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Knock on Wood

Scatter3Check 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!

Judd Hoos

Judd Hoos is an American Rock Band based in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It has been almost a year since their single,’Breathe In’ was released and charted number 23 on the iTunes rock charts. The band has spent the past year working hard on their upcoming full length album, ‘Music In The Dark’ and has never been more prepared for success.

Operating as a self contained and constantly touring band, the guys found creative ways to write and record while on the road. Things like recording drums in grain elevators and constructing vocal booths out of hotel room mattresses. The album boasts an acoustic driven Americana Rock sound with an eclectic mix of influences. From Tyler’s gorgeous, rough-hewn vocals, to the intricate guitar work, and the heartfelt songwriting, the album is a representation of where the band has come in its recent years.

The band is preparing for a very busy summer tour across the country to promote their new album,’ Music in the Dark’ including 10 nights at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. You would be hard pressed to find a harder working band that tours as much and works as hard at their craft. Combining their professionalism and experience to put on the best show out there, Judd Hoos is quickly becoming one of the country’s most sought after live acts.

Pink Elephants on Parade

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.

Florent’s first album “ROCK IN CHAIR” is currently available on iTunes for download, or to Elephantspurchase as a CD in France.
Official Website is www.florentmothe.com
Official facebook page is : www.facebook.com/florentmotheofficiel
Official Youtube Channel : www.youtube.com/florentmotheofficial
Official Twitter account : @florentmotheoff
We love the whimsical design of the picks. Also, note how the picks look like they are yellow, but they are actually white pearl in base. The “full bleed” print option was utilized, meaning that the yellow background extends all the way to the edge of the pick, making it look like it is actually a yellow pick. This is a great option if you are wanting to print multiple colors, but still have the look of a colored pearl pick, because our true colored pearl material can only support black ink designs.
To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

The Second Wave

Spring 2012 the Swedish band La Fleur Fatale embarked on a journey to and through California. During two intense weeks they 2ndWaveplayed with legendary psych musicians and met people who was part of making the 60’s into what it later became both musically and spiritually. And in the meantime connecting the past with the present. What is the difference between then and now? Is the Anonymous movement now what 60’s anti war movement was back then?  May 3rd the documentary was released, for free, on YouTube. And May 3rd the band also released a new single, “How Long Is Too Long”, written by Duncan Faure of Bay City Rollers and Rabbitt who they met when filming. “They are really one of my favorite bands now along with Beatles plus a few others.” Duncan says.

During Easter they also recorded yet another single together with Ebbot Lundberg (The Soundtrack Of Our Lives) that will be released after the summer.

The documentary can be found right HERE (link to YouYube).

http://www.lafleurfatale.com

Ssss Snake Picksssss

Check out these custom picks made for the band Nest of Snakes!

NestThe design is a simple black artwork, and it was made on our yellow delrin pick material. Even thought the colors are basic, we liked the intricacy of the design and how it fits really well into the pick shape…they just look cool!

To design and order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

“Nest of Snakes is a trophy case of local talent. It consists of Jason Boten formerly of Superchief, who plays guitar and sings, Larry Enos who also plays with Sons of Walter on bass, Tom Brighton who splits his time with September on guitar and vox, and drummer Derek Deutramont who was formerly with the Albino Spiders.

Their sound is heavy but not all-encompassing. It’s composed of a variety of different influences from all over the rock and roll map. The two tracks I heard brought to mind such classic acts as Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, but I also heard glimpses of early Soundgarden and Motorhead. Despite having a heavy foundation, the music is also rich with melodies, a trait that sometimes gets lost in the Des Moines metal scene.”

To find out more, visit

https://www.facebook.com/NestOfSnakes

Carl Verheyen

We recently just endorsed Carl Verheyen. If you are not familiar with Carl, we wanted to share his official biography. In his 40-plus years of playing the instrument, Carl has created a wildly successful, multi-faceted career. Carl VerheyenHe is a critically-acclaimed musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer and educator  with 11 CDs and two live DVDs released worldwide. Carl is commonly regarded as a guitar virtuoso capable of playing any style of music with remarkable mastery and conviction. He has been one of LA’s elite “first call” session players for the past 25 years, playing on hundreds of records, movie soundtracks and television shows. Carl has graced the pages of countless industry publications and been the subject of numerous articles chronicling his rise to the forefront of the modern day guitar scene. Carl has won numerous polls and musical honors in the US, Germany, France, Italy and the UK. A member of the smash hit British rock group Supertramp since 1985, Carl has played to millions of enthusiastic fans in sold out arenas worldwide. As the creative force behind The Carl Verheyen Band, he has released an impressive and eclectic discography that showcases his endless talents across a wide array of musical genres. A much sought after studio musician, Carl plays on other artists’ CDs whenever his busy schedule permits. He has recorded and played with a virtual who’s who of the music industry. His vast collection of movie soundtrack and television credits are enviable. Carl was heard by 67, 000,000 people as a featured soloist at the 2009 Academy Awards. He will also be heavily featured in the forthcoming film documentary about the electric guitar, Turn It UP!  On the educational front, Carl has produced two instructional videos called Intervallic Rock Guitar and Forward Motion as well as various on-line lessons. He also has a book/CD detailing his unique “intervallic” style called Improvising Without Scales. Another book entitled Studio City is a compilation of all the columns Carl wrote for Guitar Magazine between 1996 and 1999. He has written a monthly column for Chitarre, Italy’s #1 guitar publication as well as Guitar World and Guitar Jam Daily, a website devoted to serious guitarists. He currently writes a monthly column for Guitar Player, contributes to other guitar publications, and blogs regularly for GuitarPlayer.com and his own site. Carl also lectures and teaches at clinics regularly when not on the road. Carl recently co-designed a signature guitar with LsL Instruments, the “CV Special,” combining the best elements Carl seeks in his ideal guitar; they are now available for purchase worldwide. As if that weren’t enough, working closely with Dean Markley, Carl developed a line of signature strings for the electric guitar that perfectly balance the tremolo bridge of the Fender Stratocaster, the Carl Verheyen Balanced Bridge Helix HD string set . Also working with Dean Markley, Carl helped develop a top-of-the-line guitar lubrication in addition to his numerous existing endorsements. Carl uses our Black Raven 0.50mm in Rounded Triangle, and Acetal 0.63mm in standard shape.
Carl’s Website

Darby O’Guitar Pick

Check out these awesome custom picks made for the band Darby O’Gill and the Little People. The band has been Scatter2performing 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!

Guitars Not Guns Music Program


We just wanted to share a little bit about a great organization that we are honored to work with. Guitars Not Guns was founded by Ray and Louis Nelson.  They became foster parents in 1992 and it was through
this experience that Ray decided to provide foster kids with guitars and lessons. He began asking friends and strangers for their used guitars to pass along to foster kids. This act of kindness became his passion and as a result there are classrooms across the USA and in Canada. GNG’s goal is to help stop violence in schools and on the streets by providing a music program for at-risk teens and other deserving children. They want to divert as many children as possible from the self-destructive behaviors of drugs, alcohol and crime connected to gang activity. By providing children and teens with guitars and lessons they hope to engage their creative potential. It’s all about helping underpriveleged kids a
nd teens. GNG is an all-volunteer organization and provides their programs at no cost to students! We recently just made the custom guitar pick shown here for them on our White Delrin picks. Photo by Caren Armstrong.

http://www.guitarsnotguns.org/


 

 

 

For a Rainy Day…

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:

http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/TheTreadingLemmings

Http://www.facebook.com/treadinglemmings

Twitter: @treadinglemming

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!

Chuy Michel – New Endorsee

Jesus “Chuy” Michel is a Los Angeles based guitarist, composer, producer who is currently the lead guitarist for the Latin Alternative group Pastilla (Sony/BMG). He has also worked with some of Latin Americas top artist such as Carlos Baute (Warner), Vampiro (Sony/BMG), and Serralde (Universal). He has done countless national / international tours and played on various albums. Chuy is considered one of the top guitarist in the Latin Alternative/Pop community. Chuy was born June 29 !984 in Los Angeles California to Mexican immigrant parents. He is the oldest of three brothers (his younger brother Ivann is the drummer for Pastilla). His musical journey began at the tender age of 5 when his grandmother brought him an acoustic guitar from vacationing in Mexico. He quickly picked it up and continued to play vigorously. There was always music in the Michel household. Chuy grew up listening to music his parents where fond of such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Rod Stewart, and The Byrds. At the age of 16 Chuy started to perform with various groups throughout the Los Angeles music scene and quickly became recognized as one of the top guitarist in Los Angeles. Eventually he was invited to play with Pastilla(Sony/BMG). With Pastilla, Chuy has played countless concerts throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe. And has headlined some of Latin Americas most important music festivals such as Vive Latino in Mexico City, Mexico, and The Coors Light Indie Music Fest in Aguadilla  Puerto Rico. Chuys participation with Pastilla has resulted in some of the most commercially successful work group has produced including the hit album Amarte. While still a active member of Pastilla, Chuy has collaborated with several national and international touring acts such as Grammy Award winning artist Carlos Baute (Warner), Serralde (Universal), LILO (Universal), Mexican guitar hero and Jaguares/Mana guitarist Vampiro (Sony/BMG) just to name a few.

 

http://www.chuymichel.com/

Pick of the Week — Boss Fight

This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band Boss Fight.
Boss Fight is a 4-piece (Kevin, Steve, John and Mikee) band from Chicago that plays pop punk.
Boss Fight formed only about 9 months ago, and they played their first show on January 13th of this year (at the Subterranean in Chicago).
According to band member Mikee, the Boss Fight music tastes contrast pretty strongly, so in the end they have an interesting blend of explosive pop punk riffs and more ambient bridge/breakdown segments. Mostly, they say it’s just a blast to play and they hope that the crowds of future shows enjoy listening to it as much as they love to play it.
The pick design is one that Mikee essentially cropped from the event poster for the show. Mikee says that “the artist, the lovely and talented Marina Kozak, did a damn good job on the original. Her portfolio is here: www.marinakozak.carbonmade.com. She’s not actually in the band, but she’s decided to be our artist anyway!”
To learn more about Boss Fight, visit:
Their SoundCloud page: https://soundcloud.com/bossfightchicago
The event page for their last show: http://www.facebook.com/events/431855570201026/
We love the variety of color and graphic appeal of the Boss Fight design that was used for their custom picks. The material chosen for this order was our Clayton white carbonate pick type, which is a glossy finish bright white pick. To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com.

Spiketastic

Are you looking for the quality of pick that you have come to expect from the Clayton brand, but with some extra attack for those speed riffs? Look no further than our Clayton USA Spike series. Available in 3 different shapes and 3 different gauges, these picks possess extra sharp edges and pointed tips that will allow you to get that killer attack you’ve been dying to unleash. Also, the Spikes are made out of the same pick material as our Ultem Gold series, so that you know they have the strength to stand the test of time, even after endless nights of hard-core rocking out. To order your Spike picks, visit http://www.steveclayton.com/spike.php today!

Scott Lea – New single!

Scott Lea’s Nothin’ Left to Lose is the debut release through a new distribution partnership between RadicLea Records and CEN / RED /SONY. “Nothin’ Left to Lose” was written, produced and and performed by Lea. This powerful track is a gritty, raw tale of downing out, hitting rock bottom and bouncing back. The song takes the listener on an emotional journey from hopelessness to victory. – recorded at Scott Lea Productions studio NJ and
mastered at MasterDisk NYC by Roger Lian (Rush, Gene Simmons, The White Stripes, Muse). Scott belts out the lead vocals and instruments while his long-time friend and colleague Zhana Saunders delivers her sultry and soulful backing vocals. Zhana is known for her club hits “Waiting for Alegria,” “Body Fly,” “Sanctuary of Love” and “Love Dominates.” She is also known for her vocal work with Jon Bon Jovi, Taylor Dayne and Deee-Lite, to name a few and is featured on the RadicLeaRecords release Phase I – Random (“Crazy Eyez”). In addition to “Nothin’ Left to Lose,” you can also look forward to multiple projects being cranked out
of Scott Lea Productions studio / RadicLea Records this year such as Lea’s remixes of Offical Hot Mess (Kristy & Lindsey Landers) – “Money Makes the Girls Go Round” and “Sexy Face”, the rerelease of the Phase I dance album and another solo record, “Breakdown”. All RadicLea Records releases are distributed through The Creative Entertainment Network / RED / SONY and available on iTunes, Amazon, Napster, Rhapsody and other popular online media outlets. Head on over to ScottLea.Com to hear his new single!

Jonathan Barlow

Jonathan Barlow composes and arranges concert music for the nylon string guitar. His printed music is published with Clear Note Publications, Classical Vocal Reprints, Abundant Silence Publishing, Lathkill Music Publishers, and Soundboard quarterly guitar journal published one of his arrangements and wrote an article about him. His work has been called “fabulous” by Guitarnotes, ”superb” by Steve Marsh of Classical Guitar Magazine, and “tasteful, impeccably written and exceptionally enjoyable” by Rovi Music. A growing number of university music libraries carry his publications.
Follow the link to view all of his music available for purchase now! http://jonathandavidbarlow.com/publishedworks/
Listen to his music on Pandora Radio: http://broadcaster.pandora.com/t?r=927&c=901946&l=37961&ctl=410D029:55970D1978C19A868F921A04ECA14EF4050542759970026E&

Pick of the Week — Darbi Shaun

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!!

Pick of the Week — Frogs Gone Fishin’

This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band Frogs Gone Fishin’:

“At a Frogs Gone Fishinʼ show, fans are treated to heavy-hitting rock with the Frogʼs signature improvisational twist. In an age of auto-tuned vocals and laptop superstars, itʼs great to find a band who relies on harmonies, strong melody, and dynamic rhythms to keep their fans coming back. On any given night, the Frogs cut across genres and material from their two albums and never, ever, play the same set-list twice. This diversity in song choice and explosive improvisational energy has earned the band enthusiastic and devoted fans from places as far apart as Denver and New Orleans, Chicago and Austin, New York and San Francisco.”

To learn more about this fun group, visit their site at http://frogsgonefishin.com/

The Frogs picks were made on our acetal guitar pick material, and we love the bold color and style of their logo. To order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com!


Skull Fist is going tour in Brazil!

Skull Fist will be going on their first tour in Brazil this week! Skull Fist is a Canadian heavy metal band that released their first album “Head of the Pack” in August 2011. They have been one of our endorsees for about a year now and having been using Clayton products for 4 years! Check out their tour dates below, and you can visit their Facebook for more on the band.

John Driskell Hopkins

You may know that John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band is one of our endorsees…but did you know he recently released his own album “Daylight”. Daylight is backed up by award winning Bluegrass Band Balsam Range and an array of special guests, John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band releases his personal work in Daylight. My personal favorite song is “She Don’t Love Me” the lyrics are great, check it out!

John Driskell Hopkins Website

 

Pick of the Week — Maybe Refuge

This week’s Pick of the Week was ordered by guitarist Hiu—who sometimes go by the alias/nickname: LVXS. Hiu plays the bass in a band called Maybe Refuge. They’re a 4-piece alternative rock/pop band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada and they write and play mostly original music. Combining a deep, story-telling writing style, modern guitar tone, and a groovy, driving rhythm section, the band can be described as being fun, quirky, and modern, but with a bold underlying message to possibly bring “refuge” to their listeners. They currently have an EP out that’s available via their webstore or on iTunes and they’re working on a new album right now. They’ve got another gig coming up in Toronto as they open for another local band and that’s going to be on December 27th. You can find details and an event on their facebook page: www.facebook.com/mayberefuge.
 The official website is www.mayberefuge.com but you can also find the band on twitter and youtube by searching “Maybe Refuge.”
The Maybe Refuge Picks were made on our acetal pick material in the rounded triangle shape. We like how Hiu used the full bleed option to stretch the band logo like a banner across the pick, they turned out really great! To order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Mariannes Wish

‘Marianne’s Wish’ is an experimental/alternative rock band.  They were created in early 2011 under the guidance of composer/producer John Themis (Cat Stevens, Kylie Minogue, George Michael, Rod Stewart).
After a collaboration between Guitarist George Solonos and Drummer Christopher J that managed to get them on 4 tracks of Tommy Lee’s ‘Methods of Mayhem’ album they decided to team up with the talented frontman Francois Michelletto to create ‘Marianne’s Wish’. Their debut album ‘Add To Wishlist’ is now out and the band will play festivals and go on tour within this year, to support the new release.They have also just released a new video for their song Brainwash, check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9HnV_23_1M

http://www.marianneswish.com/

 

Lefty Williams

Our endorsed artist Lefty Williams will be playing in the Everyone Orchestra this year! We wanted to share the article Jam Bands post about this here. Check it out!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing all Clayton Customers a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday! With Black Friday tomorrow, you are probably starting to think about that gift list for this year, and Clayton Custom Picks are the perfect present for the musicians in your life! (pssst…we do have a Cyber Monday sale coming up, so be sure to check your e-mail for the promo code!) Start checking off that list early from the comfort of your own home by ordering custom picks on our site at www.claytoncustom.com Starting at just $24.99, and with free shipping options, the gift of custom picks will not break your bank, and they have that personal touch in additional to being a practical item that any guitarist will love! Check our holiday shipping schedule below to make sure you get your order placed on time…the earlier the better! We also offer Custom Pick Gift Cards! Start creating your design today 🙂

The perfect gift!

Custom guitar picks are a great gift for the guitarist in your life. However, it can be hard to decide which pick type, gauge, ect they want. We have a solution to that! We offer 3 different gift cards for custom guitar picks. The $30 Gift Card can be used to purchase 30 text only picks or may be used as $30.00 toward another purchase. Want them to be able to add more then just text? The $45 gift  may be used to purchase 100 one color picks or may be used as $45.00 toward another purchase. Lastly we have the option for a full color design, the $75 gift card may be used to purchase 100 full color picks or may be used as $75.00 toward another purchase. Also, if you are in a hurry and do not have time for the gift card to be mailed to you or the recipient we are able to send the gift card code electronically, just email us at questions@steveclayton.com for more information on how to purchase the gift card this way. This would also be a great gift for any friends or family who have a business to uniquely advertise their company, charities, events, ect.

 

Pick of the Week — Brothers N Arms

This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band Brothers N Arms. “Brothers N Arms is a Texas power trio that is tearing up the regional rock scene. Started in 2010 from a simple online ad, they have blown up to be one of Texas’ up-and-coming rock bands. Daniel and Jesse are the two members of the band who ‘wield these great custom made picks by Clayton USA.'”

“Brothers N Arms was conceived in central Texas when the Vines brothers got together to jam with bassist, Jesse James. The three realized from that first day that they had enough common ground musically to start a new project. As the weeks passed, the trio placed the framework for a powerful project that became known as Brothers N Arms. The sound of the group is a blend of influences that range from Metallica to POD, from Nirvana to Zeppelin.”

To learn more about Brothers N Arms, visit their site at: http://www.brothersnarms.net/!!

The Brothers N Arms picks were made on our white delrin pick material, and we love how it makes their intricate red and black logo really stand out! Order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, Etc.

The holidays are numerous, but one thing that they all have in common is that they are swiftly approaching! The time to order custom picks for holiday gifts is now, especially if you live outside the US. Clayton, Inc., ships all orders from the USA, and we offer worldwide shipping, but you will want to plan for the extra transit time! Our free international shipping option has an average transit time of 4-5 weeks, so the best time to order and still get free shipping is now! Our priority global shipping takes about 1-2 weeks (after the production time of the picks) and for last-minute orders we do offer Fed Ex Rush, with a 2-3 day transit time. Plan ahead and get those orders in early so that you can give your gift of custom picks on your chosen holiday! Order now at www.claytoncustom.com!

Our New Price Match Guarantee!

We now have a price match guarantee program for our customized guitar picks! We want to make sure that you get the best price possible when ordering your very own custom guitar picks with us! To ensure that we will now price match any custom pick competitor, plus give you an extra 10% off that price if you find someone who can deliver custom picks to your door for a better price.  There are a few restrictions to be aware of:

1) Pricing can only be compared to a competitor if they carry an identical pick material

2) Pricing comparison must be to the same quantity of custom picks

3) A lot of our competitors have hidden set-up fees.  We charge Zero set-up fees. If a competitor does charge set-up fees this must be included in the total price

4) Shipping is free on our site.  So if a competitor charges shipping to deliver your custom picks, that also must be included into the total price. Rush shipping methods do not apply to our price match guarantee.

5) Pricing on competitors sites must be regular public published pricing.  We can not match other competitor temporary sales and promo discounts.

To find out how to make a claim please head on over to this page.

Pick of the Week — Woody Wright

Playing guitar since 1964, Woody discovered his love for musical performance at a very young age. So far, he has played with a variety of groups within several genres of music, but has more recently stuck to Gospel.  Since the fall of 2001, Woody has enjoyed occasionally touring with the Gaither Homecoming Concert crew. He says that it is such a joy to see the large arenas full of Gospel fans from coast to coast, and on other coasts! “The Homecoming Cruises have been phenomenal, and the London/Ireland trip was a blast.”

Woody writes about his current performances:

   “From my first note of Will the Circle Be Unbroken at the Atlanta Homecoming to singing Because He Lives at the empty tomb in Jerusalem to hearing the fans in Johanesburg, South Africa call us all by our first names, being a Homecoming Friend has been an honor and a rare blessing. Plus, all the ladies in my Mother’s Sunday School class get to say ‘Betty, I saw Woody on TV last night!'”

To learn more about Woody’s extensive musical journey, visit his site at www.woodywright.net.

Woody’s picks were made on our ultem pick material. Ultem picks are known for producing a sound quality closest to a true tortoiseshell pick. Ultem picks can be printed with brown, black or red ink, and Woody made excellent use of all colors in his custom design. Order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

It may seem early….

…but the time to order our specialty custom pick items for Christmas is now! We know you are probably out in the shops seeing Christmas decorations popping up everywhere and thinking “Gee whiz, it’s not even Thanksgiving!” But some things are good to get a head start on. Custom guitar picks make a wonderful gift, and here at Clayton we offer a few items that take a little longer to get shipped out than most of our products. These include the black celluloid, glow in the dark and hot stamp foil custom picks. If you have been looking through our site and thinking that you might like to order one of these three types of custom picks for the holiday season, the time to place your order is now! Each of these materials has a 4-6 week production time, and you will want to allow for shipping time as well. Order today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — Zombie Suckers

Now that Halloween is upon us, we have the perfect Pick of the Week to feature!
“From the bottomless pit of monsters they came, climbing up to the surface of earth in August of 2007. They’ve been through a lot, they lost a lot of blood along the way forming what is now an extremely deadly combination of killer machines. With Alex E. Cute on vocals, Captain Morgue and ZZ on guitars, Crippler on the bass, Six Feet Unders on drums and the villain known as Dr. B. Careless on the percussion and sampler they form Sweden’s scariest horror-machine known as Zombiesuckers.

With the urge to play fierce and powerful horrorpunk they set their goal to conquer, scare and entertain the citizens of this planet. With a plan to fright, bite and fight their way to the top they create music with a lot of attitude, horror and large sense of humour making it a great combination of what any ear should expose itself to.

But beware, some people say their songs are so awesome they kill you while you sleep. So remember, only a headshot kills a zombie.”

 Find out more about Zombiesuckers on their official websites:
www.zombiesuckers.com
www.facebook.com/zombiesuckers
The creepy cool Zombiesuckers picks were made on our white delrin guitar pick material, and we love the detail and colors of their horrorific artwork. Visit www.claytoncustom.com today to start creating your own electrifying custom picks!

Pick of the Week — Sixteen Candles

This week’s Pick of the Week was created for the band Sixteen Candles.
Band Bio: Established in 2003. 16 Candles makes it their personal duty and pleasure to bring all the great 80′s songs you love to life in full force. Their attention to detail and commitment to entertainment captivates audiences and inspires new ways of dancing and thinking (not to mention drinking). The members are 5 fun-loving guys with a simple love for the music of years gone by and a mission to fuse nostalgia and style to create a sight/sound spectacular unlike any other.
To learn more about Sixteen Candles, visit their sites:
website: www.sixteencandlesband.com
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sixteencandlesband
twitter: http://twitter.com/16candlesband
The Sixteen Candles picks were made on our white pearl material. White pearl is always a good choice for supporting designs with a gradient, such as the green 16 Candles logo. The band also chose to have a rounded triangles shape for the picks. The rounded triangle is an over-sized pick shape, and allows for optimal design space. To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!