Steve Clayton Blog

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!

Full Color Black Raven

Just wanted to give everyone an update on some of the amazing picks we are printing on our black raven material. We have been getting so many interesting designs, we can’t help but share these with everyone. All of the ones I selected today show all kinds of different shading, effects and detail. One of the hardest things to get to turn out on a pick are flesh tones. As you can see on the Krakshi pick we really got the realism of the hand. Plus all of the picks have incredible detail. If you are interested in purchasing some of our black raven picks you won’t regret it! They come in 3 gauges, .50mm, .80mm, and 1.00mm. Prices for these picks start at only $39 for 100 white imprint and $69 for 100 full color imprinting.

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DHL & Cricket

We apologize for not updating our blog sooner, we have been extremely busy around here this summer! We just got finished with two large dhljobs for DHL cricketand Cricket. Both were printed on our Promo material. The DHL design worked really well on the promo since this material seems to soak up any type of background! We printed two types of Camo backgrounds for an event they are doing for the National Guard. Cricket decided to change their order up a bit this time and just went with their standard logo. The green letter really makes this simpler deisgn pop! Look for upcoming blogs on this months favorite Custom picks, and some new black picks!

Picks that make you go “aww”

Yes, believe it or not we do get orders for picks that have completely adorable artwork on it. cute_kidsThe scan for this post is of picks that prompted us to make this post. They were printed on Ultem, in the small teardrop shape. Normally we just imprint brown, red and black because they seem to imprint best on the ultem. However, since this was a thinner gauge we were able to get the yellow, orange, pink and blue to turn out quite well. We really suggest the black, brown and red because we are certain these colors always turn out well. However, we are not opposed to trying new colors so feel free to submit an order with different colors if you like. We will always send a message if we feel that it will not turn out before sending it on to production, or if it didn’t after production. These picks really are adorable, there’s just no other way to put it! Everyone here who was shown them gave the same response “Aww!” even if they wouldn’t admit it :).

Clayton’s Super Fast 48 hour Turn-around

pickgroupingYou may have noticed we ship out our custom guitar picks really, really quick. We are the fastest by far in the business. Most of our competition takes anywhere from 2-8 weeks to ship a custom order out. So, why are we able to print our picks so fast? Well, we have been doing this for 30 years, and have managed to streamline everything down to a quick and efficient process. Also this is our full time job and we have lots of dedicated professionals working at it.! A lot of our competitor websites are individuals working out of their home/ garage, and most of them have a different full time job. So, since they have so much other stuff going on, they tend to have long lead times. So when you are looking for a place to buy your picks from, taking a look at their lead time will let you know how devoted to their company they are.

A lot of our competitors also have a long turn-around time so that they can charge your card and hold onto the funds for that whole time… which is less than ideal. So basically if they take 4 weeks to ship your picks, that is 4 weeks that you have paid for those picks. At Clayton, Inc. even though we don’t take long to ship most orders, we don’t even charge your card until the picks have shipped. So you never have to worry about that!

There are some exceptions to our 48 hour shipping window though. It does not include weekends or holiday. Also, if we have to contact you regarding your artwork, then the 48 hour window starts over again once we are able to place your order into production. We will not rush your order through to make the time window if it means hurting the quality of the final product.

Here are the most common problems that can slow your order down:

#1: Too small of text – This by far is #1! When you are designing your pick in our designer, there is a small replica of your design in actual size in the lower left area of the window. If you can’t read it there, then you don’t want to submit the artwork, because you won’t be able to read it on the pick. If we think your text or graphic is too small, we will contact you and put your order on hold status because we want to make sure your text or images are clear and visible on the pick.

#2: Wrong selection of pricing – If you accidentally upload a full color graphic, but select single color pricing and submit the artwork as single color, your order will often get placed on hold so that we can verify with you if you want a graphic artist to turn the image all to one color, or if you want to upgrade your pricing.

#3. Complex artwork – If you haven’t already noticed we deal with a lot of complex artwork. It takes work to make it look good. We may do a run of your picks and decide they don’t quite look right, so the graphic artists will revisit the image, and order a re-print of the job until it looks good. Artwork like this may take up to a week to ship out. Also some-times artwork that contain over-bleeds can take a little longer as well.

#4. Out of stock material- This is really rare, but on occasion, we will be out of stock on a certain gauge of material, which can cause a delay. We notify our customers of this delay and always offer that they can switch to a different gauge or material if they are in a rush.

#5. Specialty Picks – We have a few specialty picks that don’t fit in the 48 hour time frame. These include Black Raven (4-6 weeks), Just Text (10 working days) and Colored Pearl (3 weeks). So if you are in a rush, we don’t recommend ordering these materials.

Hope that helps educate you on how we are able to ship fast, and how you can help ensure your order ships out fast. If you want to read more reasons on why you should choose Clayton Custom as your company of choice, please visit Why Choose Clayton.

Guitar Pick News – Illegal Guitar Pick Case

Woman Pleads Guilty for Selling Illegal Sea Turtle Guitar Picks

Associated Press
May 8, 2009

“A 54-year-old Sonoma County woman has pleaded guilty to charges of illegally importing guitar picks made from endangered sea turtle shells.The U.S. atlantichawksbillseaturtle2attorney’s office says Qing Song pleaded guilty to one felony Wednesday. She was sentenced to 10 months of home confinement and a $2,000 fine. Song admitted to importing picks or raw shells of the hawksbill sea turtle from China and selling them in the United States. Some musicians covet the turtle shells instead of ordinary plastic picks because they believe they produce a superior tone. It is illegal to trade endangered wildlife without a valid permit for scientific research or other approved, noncommercial use.”

Hmmm…. I guess she has never heard of Clayton Ultems. 🙂

To read more about Ultem vs. Tortoishell, Click Here.

Earth Day – Garage Band Picks

garage_bandSince it is Earth day we thought it would be fitting to talk a little bit about our Garage Band guitar picks that we released in January of ’09. Each package contains over 100 mixed guitar picks. This mixed assortment are our picks that didn’t get put back into their correct re-claim bin, or fell onto the floor, where misprinted, etc. These all get collected, all images removed and re-packaged into nice clear boxes. Not only are the picks in the box reclaimed, but the box itself is a reclaimed item that is finding its 2nd use to hold this guitars picks. Hopefully the box will even find a 3rd use as a continuous home for your wayward picks.

If you have a band this is a great pick assortment to have around. Pretty much everyone will find a pick they will love in here. Plus they aren’t the cheap filler picks like you may see other companies sell. These picks are all Acetal, Delrin, Ultem, and Premium Celluloid! At the retail price of $16.98, you really just can’t go wrong with these.

You can purchase our garage band picks at the link below:

Garage Band Picks

Blast from the Past

We had a very fun e-mail come to us in our questions@steveclayton.com box on Friday. The e-mail was telling us about a photo of Steve Clayton located on a scan0026claytonTed Greene Site. The picture has Steve Clayton back in the mid 70’s. Usually when people send us pictures of Steve they are more current, so it was fun to see him from back in the day. You can click on the picture to see other photos from the party Steve was at. The album contains many other people from the early music scene (i.e. Mel Bay, Tommy Tedesco, Mel Taylor). There are also early pictures of the NAMM show. For anyone who doesn’t know who Ted Greene is, he is one of the most accomplished guitarists of his generation. Steve knew Ted back when Ted tedgreene-2was teaching, and Steve himself was a guitar student of Ted. Steve says that Ted was so advanced with his guitar playing, he could get his guitar to bark and even crow, along with some other really bizarre sounds you never thought a guitar could make. Ted is probably best known for his chord book Chord Chemisty. It is a thorough book for guitarists that explains in detail the applications and understandings of chords. It is really a book that a guitarist shouldn’t be without. It is especially helpful to those who are trying to self teach themselves.

Ted Greene (1946-2005)

Welcome to our New Blog!

Steve Clayton, Inc. is a guitar accessory company that has been in business since 1975, and is located in beautiful Southern Oregon. We pride ourselves on making quality products for guitarists. This blog is intended to educate guitarists on using and selecting appropriate accessories to enhance their playing.  In addition we will discuss company news, new endorsed artists, and custom guitar picks. Enjoy!

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