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Pictures of our NAMM booth

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

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

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

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Congrats James!

We just wanted to take a moment to congratulate James Otto on his winning the award for co-writing the Song of the Year, “In Color” at the CMA’s this week! If you want to check out James new music, or see where his current shows are check out his myspace!

Music to Heal!

“Music to Heal” provides free “silent” musical instruments, iPods, and music instruction to hospital inpatients to enhance and scan2accelerate their recovery.  We are thrilled about our partnership with Clayton and their provision of complimentary picks to accompany our silent guitars.  Please check us out at www.musictoheal.org!” We are excited to be working with such an amazing organization and are happy they approached us for their need of guitar picks. We printed their gorgeous logo on White Delrin. We really love these two colors together on the white delrin, it really pops and the website looks really neat rounded to the tip of the pick. We also printed our eagle on the back of their picks are pleased they allowed us to share in Music to Heal!

Pick Necklaces

Yes, we do make pick necklaces :). We just got finished with a large order for Bach 2 Rock. We’ve been making necklaces for them necklacefor a couple of years now. We can do necklaces for smaller orders, but the best rate is on larger orders of 10,000 or more.  This was done on our black celluloid which is a glossy pick and looks amazing with a white imprint. This material can be ordered in any color for the necklaces, as well as a variety of colors like our Color Delrin.  We do have a 10,000 pick minimum for the black or color celluloid materials.We also can do key chains with the same type of chain in the picture. If are looking just to get holes drilled in your picks we can do this as well, even for orders of 100! You can contact us for a quote on the necklaces, and orders for necklaces need to be placed by phone as this option is not yet in the designer.

Foo Fighters

We just finished up an order for the Foo Fighters this week. We’ve been making picks for the Foo Fighters for several years now. foo_fighterThis time they went with a patriotic color scheme and got red, white and blue logos printed on the Acetal, Rounded Triangle, .63mm for an upcoming performance. They also ordered there usual pick with the blue FF logo on the Acetal, Standard, .5mm. They mostly order this one, and you may have seen it in the samples on our website. They have ordered Black Raven, several of the Delrin, and Acetal in the past. We always have a lot of fun here with their orders since they suprise us often with new artwork and new material choices, we never know what to expect :).

A Perfect Pair!

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

LBT picks!

We just completed a batch of picks for Little Big Town’s Philip and Jimi. lbtJimi uses the orange delrin, and Philip uses the acetal .80mm. The band has a great sound to it! I think I’ve said before that I’m more of a rock person, however, I’m getting more into country. They have really catchy lyrics, and the music makes you want to get up and dance! I am definently adding some of their songs to my ipod now :). They were just recently nominated for 2 CMT awards, (you can vote for them by clicking here). Also, if your lucky enough and in the area you can check them out at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on June 9th.

You can check them out at:

Their Official Site

Myspace

Giving back to our community

We just donated several custom picks to a local business called Dasil, they are a Community Drop-In Center for people with disabilities,dashil the homeless, and those struggling with poverty and is a non-profit organization. They recently approached us for a donation of custom picks to use as their business cards for the Project Homeless Connect 2009 event on June 5th. We agreed to give them several picks, which you can see in the scan. They actually requested that we put our logo on the picks which was kind of them :). The Project will be providing many services such as medical/dental screenings, hygiene products, meals, childcare, vision screening, employment counseling, mental health screening, financial conseling, clothing, domestic violence services, haircuts, sleeping bags/blankets as well as several more. We are proud to have our picks featured in this amazing event in our community and hope it helps people find their way to Dasil or other organizations like it.

Tito and Tarantula

titoI knew when I saw these picks that it was something familar! If you don’t know this band has songs on the soundtracks of Robert Rodriguez‘s films Desperado and From Dusk till Dawn. We just shipped out an order of several picks for them. They ordered Acetal, Rounded Triangle, 1.52mm. These colors turned out just amazing on the Acetal. It is actually very bright and stands out very well. You can check out their music on their official website by clicking here. I just got done checking it out myself…and I have to say that they are really good! I like the sound of the singers voice, it is very unique. The lyrics seem very interesting, may have to look those up :). We use to suggest white delrin for hot pink/magenta but now that we’ve seen this on the acetal it’s a toss up. It turned out just a bright as the white delrin would! These are a new staff favorite, someone even called them cute, haha.

Picks for Intel

intelWe just completed a new order of picks for Intel. We have done picks for them in the past on Acetal, White Delrin and Blue Delrin. This time they chose to go with the White Delrin which complements their blue logo very well! We often make picks for companies, and not just guitarists :). Custom Picks are a great way to promote your business! Instead of handing out the traditional business card, hand out a custom guitar pick instead. It’s very memorable and won’t just get thrown in a walet, trash or forgotten. Also, if your having an event for your company this would be a great hand out instead of pens, pencils or notepads. Yes, the pick is small but believe it or not we can fit a ton of text on these! We can often fit a logo with a phone and email on one side of the pick. If you are hosting a large event and are in need of more then 1,000 picks we can print in much larger quanties up to the 1,000,000’s :). Just call us for a quote, we also can accomadate most in hands dates.

Colored Pearl

coloredpearlLooking for a pick that is a specific color? We can help! We offer Color Pearl in almost every color imaginable. We have a color chart on our designer that allows you to choose from 256 colors. Here are examples of some color pearl we did this week. These picks take 4-6 weeks for production. Because these picks are already so colorful the imprint color is black ink only. It stands out on just about every color. We often get asked if we can do a black pearl pick. We do not have black pearl but we can do a very dark gray. The color pearl picks are made out of the same premium celluloid material as our White Pearl picks. It is available in Standard, and Rounded Triangle shape in 6 gauges. This pick truly is an all around custom pick!

Brotherhood of the Lake

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

Steve Clayton Inc.

Attn: Endorsement Relations

201 Rogue River Pkwy

Talent OR 97540

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21 2009!

custom_picks3You know it is right around the corner! If your Father is a guitarist then you know that a boring tie just won’t do! So, why not give him a gift that he will smile at every time he plays his guitar… Custom Picks! We have tons of affordable options that are sure to fit any budget. For just $24.99 plus $5.00 shipping you can put any saying you want onto a guitar pick for good old Dad. Perhaps “Dad you Rock” or “I love you Dad” are always classic options each year. For a little more money you can add graphics also, your options are practically endless.

If you think your Dad would have more fun designing the picks himself, then we suggest getting him one of our Custom Guitar Pick Gift Cards starting at only $30. You can order these from us online, and shipping is free!!! Each card comes nicely packaged with a scratch-off code on each one. All Dad has to do is go to our pick designer at www.claytoncustom.com and design his pick. Once it is looking just how he wants, he redeems the card with the number on back, and he pays nothing not even shipping! Either option is a great gift that Dad is sure to love this upcoming Father’s Day.

We print hundreds of thousands of Father’s Day picks each year. We will keep you updated with some of our favorites in future postings.

Shotgun Riot

Glasstone Records sent us press kit a few months back, we are in the process of endorsing several of their bands. shotgunYou should have seen the stack of contracts I had to sign, my hand was aching at the end of it! :).  When we get them all back I will take a picture with them all so you can see why, haha. We just got the first contracts back from Neil, Tom and Adam of Shotgun Riot. I think this is out first hardcore punk endorsee. They definently have a real gritty hardcore sound to them that any deep rock fan can appreciate. I normally don’t listen to the more hardcore stuff but you actually hear what these guys are saying so it is enjoyable and not so tough on the ears. Definently a band you would have to turn up to the max to get the full effect of. This band is located in London, UK. Check out their myspace to sample their music. Also, look out for more posts soon about Glasstone Records and new bands to be endorsed.