Products used: Clayton Custom Rounded Triangle Acetal .63mm
Jon: “I worked at a music store for years and after trying nearly every pick out there I found that the Rounded Acetal Triangle pick provided me with the flexibility, grip, and durability I need.”
Brandon: “In a pile of picks, I will always find the Clayton.”
Jon Napoles and Brandon Freeman are a couple of transplants who fortuitously met in Fresno, CA. After years of dwelling in the same circle of musicians, fate (and stubbornness) would bring the two together as the last remaining full time musicians of the group. One fateful August day the two gathered every piece of equipment between them and songs almost began writing themselves. Thus, Cloudship was born.
Since then the duo has played over a hundred shows, self-released two EPs and two music videos, sold over 500 units at shows and obtained an endorsement deal with Clayton. Their signature mix of modern rock, Americana and electronic has quickly made them a force to be reckoned with, especially among young indie bands.
Products Used: Clayton Custom Acetal 1.52 Gauge Guitar Picks
“The Best Guitar Picks Ever…i’ve tried and played with lots of different brands over the years but this picks are out of this world….”
Lost in the Forest of a Dream, Andy Sarcone Rooney (Lead Guitarist / Vocalist)
conjured up this hex on a windy night, under the light of a SPELLED MOON…
Conceived in a professional studio atmosphere since the beginning and styled on an eclectic mix of Power Metal and Neo Classical flavors with movie score backgrounds.
11 tales were written for this first album, and the magic began to happen.
The recording sessions soared to new heights of production value
At Tony Bongiovi’s POWER STATION studios with main manager, Rob Roy, and chief engineer, David Levy.
Soon after kicking hard Patrick Johansson (Yngwie Malmsteen) joined ranks to play the mighty drums bringing a marvelous style and performance.
Claudio Pesavento (studio keys for Dokken / Jeff Beck / foreigner) who brought some furious melodies within his piano playing.
Stinging with Venomous bass playing style Ralph Rieckermann (Scorpions) joined this crusade and took over the low end.
Moving in full throttle, The band went into gear.
Daniel Trajtemberg “DANKER” (Rata Blanca / Mario Ian / Malon) captured the essence of this musical assembly and became the visual director, illustrator and photographer.
following destiny from shore to shore Mr Rooney moved across the mountains to build a recording studio within “BLACK GATES” upon the city of fallen angels in Los Angeles California, where the band writes,records and produces the entirety of its material.
The EP “Forsaken Spells” conjures up a compilation of legends and every day situations
masked in fantasy tales from long forgotten times.
Some of them rooted on real life characters from centuries ago.
Countless moons passed by in the making of this taster
bearing a previously unreleased Scorpion’s song (written by Ralph Rieckermann and Grace Sharington).
Now called “Hidden in the Winds” (lyrics and arraignments by Andy Rooney).
The following power ballad, “Soul Mates,” chronicles a man’s struggle to cope with the loss of his eternal lover & triumphantly finishing with the clincher of the trio, a thunderous call to battle aptly named “A War of Shadows.”
A determined engineer Dave Jenkins (Uli John Roth, Joe Lynn Turner, Matt Sorum, etc.)
mixed this Extended Play at The Wine Cellar Studios in California,
Then Brad Vance from Red Mastering (Ritchie Blackmore’s Night, Cannibal Corpse, Fates Warning) For the final tweaks, at the dawn of 2012.
Soon after Mr Jimmy Wiggle (Zakk Wylde, Eddy Van Halen, Slash) was in charge with tweaking and modifying the amplifiers heads that will be used on the full lenght album.
by May of 2014 – as one of the many guest in SPELLED MOON,
Bass player Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, House of Lords, Impellitteri); records 2 songs with the band bringing great tasty licks to those tunes….
Nov of 2014 – Mr Joe Petro (Heaven and Earth / Randy Piper (W.A.S.P)) becomes the permanent bass player with whom recording sessions resume bringing to the band eccentric tones and licks with his many 8 Strings Basses. With a whole team and a strategy, SPELLED MOON keeps writing chapters for this story; SM plans for the full length album to be released really soon.
At the witching hour in times of sorcery we gather, under the light of a SPELLED MOON…
Andy Sarcone Rooney.
“Steve Clayton Picks last, look great and perform the way I need from aggressive to subtle, they deliver!”
Guitarist/Vocalist David Miller has played guitar for 41 years, 30 of those professionally. Raised on classic rock, hard rock, country and blues, David’s style is both aggressive and versatile. David currently plays guitar for the hard rock band Kleverkill as well as fronting his solo project called David Miller & Stones Throw, where he handles all guitars as well as lead vocals. Kleverkill released a 4 song E.P. and a video for the song “New Life” in January of 2016. The band plans a new release sometime during winter of 2016. David Miller & Stones Throw will record in the winter of 2016 as well. David has also recorded and performed with the bands Bad Influence & Voodoo Highway. He has also recorded with EDM Artist KEEZ, Steven Michael Hartwell and 4Dub.
Have you ever thought about taking your custom guitar picks to the next level by making them into earrings, necklaces, or key chains? We can help get you started with our new Picks with Holes option! Now, on our website at www.claytoncustom.com, you can order custom “Picks with Holes” guitar picks, so that you can have your custom design printed on the picks, and they already have a pre-drilled hole at the top so they can easily be made into novelty items!
Picks with Holes are made from the same material as our white Eco picks, and they can be printed with single or full color art designs, one or two sides, and with a full bleed option. Starting at just $69.00 for 100 quantity. Order today at www.claytoncustom.com!
We also offer Custom Drumsticks starting at only $44.00 (single color print) for 5 pairs! Just like our custom guitar picks you will be getting a high quality imprint on your sticks. These are a specialty item for us so they do take about 3-4 weeks to be made but the wait is definitely worth it! The artwork on our drumsticks are also sealed with a lacquer finish. Currently the drumsticks are offered in size 2b which is ideal for durability and heavy use. With drumsticks the imprinted design options are practically endless as any color seems to turn out amazing, however, we cannot imprint white ink. Anything that is in your design that is white will show through as the natural wood color of the stick. Drumsticks can be ordered at http://www.claytoncustom.com/drumsticks/ and if you have any questions/concerns before ordering we are always here to help! Just email our custom imprint specialists at email@example.com or give them a call at 877-752-9484!
Halloween is around the corner, and that means Halloween concerts, parties and events galore! If you think custom guitar picks would add to your celebrations, now is the time to order! We offer picks in several materials, colors, sizes, and shapes (including orange picks with black print, for the traditional Halloween look). They can be imprinted with band names, logos, dates, slogans, or Halloween-themed art like the ones shown in the image below. Maybe you have a Halloween wedding that you are planning? Give custom guitar picks as favors! The possibilities are endless. To place your custom guitar pick order, visit our site at www.claytoncustom.com!
Great news!! We are now offering custom guitar picks with holes drilled in the top! These picks are great to order if you are looking for custom guitar picks that you want to turn into necklaces, earrings, key chains, etc.
The picks are made out of the same plastic material as our Eco picks, so they are certified compostable and environment-friendly. They support full color print, and two sided print, so the design possibilities are endless. They start at just $69.00 for 100 quantity, and most orders for this type of pick will ship out within 3 business days. Gauge is .80mm, Medium. Hole is at the top center of the pick.
To order this new custom guitar pick item – Pick with Hole – visit www.claytoncustom.com today!
Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday celebrated mainly in the Mexican culture, but other cultures as well, to honor the lives of friends and family members who have passed away. This holiday spans from October 31st, when many people also celebrate Halloween, through November 2nd. Even though it is nowhere near that time of year right now, I wanted to feature these awesome Dia De Los Muertos custom guitar picks that were created and ordered by a Clayton Customer. I just love the variety of color, the eye-catching design, and how the white pearl picks give the design an almost 3-D effect. Flower-patterned, colorful skulls like this are very common in art and make-up used to commemorate the Day of the Dead. We also see art like this often on custom wedding guitar picks for weddings that have themes inspired by Mexican culture.
To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!
Over the years, Clayton, USA has added more and more pick options to our custom guitar pick line. I have realized that, currently, we offer five different white guitar pick options for custom printing, and some of you may be wondering which white pick material will be best for you?
Here is a quick guide to help you out!
1. White Delrin Picks: These are basic, bright white picks, similar to tortex material. They have a semi-gloss finish. They work best with dark, bright, and bold colors for custom designs. Black print is the best for this material.
2. Acetal Picks: Some customers choose acetal for custom picks because they have already tried our regular Clayton acetal picks and love them! Acetal picks are professional grade; known for having an excellent grip to them. They work well with a variety of colors for designs, as long as the shades are not too light. They are semi-transparent, so you want to keep this in mind for two-sided designs. They also can support full bleed backgrounds (except black) and photos.
3. Eco Picks: Eco picks are playable guitar picks, though they are not as durable as some of our other materials because they are a biodegradable plastic. However, if you are getting picks purely for promotional use, or give-aways, they are awesome because they can support absolutely ANY artwork. We have done photos, light color shades, high detail designs, and full coverage backgrounds, and they always turn out beautifully on Eco material!
4. White Pearl Picks: Our white pearl material is distinctive because it is marbleized, and has a glossy finish. These picks also work great with a wide variety of colors and can support light color shades (even light grey). You will just want to be aware that the marbleized quality will show through in the design that is printed on them (unless it is black print).
5. Carbonate Picks: Carbonate material is plain white, like white delrin, but with a gloss finish like white pearl. Carbonate, like white delrin, works best with bright and bold colors for the designs. We offer carbonate picks as our less-than-100 pick option… You can get custom carbonate picks in sets of 30 or 60, while our other white pick options have a minimum order quantity of 100.
To order your custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!
I chose these custom picks to feature on our blog because the design immediately caught my eye. With popularity rising for mythical movies, tv shows, art, etc., custom picks that have a “Two Dragons” logo on them fit right in with today’s artistic styling. I also like how the background art, which shows a ship on the sea, works so well on the white pearl material. The different shades in the pearl definitely have the oceanic feel, as if the waves are actually moving when they catch the light. Basically just wonderful artwork, with the perfect pick material chosen to showcase it. To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!
I just had to do a post on these awesome foxy picks! Foxes happen to be one of my favorite animals, so I fell in love with this design. Our customer submitted a beautiful full color fox photo to have printed on our white pearl picks. Sometimes photos are not the best for white pearl material because of the marbleized quality, but in this case it was the perfect choice. The marbleized material adds a very artistic element to the image; almost as if it is a watercolor painting. It also creates a reflective light quality that makes the colors especially vibrant. This customer also chose the full bleed print option, so that the art runs all the way to the very edge of the pick. To order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!
One of our Clayton Customers is ready to wail on the guitar with these custom whale guitar picks! Okay, I admit that I chose these to post on our blog because I thought they were cute, but the design also happened to turn out really well! While we are able to do pretty detailed custom designs, it is often the more simplistic art, with bold colors and large text, that really turn out the best. These picks were made on our white delrin pick material, which makes the bright blue color really pop! To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com
This week, we wanted to showcase these awesome acetal custom picks with a design created by one of our new endorsed artists! This is a two-sided design that has an incredible amount of detail, but it came out really well on our acetal pick material. As you can see, the art has a black background, and there is a border around it that gives it a clean look on the white color of the picks. There is also a lot of color on top of the black background that makes the art interesting; these picks are definitely eye-catchers!
Here are some cool new custom guitar picks ordered by one of our customers! :
These picks were made on our classic Ultem material. Ultem picks are known for best resembling the sound quality of a true tortoiseshell pick without being actually made from tortoiseshell. They are light tan/gold in color, and they work great with brown and black designs like the one shown. The shape of these picks is rounded triangle, which is a popular choice amongst bassists. To order your own ultem picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!
Every once in a while we like to showcase some custom wedding guitar picks that are ordered by our customers. Wedding picks are becoming more and more popular as a wedding item, so we get to see a lot of different types of designs! Custom guitar picks are great as a wedding item because they are small and make the perfect keepsake (especially if you have a lot of musicians at your wedding!) They can represent a couple’s love for music and they can be customized in a variety of ways, including dates, colors, photos, graphics, quotes, etc. The picks shown here were made on our acetal material, with a beautiful flower graphic, and simply the date as a perfect reminder for the guests of the special day spent with the couple. Check out our wedding pick site at http://www.customweddingpicks.com/!
Getting a custom printed design on your guitar picks is just about the same as tattooing them, and this design especially reminded me of an awesome tattoo! The colors are so vibrant, and they are perfect against the background of our white delrin guitar picks. Our white delrin material is a flat, very bright white so it always makes bright colors in designs really stand out! This customer also utilized our full bleed design option so that the art on the picks goes all the way to the very edge, instead of having a border around it. To order your own custom ink “tattoo” picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!
Hey Clayton Fans! Check out these awesome picks!
These really stood out to me because I have, as most people have, seen the Pink Floyd logo many many times, but I have never seen it so amp-ed up! I love how this customer took the classic logo and gave it a really modern detailed look for the cover band logo. The colors are amazing, and this graphic turned out super well on our acetal guitar pick material! So here’s my challenge to all you cover bands out there; take the logo of the band you are covering, and give it the Floyd Factor make-over! To start creating, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!
Hey Clayton Customers! The team here at Clayton USA wants to wish you a Safe and Rockin’ Fourth of July! We hope you enjoy all the awesome mid-summer concerts and parties that are happening! How perfect that one of our fantastic customers recently created and ordered the picks shown below, which look like they have fireworks on them! I believe it is actually an astrological photo that was used for the design background, but they reminded me enough of fireworks to think of them as Independence Day picks! If this year’s celebrations inspire you to create some explosive designs for custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com to start making your custom pick art today! _
Check out these awesome faux-wood custom guitar picks! One of our fabulous Clayton customers placed an order for custom picks with a design that had a wood background and the silhouette of a gecko on it. We determined that the design turned out the best when printed on our Eco pick material. The crazy thing is that when they have the wood print on them they actually feel like wooden picks! The consistency of the Eco material is like that of a light wood material. We thought it was so cool that they turned out that way! Also, the overbleed option was used so that you can hardly tell that the pick is white underneath the print. To order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com. Eco picks are new to our custom pick line; give them a try!
I personally love elephants so I had to show off this cool custom guitar pick design! These picks were made for musical artist Florent Mothe.
We loved these custom guitar picks made for the band Blacklist Union. Black and red is always a classic design color scheme, and it looks fantastic on our white delrin guitar pick material. Their design has a fair amount of detail on it, but it turned out really clear and easy to see, even on the small guitar picks.
Blacklist Union is a Los Angeles based band touring on their 3rd cd called “until death do us part”. They have been in the game for 8 years and will be touring most of 2013 in the Midwest and East Coast. Their singer Tony West sang and toured with LA Guns, which lead him to form his own band when LA Guns decided to take a break. They play from the heart rock and roll influenced by Mother Love Bone to Guns & Roses! Their live show is full of energy and they have been receiving rave reviews! Check out www.blacklistunion.com for a full bio and to download music. The custom picks were ordered by bassist Erik Hatchett, and he testifies that he “will only use Clayton picks because their tone and durability surpass the rest!” Thanks Erik!!
To order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com!
Check out these awesome custom picks made for the band Darby O’Gill and the Little People. The band has been performing Traditional Irish, Celtic punk and other various genres in the Las Vegas Pub scene for close to 11 years. Their goal is to make their audience’s drinking experience the best time they can barely remember 🙂 To find out more about them, you can visit their website at www.darbyogillband.com, and they are also on facebook, twitter and myspace.
This pick design first caught my eye because of the name…same as the Disney film from 1959 starring Sean Connery. I think it is a clever name for a band that plays Irish and Celtic punk music! I also really liked the colorful and traditional look of the design itself, which was printed on our acetal material guitar picks.
To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!
Check out these cool picks! We loved the blue Flotsam design that was submitted for custom guitar picks by the band Treading Lemmings. This art was printed on our acetal guitar picks, which work great for graphics that include color backgrounds that cover most of the guitar pick, such as the blue background in this design. We also liked how the fine detail in the creative logo turned out so well, even on small guitar picks!
In March 2013, The Treading Lemmings released “Flotsam”. The EP serves up five delicious new tunes. Much more akin to a fine dining experience than a to trip to the local diner;”Flotsam” provides depth, complexity, sweetness at times, and occasional bitterness for balance. With the typical lyrical finesse of Christopher Quinn, this project was also spiced up by some special guests: Nashville fiddle ace, Kurt Baumer, played on a homage to Keith Moon in “Goodnight Moon,” and inter-continental arrangement help was provided by the Dentists’ (seminal 90s Brit-pop) Bob Collins on “Doing Time On Placid Drive.”
To learn more about The Treading Lemmings, visit the following sites:
The custom guitar picks were created and ordered by Clayton customer Andy Hunt (aka Ricky), who plays rhythm (Rickenbacker) guitar for The Treading Lemmings. With the release of the new vinyl EP “Flotsam”, he wanted a new promotional pick to toss from stage. He worked with artist Carl Yonder www.carlyonder.com to take his artwork from “Flotsam” and turn it into a guitar pick design using the Clayton custom design tool.
To order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!
SOLARSET is an all original quartet driven by mixed influences to make way for a completely new style of “rock”. The band was formed in Watertown, Connecticut, in the fall of 2011 with Alan Johnson on lead guitar, Justin Spry on vocals and rhythm guitar, Dan Krhla on bass, and Jason Hoyt on drums. From their poetic lyrics and melodic tones to their hypnotizing solos and percussive ingenuity, SOLARSET is a juggernaut of creativity and originality with a fresh new sound that is beyond classification. They are currently working on their debut album expected for release in summer of 2013. SOLARSET has live music, photos, and videos posted at www.facebook.com/solarset.
The SOLARSET picks were made using our white acetal guitar pick material, which is semi-transparent and works great with photo designs, such as the the awesome solar eclipse photo shown here. To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com!
GodSpeed3 (GS3) is a dynamic band whose variety of songs convey a positive message with an exciting stage presence and a modern rock edge. Over the past five years, the band has played for over 100,000 people and shared the big stage with Casting Crowns, Mercy Me, DecembeRadio, Jeremy Camp, Leeland, RoyalTailor, Audio Adrenaline, 33 Miles, Addison Road, Jonny Diaz, Mike’s Chair, Building 429, Abandon, Todd Agnew, The Letter Black, KJ-52 and Big Daddy Weave. Signed to TMG Records, GodSpeed3 was honored to be included on the official Grammy Nomination list in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The band has played from South Mississippi to Ohio, Texas and across the Southeast garnering rave reviews along the way.
With 13 major sponsors already on board and a new partnership with Holt International, GodSpeed3 has hit the ground running, with no sign of slowing, and look forward to spreading the good news with their own style of fun and exciting stage performance. Expect big things from this band.
To learn more about GS3, visit their site at www.GodSpeed3.com!
The GS3 picks were made on our white delrin pick material, which was perfect to support the bright colors of the band logo. The design really stands out! To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!
St. Patrick’s Day is approaching, so now is the time to start creating your custom good luck picks to make the perfect party! Visit www.claytoncustom.com to begin the design process. We offer green delrin picks to suit your Patty’s Day needs, or we have white picks that can be printed with any color ink like the ones shown in the image below. Starting at just $24.99, and with free standard shipping available for US orders, they are a steal! Save your gold for pesky leprechauns 😉 Place your order as soon as you can so that we have time to get them to you for your party, concert, or event!
Featuring a whopping eleven-piece band, its four sizzling female singers put this group way over the top in the best of ways. The band features lead guitarist Joe “Ciid” Birardi, rhythm guitarist Bill Tuohy as well as bassist Wendy Williamson, and third guitarist Kevin Losardo. Add drummer Brian Picardi, percussionist Gerry Mac, and keyboardist Andy Ilyinsky and you have a full stage of rock and roll veterans that put on an unstoppable show.
Birardi’s “big” idea stemmed from watching the same old delivery in club after club where the music was governed by the stereotypical four-piece format. The EOS frontline is impressive indeed. Made up of Theresa Wilson, Dawn Szollar, Danielle Zelenak and Patti Ogletree, the four dynamic beauties spin rock and roll harmony between shifting lead vocal duties while the band holds it down behind them and it’s never a dull moment.
EOS has worked closely with several New Jersey charities including: Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, The NJ Elks Army of Hope, Operation Jersey Cares, and The Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Foundation. Thanks to you, they have been able to raise nearly $20K for these causes to date. All proceeds from their downloaded songs will be donated to our troops via Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon. EOS thanks you for your support! Find out more about EOS at www.eosrocks.com!
The EOS picks were made on our white pearl material, using the full bleed option that allows their design to fill the pick to the edge. We love the detail of their design, and the pearl is a great material to support the variety of warm color tones. Order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!
This week’s Pick of the Week was made for Darbi Shaun, an up-and-coming Texas Singer/Songwriter. “There are some voices that just cause people to stop and take notice. Darbi Shaun’s unique tone, texture, and emotion does just that. When you experience her music, you immediately know she is doing what she was created to do. At just 17, Darbi Shaun has been honored to open for names such as Mike Eli of the Eli Young Band, Roger Creager, and Walt Wilkins. She just released her second EP titled “Austin” and is currently performing acoustic sets of original music and covers. You can hear her music at www.darbishaun.com Thank you for your interest and support!”
Darbi’s picks were made on our acetal guitar pick material, which is perfect to support her classy black-and-white photo design. To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today! Just two days left to take advantage of our Valentine’s Day sale!!