin – with a touch of the trademark Rotten snarl for good measure. Lyrically, he touches on themes of running, from your past – and your demons, and then making another dash for the next boundary. Ghost Train Trio has found the right mix musically, with their personalities and their style. Even when playing a jazzy song like “Just a Shame” or a dark ballad like “Evelyn”, Ghost Train Trio’s rock roots are clear – but not obvious. Put simply, even when they don’t rock, they do.”   -Gary Karconclion, The Puget Sound Perspective

To find out more about the Ghost Trio Band, visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ghosttraintrio

Pat was kind enough to write about his experience with Clayton Picks:

“I’ve been using Clayton picks exclusively for many years. I used to get really frustrated with standard plastic picks because they would easily break and get grooves along the sides from running my pick up and down the strings. Also the gloss finish always felt a little slippery in my fingers. When I discovered Clayton Acetal picks I fell in love with them and have never turned back. They don’t break, they hold up to all kinds of abuse and they grip your fingers and stay put. They will wear down after a while but whenever I notice that one of my picks is worn down around the end I know that I have put a lot of time in on my guitar with that particular pick and that’s a good feeling. I used to play with 1 mm which are great for fast picking and heavy attack. But with Ghost Train Trio I switch from electric to acoustic quite a bit and I like using a thinner pick on an acoustic so now I’m using the .8 mm because it has some flexibility which I like for acoustic srumming and is still firm enough to support fast picking and give me some crunch when I need it. So when I realized that I could make my own custom printed Clayton Picks I was thrilled and wasted no time in placing my order. Now I’ve got my favorite picks with my own cool design on it. It’s a great thing!”

The Ghost Train Trio picks were made on our Acetal guitar pick material, and we really liked the look of their full bleed yellow and black design. To create and order your own custom picks, be sure to visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Pick of the Week — Freaky Urban Troopers

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!

Pick of the Week — Tudor Adrian Negru/Ronin/Anomaly

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!

Only One Day Left!!!

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/!!

Don’t Miss Out On Our Spring Sale!!

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/!!

Pick of the Week — Whiskey Twin

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.

Pick of the Week — Jeff Strahan

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

“Hell, I’m just going to say it: he out Buddy-Guys Stevie Ray.. ., then [he’ll] play guitar and piano simultaneously. He’ll whang a quick rhythm chord and then, with just his right hand, break out a 55-gallon drum of Jerry Lee whupass on the keyboard.”
– Bill Aspinwall, Texas Music Journal (Jul 28, 2009)
To find out more about Jeff Strahan, visit his website at jeffstrahan.com
Jeff’s custom picks were made on our white delrin guitar pick material, which make the bright colors in his design really pop. To design and order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Pick of the Week — The Michael Matthews Band

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).

Pick of the Week — The Cat’s Pajamas

This week’s Pick of the Week is for The Cat’s Pajamas Vocal Band. It is an explosive 5 man a cappella group who creates all the sounds of a band using only their voices.  The group was formed in 2005 by Brian Skinner and Nate Mendl who both share a passion and drive for performing and music production.  The two had previously worked together in college groups at The University of Wisconsin such as the Wisconsin Singers and a cappella groups the MadHatters and Redefined.  The first time The Cat’s PJs ever performed together was for the 2005 Oreo Cookie Jingle competition.  They then recorded a demo and searched everywhere for gigs until their first big break when they were offered a 6 month stint on Celebrity Cruise Lines as the in house a cappella group.  After their first contract, The Cat’s Pajamas moved on to be hired as guest entertainers by Norwegian Cruise Lines.  The Cats performed 40 weeks a year onboard NCL from 2007-2009, and quickly became their highest rated act.  The Cats also found themselves on America’s Got Talent and The Next Great American Band.  Since their inception, The Cat’s Pajamas have always been involved in education and giving back to the school systems that made them successful.  This was the inspiration for  their “Music in Schools” fundraising tour.  Nate and Brad are both certified choral teachers and all five members work with kids by teaching breathing/singing techniques, confidence, performance tips, and overall trying to keep them excited and involved with singing.  Each year they perform at approximately 25 schools and have raised over $50,000 to date for struggling arts programs all over the country.  After 3 years of perpetual cruising and touring on land, in the fall of 2009, The Cat’s Pajamas decided to move down to Branson, Missouri. Often named the “Live Music Show Capitol of the World”, Branson is a vacation destination to over 8 million visitors each year.  Since the move they’ve been performing over 200 shows a year! In the fall of 2011 The Cat’s Pajamas reached millions of new viewers when they performed on NBC’s hit show The Sing Off.  Now back in Branson for their third season, The Cat’s Pajamas will be performing an all new high energy show from March through December of 2012 at the world-class Andy Williams Moon River Theatre.
Schedule and more information are available on their website at www.vocalmeow.com and their music is available on itunes.
The Cat’s Pajamas’ custom picks picks were made on Clayton’s pink delrin guitar pick material. Create and order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — The Bobcats

This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band The Bobcats; a rockabilly band from Long Island, NY formed in 2009. Their name came from the fact that four of the original five members were named Bob (their original drummer, Mike, suggested the name). They play covers from the early Sun Records days to the present, including some original songs. They strive for an authentic sound with a little bit of an edge, with the powerful vocals of Rob Walker, two guitars of Bobby Koleba and Bob Muller, driving drums of Scott Wallace and the stand-up bass of Dennis Caserta. Their logo was designed by lead guitarist Bobby Koleba and was created for them by a local artist named June H. Blair. The guitars featured on the logo are the main guitars used by Bob Muller, who ordered the custom picks, and Bobby Koleba (a Gretsch Hot Rod and a Gretsch Double Anniversary).  
Here at Clayton, we liked the detail of the band’s logo and how the bright colors stood out really well on our white delrin pick material.
 To find out more about The Bobcats, search for them on Facebook or visit their Reverbnation site: http://www.reverbnation.com/rockabillybobcats
To create and order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com

Pick of the Week — Chasing Mona

For the Pick of the Week this week, we chose a design created for the band Chasing Mona. “Chasing Mona is a local Kitsap County cover band specializing in classic rock covers, rockabilly favorites, and ‘paying homage to the hat’ country. Branded by their signature black and white Chuck Taylors, a profound commitment and respect for our military, and their buxom flirtatious mascot Mona that can be seen on the cover of the bass drum lit up by a spotlight, Chasing Mona is all about bringing the fun, the funk, and the history of music to the stage with every performance. One of the single greatest accomplishments of this band is their ability to pack a venue and get invited back again and again. Without a doubt, Chasing Mona is one of the busiest cover bands in Kitsap County. They are currently breaking into the casino scene and getting rave reviews from all around.” Find out more about the band at http://www.chasingmonaband.com/ and http://www.reverbnation.com/chasingmonaband. Chasing Mona’s picks were made on our white delrin material, which was the best to support their full color graphic and really make the red and black colors pop against the bright white background. To create and order your own custom guitar picks today, visit www.claytoncustom.com!
 

Pick of the Week — Sister Mary Tarantula

 

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/sistermarytarantula They have a face book as well: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sister-Mary-Tarantula/190410009750 and here is a video of the band using Clayton picks!!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0W6yhgg82E The band’s picks were created on our acetal material, which was the best to support their full color design with an overbleed that gives the pick the appearance of being dark red. To create and design your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Pick of the Week — The Mojo Tones

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for the blues band, The Mojo Tones. “The Mojo Tones started out as four friends just getting together, playing Blues and Blues-Rock songs for the fun of it.  Mike (drums) initiated things by asking Billy (guitar) if he’d be interested in doing a Blues project, just for fun, just because. Billy says, “One thing led to another, word got out, and suddenly, we were playing gigs by word of mouth.” Mike knew a singer/harmonica player in Joe (Vocals & Harp) that loved the Blues, and they had a friend that played bass. That bass player was Will, and with his musical background, things meshed together quite well. After a few years, Will had to tend to family matters, and through Will, Gerald was welcomed in on bass. Gerald has years of playing under his belt, and is a perfect fit.
Billy says, “I think the last thing the Musical World needs is yet-another Blues band playing endless shuffles, or their versions of Stevie Ray Vaughan songs. We mix genres, a 1940’s Blues classic with a modern blues-rock re-write…Country Blues, ala Robert Johnson, but with electrified Dobro through an amp, or playing Hendrix with harmonica, Dylan with a Dobro, a John Lee Hooker-influenced slide-guitar twist of Rolling Stones classic…even Motorhead, just because it was fun. No rules, no taking ourselves too seriously.” Mike went from a regular drum kit, resized to just a kick and snare with a couple of cymbals, trading in his sticks for a pair of brushes…minimalist to the bone. Just picture Motorhead with brushes…With Mike, less is more, and his ability to groove with the song shows it. “Some of the places we play require a lot less volume than regular clubs, so I started using a 5 watt guitar amp, even a 1watt amp, because the club requires a limit on volume level. My guitar-playing friends think I’m crazy…” Even Joe’s harp amp went down to 5 watts or 1 watt, depending on the gig. Joe uses different effects with his harp: distortion, Leslie, phasing, flanging, echo…anything to sound different.
The Blues is a great teacher, and it will teach you that what feels right, isright.  The Mojo Tones mix genres, within songs, playing Country Blues with Blues Rock, Jump Blues with Jazz, without any of the high-brow sensibilities. It still comes down to four friends playing music, for the love of music…” To find out more about The Mojo Tones, visit their facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mojo-Tones/149174077686. The Mojo Tones’ picks were made on our white delrin material, which was perfect to enhance their red logo and give that classic “Coca Cola” look. To design your own custom guitar picks visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

New Variety Pack

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

Pick of the Week — Losing Scarlet

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!

Last Day for 14% Off!

Attention Clayton customers! Today is the last day of our Valentine’s Day sale on custom guitar picks! Place an order with us today to receive 14% off of your entire order! Custom picks start as low as $24.99. To start designing your custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com. You can choose your pick material, the shape, the gauge and various print options. You can then create your design using our web-based design interface. You can add text, images from our library, or upload your own images to the guitar pick template. Once your design is complete, you can order your custom picks directly from our site as well! When prompted for a promo code, use LOVE14 to receive your Valentine’s Day discount!

Pick of the Week — The Bebe Buell Band (Enzo Penizzotto)

This week’s Pick of the Week was created and ordered by customer Enzo Penizzotto. He is currently the bass player in The Bebe Buell Band (Bebe is Liv Tyler’s mother). The band consists of Bebe on vocals, Jim Walls (Das Damen) & Pete Marshall on guitar (Iggy Pop, Samhain), Zac Lasher (U-Melt) on keys, Louisa Mysteria Bradshaw (Angels are jealous of her singing voice) on backgrounds and New Jersey’s own Sarah Tomek on drums. They have a new album called “Hard Love” – the pick stems from the album artwork. Enzo played with Bebe back in 1998-2000 before joining up with joan jett in 2000. He reunited with her last year in July. Other artists that Enzo has worked with include joan jett (2000-2010), the Batusis (with Cheetah Chrome from the Dead Boys and Sylvain Sylvain from the New York Dolls), played on the newest Beggars & Thieves “We are the Broken Hearted” album recently released on Frontiers label, also Eddie Sperry’s Screed the Psychological Profile album.  In his downtime while at home, Enzo also subs on a Broadway musical show called Memphis. And he teaches from time to time at The School of Rock in Manhattan.  He was a founding member of his own band Speed McQueen, which he started at 19 with Mark Lewis (produced Fly Leaf) on guitar/vocals and Joey Crifo on drums. Speed McQueen was picked up by Mercury records and had records produced by Tim Patalan (Sponge) and Ed Stasium (Ramones, Rolling Stones, etc) and toured extensively. Enzo was born in New York City and still lives there. He has been playing the bass since he was 14 years old. Professionally since he was 19 years old. Enzo says that he has been using Clayton picks forever, specifically the Acetal Rounded Triangle in a 1mm gauge. Find out more about Enzo and his career  at www.enzopenizzotto.com. We thought that the Hard Love picks were a perfect feature design for the day after Valentine’s Day! To create and order your own custom picks for your next event or gig, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Pick of the Week — The Trailerhood (Brian Grilli)

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!

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!

Rock the Romance

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!

Pick of the Week — LA Stryker

This week’s Pick of the Week is for LA Stryker,  a Dutch rock-band founded in 2008. Their songs are honest and real, deep down from the soul! When you listen to their heavy stuff, the rhythm section really holds the pocket. Together with the sharp vocal-lines and killerhooks on guitar, it certainly turns the time around! The band has also a few more poppy-songs in their repertoire. The latest studio-recordings are from last December so these tunes will be available online soon before spring 2012! LA Stryker has been rocking the stages all over Holland for 3 years now and in 2012 they are planning to cross the channel for a short UK-tour. To find out more about the band, visit http://www.lastryker.com/. LA Stryker’s picks were made on our acetal material, which worked really well with their full bleed design. To design and order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Amourous Art

Hey Clayton customers! Check out these cool designs that are being submitted by some of our other customers! Both of these picks were designed for weddings, and we love how creative they are! Both are two-sided designs. The top pick design was made on our white pearl material, with full bleed art that almost covers the entirety of the pick, so it gives the appearance of being golden on one side and pink on the other. Of course, both sets of picks display the couple’s name and the wedding date. The second pick design is on our white delrin material, which really makes the red color of the tree pop. Both pick sets will be great as wedding favors that can tie into the wedding theme and impress guests with originality. Are you planning a 2012 wedding? Start designing your custom wedding guitar picks today at www.claytoncustom.com. Looking for inspiration? Check out our website designated specifically for wedding picks that shows what customers have created before to help you come up with some ideas: www.customweddingpicks.com.

UNIVERSITY of ROCK

Hey Clayton Fans!! Check out these awesome picks we just made for a hip music school known as the UNIVERSITY of ROCK! UNIVERSITY of ROCK was started in 2009, all from an idea and passion to give back to aspiring musicians. Founded in JK’s (Founder/CEO) studio apartment in Hollywood, CA, the UNIVERSITY of ROCK (URock for short) has grown largely due to word of mouth and has grown without the help of any outside investors/capital.
“Our school is highly branded and our image is young, hip, and empowering. Students are really digging our method/philosophy in teaching and have been telling their friends about us. It’s great because we get to introduce them to one of the coolest things on earth- rock n roll and we get to see firsthand on how music impacts their life for the better. I’m very fortunate to have the quality of Instructors and Students at our school,” says JK.
Currently, UNIVERSITY of ROCK has 6 branches in North America (Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, Denver, Phoenix, and Boston) and recently opened an international branch in South Korea as of November 2011.
We had the opportunity to ask JK a few questions:
Q: So how did you come across Clayton picks?
A: It’s funny I actually got a bag of Clayton custom picks as a gift from this girl I knew back in 2009. She got them for me on my birthday and I was immediately hooked on the quality (particularly the Acetal material) and how easy it was to customize anything you wanted on the pick. Since then, I started ordering custom picks from you guys.
Q: Can you describe the picks you recently ordered for your company URock?
A: Yea, it’s the Acetal material and it features our logo/mascot Rockboy on the front of the pick. It’s only shows a part of his face though so it looks all alienish haha.
Q: What’s in store for URock this year?
A: Quite a bit actually. We are filming a couple commercial videos soon and are coming out with a new website in the next month or so. Then we plan to expand to other cities in America and possibly partner with some big names in music by this summer hopefully. Also we are coming out with some cool products that feature our mascot Rockboy.
Q: I heard you just started a band KISS the HERO? Tell us about that.
A: It’s a pop/rock band I started a few months ago with some friends of mine. We are getting ready to hit the studio to record a 5 song EP here soon. From there, we’ll be playing shows, touring, and all that other stuff. I’m really excited, the sound of the band is very pop oriented with a flare of some 80’s rock influence. Look out for KISS the HERO picks soon!
For more information on UNIVERSITY of ROCK, check them out at:
www.universityofrock.com
www.facebook.com/universityofrock
To design your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com!

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!

 

 

Pick of the Week — Blackbox13

Blackbox 13 was formed September of 2011, members include Joe Nassar, vocals, Joe Wiehl, lead guitar, Todd Turgeon, drums, and Cory Kay, bass. All players currently  live in Las Vegas, Nv. In a short amount of time we have been able to accomplish a three song demo and a video for the fisrt song “Silent Wall.” Each member has brought to the table an amazing assortment of accomplishments . Cory Kay of Zombie Shaker Box, Joe Nassar of Light the Black Sky, Joe Wiehl, and Todd Turgeon, formally of 13 years, joined forces to create a raw crunchy straight ahead rock sound. With such a diverse array of musical influences each member is truly schooled in their craft. Cory was the member of Blackbox13 who decided to order some custom picks from Steve Clayton, Inc.
Cory’s accomplishments over the years have been playing in sold out shows around the Las Vegas, also setting attendances records in Utah. He has had the honor of winning several awards at the “LA Music Awards” for “Best Rock Album of the Year“, also winning “Best Metal Band” in Las Vegas, Nevada for “Las Vegas Rocks Magazine“ and winning a “Battle of the Bands”… all in 2010. Thru his musical journey he has also been able to be the opening act in large venues for such acts as Godsmack, Hellyeah, Slash and Joan Jett. Cory has some information to share about his custom guitar picks from Clayton, Inc: “I put a lot of thought into each pic design. Not only do I play with them, I also throw them out into the audience during my shows, something I’ve been doing for years. Clayton has given me the opportunity to promote all the bands I have played in over the years. I am looking forward to an amazing journey with Blackbox13, going into the studio in 2012 and hitting such states as California, Arizona, Utah and, of course, Nevada.” To find out more about Blackbox13, visit their sites:
http://www.youtube.com/BlackBox13Band
http://www.reverbnation.com/BlackBox13
http://www.BlackBox13Band.com

Cory ordered his guitar picks on our acetal pick material, in the rounded triangle shape. To created and order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Pick of the Week — SOURMASH

We are excited and pleased to start 2012 off with the first Pick of the Week, made for the band SOURMASH! SOURMASH is an accomplished group of musicians hailing from Pennsylvania assembled to pay tribute to the guitar-driven music of the south.  Labeled as ‘100 Proof Southern Rock’, this band performs like the whiskey from which its name is derived – smooth with a strong finishing kick.  The band’s high-energy performances have become legendary in its brief existence.  Formed in 2010, the band has been a consistent headliner for motorcycle rallies, festivals, and clubs.  In addition, the band has opened for national acts, such as Blackberry Smoke.
The powerful SOURMASH performances showcase the band’s many talents.  Strong and clear vocals; a grinding three-guitar attack; lush harmonies of both voice and guitar; and the thunderous panache of bass and drums combine to define the SOURMASH sound.   The musicians also display their abilities playing keyboards, harp, mandolin and fiddle to increase the aural excitement.  The highlight of the show, however, is the participation of the crowd.  Whether the audience is dancing, singing along, or shouting “Hell Yeah!” – it is that energy that keeps SOURMASH alive.
Take a shot!
SOURMASH is:
Craig Harnish – Vocals
Tim Henry – Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Nick Farine – Guitar
Chuck Carner – Bass, Harp, Vocals
Ken Harnish – Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals
Matt Knapp  – Drums, Fiddle
To find out more about SOURMASH, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sour-Mash/146397668710547 or https://www.sourmash-rock.com. We loved the design made for the SOURMASH pick, because it has a high amount of detail an intricacy, and it came out really well on our acetal material picks. To create and order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Pick of the Week — Danny Jones Band

This week’s pick of the week was created by Danny Jones for the Danny Jones Band (DJB). “Danny is a versatile guitarist from in Northern California. Danny started playing guitar at the age of 12 after seeing childhood friend Larry Lalonde of Primus play Ted Nugent’s Cat Scratch Fever and Van Halen’s Ain’t Talking About Love. Danny became obsessed with the guitar; he began taking lessons with George Cole. George was a huge influence on Danny in his younger years, getting Danny interested in playing jazz standards, classical and country guitar. In Danny’s late teens, he began to study with Joe Satriani. Joe had a major impact on Danny’s style and songwriting. In the 90’s, Danny won the Best of the Bay contest two years in a row and received airplay on FM 97.3. Danny has also appeared in Guitar World, Guitar for the Practicing Musician & Guitar Player Magazine. Danny recently has had songs used in the commercial field for Krank Amps radio trailers as well as instructional dvd’s for Cesar Gracie & Gracie Fighter. Danny’s Band has opened shows for Ronnie Montrose, The Eric Martin Band, Telsa Guitarist/Frank Hannon, Bass Legend Stu Hamm and Uli Jon Roth. In 2009 Danny was one of the 10 Finalists chosen by Guitar Player Magazine for their Superstar Competition. You can catch Danny gigging in the SF Bay Area with his instrumental trio DJB, in which you will find players like former Whitesnake bassist Uriah Duffy trading licks with Danny!!” To find out more about DJB, visit http://www.dannyjones.net/ or  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Danny-JonesMusicianGuitarist/237045499667619. Danny’s picks were made on our acetal material, which is the best for supporting designs with a variety of shading like the DJB logo. You can created and order your own custom guitar picks from Clayton at www.claytoncustom.com!