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Pick of the Week – Sixteen Cities

This week we have an awesome White Delrin Guitar pick, with full color imprinting.  The bright colors of this graphic, look really sharp on this pick. Sixteen Cities is a really amazing pop-rock band from Portland, OR.  Not too far away from us here in Talent, OR.  This band, just recently had their album “Pray You Through” featured on a recent episode of the popular WB show “One Tree Hill”.  They are currently on tour with the band Remedy Drive, and will be touring all over the South and Midwest.  If you are in any of those areas, make sure to check out their tour schedule.  For more information on this band visit their website at: www.sixteencities.com or check them out on their Facebook page.

Pick of the Week – Dirty Dan’s Cool Rockin’ Daddies

This week we have a very colorful pearl pick by Dirty Dan’s Cool Rockin’ Daddies! The colors are so vibrant and pretty on this pick, it was a sure pick for our Pick of the Week! You have to check out their website at: http://www.dirtydanbuck.com/ The first thing you see is their logo (like their pick) creativly placed.  Then you have gotta love their slogan “They’re old, they’re angry, and they’ll rock your ass off!” Ha! Pretty funny :).  Anyway, Dirty Dan Buck, the band frontliner, used to be  in a band called The Boyzz from Illinoizz, which was a late 1970’s band.  They were very successful and have worked with tons of huge artists including Areosmith and Meatloaf. Dirty Dan is now with his new band “Cool Rockin’ Daddies” which features Tadd King (quite the guitarist!) playing guitar, Joe Gagliardo playing bass, Jimmi Perrino on keyboard, and Scott Kelly on drums.  They perform at festivals and concerts throughout the region, and feature a hard rocking’ R&B experience. They recently played on the top of a 166 ft river boat on the Illinois River in Seneca, IL for the club H2O. I put a picture below of them on the boat. Looks like they had a great time.  They also had a picture of how they sell the guitar picks on their Facebook. page. They are making amazing earrings out them to sell at concerts.  So neat! The picks really make amazing earrings.

Brent Ashley

We just recently endorsed Brent Ashley. Brent has in the music scene for over 12 years now. He played bass for the second  half of Tim Skold’s side project Skold. They recorded half an album and did a few shows but that came to a halt when Tim joined Marilyn Manson as their new bass player. Brent also played in the band Leisure which was signed to Dreamworks, they toured for about 6 months in support of bands like CKY, The All American Rejects, Taking Back Sunday, and The Revolution Smile. For the last 6 years Brent has been playing Bass in the band The Dreaming. The Dreaming is signed to FOF/EMI records and their second album Drowning in Silence will be released this winter. Their first album Etched in Blood was self-released in 2009 and sold close to 20,000 copies in Best Buy and Hot Topic. Their music rocks! I especially loved their song “Dead to me” and “It’s no good”. Check The Dreaming out at their myspace. Brent uses our Acetal Rounded Triangle picks in 1.26mm gauge. We are very thrilled to have Brent on our endorsed artist program!

Interview with Patrick Vega

Patrick Vega just did an interview with Jason of Rock Zone. We just wanted to share his interview and also thank him for all the kind words on our picks! Patrick was just endorsed by us earlier this year.

1.  Patrick, I know that you endorse Steve Clayton Custom Made Guitar Picks.  First off all, could you please share with our readers how you first met Steve Clayton and what it was about Steve and his company that impressed you the most?

Someone gave me a Clayton pick at a rehearsal studio in downtown L.A. once. I remember that night very well, ’cause the guy had a 9mm pistol sitting on his amp and there was a house on fire across the street:) True story. Anyway, I tried it and liked it. That was my introduction to Clayton.

2.  You have gone online and basically let everyone know how much you think of Steve Clayton’s Guitar picks. What is it about these guitar picks that you find to be so impressive?

Claytons last much longer than most other guitar picks. And I have tried many of them. Most guitar picks wear down easily and I do play a lot and before having found the Claytons it was like this: I always ended up with like a third of the pick after like a few weeks of playing -most picks seemed to almost vaporize!  Also, I like designing things and Clayton has that really cool pick designer on the Clayton website where you can choose whichever pick you want. The gauge, the color and even upload your own art and insert text. How cool is that I like that sort of thing. I have a bunch of tattoos and my logo and stuff that I put on picks and I always make a design for each new release, featuring either the cover art or the font of my albums. That is how the Patrick Vega Signature Guitar Pick Series was born.

3.  As far as your custom guitar picks Patrick, do you get to come up with the

designs for the Guitar Picks or does Steve Clayton have someone who

comes up with the idea as far as the artwork/design of these guitar picks?

There are a lot of pictures and designs you can use that are pre-made by Clayton, but my picks are all me. I just received the new guitar picks that I designed in commemoration of the release of my new record ANIMA. Those designs are the first ones officially sponsored by Guitar Picks by Steve Clayton Inc. and turned out really cool.

4.  What has been your biggest seller of these guitar picks so far?

The awesome thing about a guitar pick is that it’s not only a very personal item to give away to fans (everybody loves picks) but that it is actually a highly collectible item. Especially since I do a design for each release. Plus they are being shipped out with every order of Pickbay Guitar Pick pendants which I am also endorsed by. I actually design the picks around the Pickbays, so they nicely fit in the pendants.

5.  Do you have a favorite Patrick Vega guitar pick that Steve Clayton makes?

For playing purposes I exclusively use the Clayton “Acetal”, 1.00mm gauge picks. I am after all a pretty technical player and use a lot of picking. Heavier gauge picks just seem to have a better string response; they don’t bend. I use Clayton’s standard shape. As a give away it varies. Clayton makes many cool designs so that enables me to always change it up a bit and come up with something really cool and exciting every time. For example, one of the new designs is a really cool black celluloid, medium gauge pick, featuring my logo, website and the original ANIMA font.

6.  How can our readers find out more about these custom guitar picks?

7.  As a Guitar Player, Patrick, what do you see as the advantage of having your own signature guitar picks?

Guitar picks are pretty important and actually a very underrated piece of gear (everyone is sooooo very particular about gauge, shape and material). Guitar picks are a very personal item/accessory for a guitar player. It makes a huge difference in your playing and also they’re like a tiny business card!

I always seem to lose a lot of picks, they end up everywhere (I usually find a bunch of them in the car, or the couch, or the washer or the dryer after doing laundry). And I always give some out at clinics and shows. People dig it. It’s something you can take home from a show and keep as a little souvenir. I still have all the signature picks that I caught at shows or clinics and it’s a cool thing to have. The guys actually used them to play the stuff you dig so much. Guitar picks rule.

Read more: http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=146437547&blogId=539083368#ixzz0zdXMtQaD

Eldebrock

One of our latest endorsees Eldebrock just released their debut album! We are very excited for them. Also, they will be donating $1 per album sold to the fight against cancer. Eldebrock was founded in early 2009 by Del Bannerman. At the end of the year they headed into the studio with Ryan Andersen (some of his credits include Nickleback’s “The Long Road” and “All the Right Reasons”. The play rock/alternative and are located in Canada. They have been using our picks for 3 years now, Del uses our 1.26mm rounded triangle acetal. Definently visit their website to check out their music, not only will their site design blow you away but so will their music!

A Guide to Changing your Strings

I once owned a guitar shop, with a repair department, and replaced many guitar strings. Here are a few good tips, I would like to share with you.
Guitar Strings

Removing old strings
Using a string winder, and starting from the low E string, unwind the string, until you are able to
disengage it from the hole in the machine head. Work across the guitar repeating this procedure. This will place the least amount of stress on your neck and body.
Do not simply cut the strings using wire cutters. This method can be dangerous, and places a sudden stress release within the guitar neck. It also makes
for twice the amount of wire to dispose of. Next, using the string puller, ” the notch on the end of the string crank cup” , carefully pull out each string’s peg, keeping track of which peg, came from which string. Wrap
each string back into a circle, and lock loop with one end. Try to make the circle small enough to fit into the envelope, that your new strings will be removed from.
In this way, everything is nice and neat, and there is less change of injury.

Polishing and conditioning your neck
Now is the time to use your favorite guitar polish, and clean your instrument, especially around the sound hole. This is also the time to determine, weather your fret board needs conditioning.
There are many good polishes and fret board conditioners on the market. Personally, I like to remove any dirt and grease that has built up behind the frets. I find that trying to remove all traces
of build up, is unnecessary, and can lead to damaging your neck. Harsh chemicals will dry out the wood, and water tends to swell the wood. So, I just use a clean cloth and gently remove most of the grease, using the fret board conditioner.
Leaving a little grease behind isn’t going to hurt anything. If you get to aggressive, and trying to remove all of it, you may do more harm than good.

Installing new strings
This is the time to find yourself a lead pencil. Before replacing your strings, take the sharp lead pencil, and rub the lead into the string slots on the top nut. This will add a little graphite, and help to release uneven tension when you tune up your guitar. Your guitar will stay in tune better. Un-package your new strings, as needed.  Stay organized. Starting with the bass E string, place the end ball back into the saddle, and orient the slot in the peg to fit the string. Press the peg all the way down while pulling a little tension on the string, with the other hand. You are trying to find the end of your string ball, while pressing the peg into the hole. Take the other end, being careful, wind it around the machine head’s pole 2-3 times, rotating counter clock wise, on the bass side and clock wise on the treble side.   After placing the end of the wire through the hole, pull it tight. Now, begin turning the machine head, placing more tension on the string. No string should be laying over another string. Check to see that the 2-3 windings are holding, and look correctly. Do this with all 6 strings. Using an electronic tuner or pitch pipe, slowly bring the bass string up to full note tension. Do this with all 6 strings. Don’t wast your time trying to tune each string. Relative pitch will work for now.  If your G string is a wrapped, be slow to bring it up to tone. It contains the thinnest core wire within the set and is the easiest to break. Worry about the G string, and then the top E string. Bring all of your strings up to tune, working your way from the bass to the treble. Using a good pair of small wire cutters, cut off the excess wire leaving 1/8′ outside the hole.

Pre-stretching your strings
Your new strings will not stay in tune, until they have had time to stretch out. If you don’t plan to play, tune it up, and leave it for a day or two,  re-tuning when you have a chance. I have rarely done this, as I usually want to start playing. Additionally, I want my guitar to stay in tune, without constantly retuning… Here is a away, to help remove most of the built in slippage from your strings.  Care must be taken, or you will break strings. As the strings become thinner, you must use less pressure.   With your guitar fully tuned to E, place it horizontally on a padded table top, and/or  your lap with the bass string nearest you.  Grasp the bass E string with both hands. The wire should be between your four fingers and your thumbs. Hands spread apart, with approx. a half inch space between your two thumbs, start bending the string.  Pull with your fingers, while bending in the opposite direction. Do this moving up and down the neck. You are working the bindings. You should be very careful bending your G string, especially if it has an outer wrapping. This is the string, which will always break first, until you learn this technique.  Turn your guitar around now, and do the same thing in the opposite direction, starting from high E to low E. Once you have learned this technique, you will be likely use it, as it makes a huge difference in the time it takes to keep your guitar in tune. It might be wise, to purchase an extra single G and E string. In the beginning, your G,B, and high E,  are the strings that break most frequently.

I have been playing guitar consistently for over 35  years, and haven’t broken a string in 20 years. Though in the beginning , I broke them on a regular basis. Remember, take care and be careful. Try to stay organized, you and your guitar will experience less stress. Above all have fun.

Pick of the Week – JamiSun

This week we have a full color sun graphic on our Acetal Rounded Triangle picks. Very cool!  This was created by JamiSun, who is a Charleston guitarist/singer/songwriter.  He is pretty much booked with gigs everyday in his area, which is very impressive. His styles range from John Mayer to Pantera.  He has a great website at: http://www.JamiSun.com/
So make sure to check it out. Also if you live in the Charleston area, check out his schedule so you can go listen to his amazing music!

New Endorsed Artists

We have just endorsed Trepid, Hero’s for Hire, and Night By Night. Trepid is a rock band that is bases in Louisiana. Brian and David have been using our guitar picks for 5 years. Trepid has shared the stage with The Event Horizon, Rockhouse, South of Heaven, Dorian’s Fall and national act Motley Crude (Uncrowned). Visit their site to listen to their music by clicking here.

Hero’s for Hire is a pop/punk/alternative band located in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. These guys really have a great sense of humor and you can see that by reading their bio on their myspace (totally hilarious)! They have been using our white delrin standard picks for about 2 years now.

Night by Night is a classic rock band hailing from London, UK…I really like that they are a more modern type of classic rock (didn’t know that was possible :)). They are a band all ages can enjoy, I really loved their song “Can’t walk away” check it out at their myspace.

Pick of the Week – Hot Neon Magic

This is a bright one! Neon Yellow and Pink are the colors on this guitar pick! Wow is it bright! Check out their website at: http://www.hotneonmagic.com/

I love the way the band dresses, and I even love their band bio “Relive the skinny ties, spandex and synthesizers with Vermont’s premier 1980s cover band. Rock out to hours of totally awesome tunes from when MTV was king” It is so great to see such a neat 80’s cover band.  We also love how their guitar pick really gets the message across about who their band is! Also check them out on facebook at:

http://www.facebook.com/hotneonmagic

Dust

We are very excited to announce that we have recently endorsed Big E and Dave Dunn from the band Dust located in Iceland! The band was formed by Dave in 2000, and has released 2 albums. Dust has also toured America twice now, hopefully they come again so that we can catch a show! I really loved their song T-Bird Romance from their latest album Radio Killer.  They play rock, and the play it well :). Dust has been using our picks for a couple of years now, they currently use Acetal. Dust plans on releasing a new album Christmas 2010. Check them out out their website and myspace.

Sander Hoek

Sander Hoek of Kelly’s Vacation is one of our latest endorsee’s. Sander has been using our picks for over 3 years now! We are very happy to have him join our endorsement program. Sander has been playing guitar since he was 12 years old, and really shows off his experience in his music like, “Break to Me”. Sander is currently located in the Netherlands.

He teaches guitar, writes music and is the author of two guitar lesson books. We expect to see a lot from Sander in the near future! Check Sander out at his myspace, Kelly’s Vacation Myspace, and his personal website.

Pick of the Week – G. Kishore Carey

This week we have a beautiful Nature Guitar Pick on our Acetal material by the artist G. Kishore Carey.  He is a worship artist, and has a recent album out titled “Contagious.” If you visit his website you can learn more about him and even purchase his music from itunes.   Below is his bio”

“Kishore is able to engage and encourage congregations of all sizes to give their hearts and spirt to God in worship. From juvenile detention centers to Walter Reed Army Medical Center and in many church sanctuaries in the Greater Washington D.C. area and beyond, Kishore has been blessed to minister in all types of venues. Starting in high school and working continually at craft and art, Kishore is writing songs with an honesty and raw-ness that betrays his Christian cultural upbringing and exposes a heart that seeks to honor God in word and deed.”
It is great to hear how someone uses music to inspire and help others!

Pick of the Week – Lynyrd Skynyrd

This week is a pick by the very famous band Lynrd Skynyrd. This pick is a full bleed on our Acetal Rounded Triangle .80mm guitar picks. It turned out really amazing! Almost everyone knows this bands songs. If you were to turn the radio to classic rock you are bound to hear their popular hits “Sweet Home Alabama” or “Free Bird.”  The Lynyrd Skynyrd band is in the rock’n roll hall of fame as they have sold millions of albums.  Robert Kearns, the current bassist asked us to put together his artwork and we place it on his acetal rounded triangle picks.  We think the artwork came out great!  Below are some links to hear more about this classic American band:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynyrd_Skynyrd
http://www.lynyrdskynyrd.com/

Little Big Town Meets Clayton Crew

What an amazing show we got to see here in Southern Oregon. Our new Jackson County Amphitheater is a perfect place for artists to perform. Last Tuesday, at the Jackson County Fair, Little Big Town invited us out to meet them and to watch their amazing performance. Thank you Mark Wheeler, and Bobby Simmons for working with us and Little Big Town to make it all happen. We look forward to making more custom guitar picks for these stars in the future.

You’ll notice in the photo of Phillip Sweet, playing his guitar, you can see the clayton picks all over each microphone stand.  At times Phillip would toss them out to the crowd.  Phillip uses our .80mm acetal guitar picks, along with our frostbyte .94mm grip picks. Jimmy and Phillip expressed some new interest in our ultem guitar picks, which you can see in the picture also.  Make sure to stop by our featured artist page from time to time as you may see these artists there soon.

Defiant Angel

Defiant Angel is one of our newest endorsees. The band is from Birmingham, Alabama and has some upcoming shows in the area, we would recommend checking them out. Their cover of Slither is awesome! I really loved listening to it, Jonathan’s voice is great and the guitar and drums are amazing. The band plays rock music and plays it well! You can check them out at their myspace.

Pick of the Week – Lethal Saint

This week we selected a Pearl pick on our Rounded Triangle material, by the band Lethal Saint. The band plays what they often refer to as Old School Heavy Metal. They formed in 2006 on the island of Cyprus (off the coast of Greece) by the two guitarists (Andreas Kasapis and Christos Papadopoulos) and the drummer (Christi Isseyegh) and after trying out a few singers they finally found exactly the voice they were looking for to represent the band: Andreas Pouyioukas. The most recent addition to the band is Mike Papapavlou, the bassist. A demo was released after the formation of the band in 2006 and was sold out, there was also a series of limited promo copies for the cd in December 2009 which were all sold out by the following concert. The original release of their self – titled album “LethalSaint” came out in March 2010 and ever since they have been answering interviews for metal magazines online, radio shows and so on. The cd is available at www.pitchblackrecords.com . Lethal Saint is looking forward to touring the island and hosting a number of concerts with other Cypriot bands for Summer 2010!

Lethal Saint can be found and contacted at the following websites:
http://www.myspace.com/lethalsaintmetal
http://www.lethalsaint.com/
http://www.metal-archives.com/
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=66589180317&ref=ts

Pick of the Week – The Tone Brothers

We have a really neat pick for this week. It is a guitar knob picture on a white pearl pick.  The knob looks amazing on this pick and looks 3-D on it! Very impressive! The detail is amazing with our print on this pick, and it is literally eye popping! This pick was designed by The Tone Brothers. They are a really amazing Atlanta based band.  To find out more about them please read their bio and check out their website below.

“Brother Doug McCombs has been laying down outrageous TONE with his guitar for the past 35 years. A veteran and founding member of Atlanta-based bands Fear Glory, Texas Crude and Gracie Moon, he’s opened for the likes of John Mayall, Buddy Guy, Ian Moore, and Gov’t Mule, and jammed with Jeff Healey. Whether rocking a packed house while headlining at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago and B.B. King’s Blues Club in Memphis, or grooving alone in his kitchen, Doug and his guitar engage in a dialog of the heart that transcends the moment. A dialog inspired and enriched by echoes of the soul-shaking TONE of his heroes– Jimi Hendrix, Mark Farner, Robin Trower, and Stevie Ray Vaughan–yet defined by his own distinctly righteous signature. Listen to him play, and know how it feels when a man and his guitar achieve total, ass-kicking TONE. TONE Brother Greg Hester grew up around Old School Gangsters & Legendary Wrestlers in Augusta, Georgia. Truly great music instantly changes the context, transporting the listener to the artistʼs world. With a clear understanding of his heritage, Greg introduces us to the voice of Southern Soul, infused with a TONE as heavy as the hot July haze. Along the way, Greg has shared the stage with Robin Trower, Warren Haynes, Johnny Winter, and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, among others. He captivates even the most jaded of crowds with a stage presence, charisma, and burn down the house intensity reminiscent of his idol and inspiration, James Brown. The power and passion of his singing is matched by the heart and humanity of his songwriting. Listen to him sing and, and witness a man whose art bears witness to the strength of soulful survival and the regenerative essence of TONE.”

myspace.com/thetonebrothers

Pick of the Week – John Karl

This week we selected a guitar pick by country artist John Karl.  He designed this amazing pick on our white delrin material. We love the detailed design and beautiful shades of blue.  Below is a bio about this talented artist:

“John was a success before even moving to Nashville. Nominated for North East CMA Entertainer of the Year and Best Male Vocalist, John has had a No. 1 on the MP3.com country chart with “There Goes the Neighborhood” and “Small Town” was featured in the movie American Reunion. “If you want to know where country is headed, just give a listen to John Karl,” says Rodney Phelps, a top Nashville attorney who also worked with Garth Brooks and Chris Cagle

John won the local Colgate Country Showdown in Upstate NY and had a song on Christian Country Radio with “Just Love Her” in 2003. He has toured the USA and opened for acts Ricochet, Daryl Worley and Craig Morgan just to name a few. He has played lots of festivals, including Nashville’s CMA Festival and was the house artist in 2008 at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville.

John Karl is the next big thing, with the right attitude, music, and performance style. He can get wild and pull out a tear-jerker right behind it. He knows what the fans want and he gives it to them.

Growing up in Niskayuna, N.Y., John has loved music all of his life and began singing at a young age. After high school he studied Graphic Design, was part of a professional water-ski team called the Coors Light U.S. Water-ski Show Team where he produced and performed the show and was a local Club DJ. While singing at a ski team function, a local funder made him an offer he could not refuse and helped him go to Nashville.

John moved to Nashville on Labor Day of 2002. He spent the next two years learning everything he could about the Nashville music business. He networked and got into writing circles and formed the duo Kalamity Jane. Soon after John went solo and began work on his self-produced album Redneck Rich Hillbilly Happy, released 2007.

As singer/songwriter John has a knack for a well turned phrase and is looking forward to his new CD “Are You Ready For This”. Due out in late August 2010.”

To find out more information about John, please visit his website at: www.johnkarl.net Also, you can download one of his new songs for free on his website! Use code JK1927CBY on the download page and enter you information and the code.

White Pearls With Style

These white pearl custom picks are a must see. They all have their unique styles. The wavy peace symbol with the wavy pearl is a great match for the style of artwork. The fireworks on the Opry design look almost real as the white pearl provides a little twinkle to the sparks. If your going to give away guitar picks, I’d highly recommend our white pearl picks because they make an excellent presence with the pretty pearl look. If you have questions about our white pearl picks don’t hesitate to give us a call with your questions we’ll be glad to help. Just dial 1-877-752-9484. You can also learn a lot about our picks by clicking on our FAQs.

Summer Designs For Summertime

These picks show what summer is about. Weddings, butterflies, and enjoying nature are all popular during the summer season. These were all done on our white delrin custom guitar picks. The black and white wedding couple design is an image you can find on our claytoncustom.com website. Our white delrin custom guitar picks start at just $39 dollars for 100 picks. What impresses me about our white delrins is they provide such a comfortable grip and they have a very clean white look. Let’s not forget that they are as light as a feather. Show what you love about summer on your picks! You can create custom picks by clicking here!

Autographs and Signatures For Custom Guitar Picks

For fans of all kinds signatures are always something to collect. Some artists will actually sign their guitar picks at shows while many others will have them made on their custom guitar picks. A lot of signatures have been placed on our white delrins as you can see in this photo the white delrin brings out the signatures the best.  The great thing about our designer is you can easily adjust the size of your own signature to the picks. Just scan your signature, save it on your computer and then place it on your favorite custom guitar pick. I’d also suggest using a marker to make the signature standout. Make your custom guitar picks today!

Pick of the Week – Gina

For this week, we selected a nice pick that combines a graphic with a signature on our Acetal.  What great design! Gina has an amazing voice and style to her music.  Here is her bio: “Singer/Songwriter Gina Borys’ music is moody and dark, drawing on life experiences, perfectly blending heavy metal and acoustic rock. With a love of all music from Led Zeppelin to Radiohead, her songs incorporate elements as expansive as the spaghetti western scores of Ennio Morricone and the gentle crooning of Tony Bennett.

Playing solo, as well as with an all-female Led Zeppelin cover band, Gina delivers a stirring performance. Whether she is emulating the iconic guitar work of Jimmy Page, or just connecting emotionally in an intimate setting, its purely her and her guitar.” Please make sure to check our her amazing video at: http://www.love-resurrected.com/lastgig/

If you want a cool design just like Gina’s please check our her graphic designers website at:http://www.beyondblond.com

All You Need Is Yellow!

Our yellow delrin custom picks are becoming more and more popular.  It must be the sunny summer season that has drawn customers wanting our yellow delrin guitar picks.  The photo in this blog shows some designs I found that are really impressive.  Click on the photo and look at the Burlap and Bean, Support Local Music pick.  Here you’ll notice they have provided their physical address and web address for all fans and newcomers to learn about the coffee shops events, open mic shows, artwork, and their coffee. These picks are great for business cards as you can tell.  Having the bright yellow background can make it easy for fans to see the artwork.  Get your summer custom guitar picks today by clicking start now!

White Delrins And Their Colorful Designs

Now is the time to let your color shine with our white delrin guitar picks.  The white delrin picks provide

that extra charge for your color.  In this photo you’ll find the pink, orange, and green colors are really getting all of the attention in these designs.  We have mentioned the white pearls also bring out bright colors well, but the white delrins can be another great option.  If your wondering if artist enjoy to play with these, just ask our endorsed artist Eric Church.  He uses our white delrins and has used them ever since he started playing the guitar.  So bring your colorful ideas to our designer and start making your custom picks today!

Pick of the Week – Still Within

This week we selected a really creative pick by the band Still Within. We selected this pick because we loved how they used their logo to fit perfectly into the shape of the guitar pick. Still Within is a Canadian Pop band that has topped the Reverb Nation charts at #1 in capital of northern BC. Their music delivers the newest mix of pop rock and song writing ingenuity. Please read more of their bio below: 

“These talented individuals have acquired a long line of touring experience sharing stages with some of Canada’s top signed rock artists.  Over their musical careers they have accumulated a wide variety of influences and originality to mould their music into a distinct dimension of euphoria. Andrew Arsenault, founder and forefather of the band “Still Within” that just recently released a CD titled “See the Signs” takes hold of his voice and guitar to conjure riffs that hypnotize and obfuscate the listener. Chad Armstrong, previous drummer of “Texas Blood Money” brings his dual-wielding hands into the fray with the promise of heart stopping strikes and unwavering precision. Dan Sittler, previously with the touring band “Offset” carries a wisdom of keys and polished guitar tones that defy his age on every account; the prodigal son. Nick Grubjesic, The bassist that previously played with “Soul Side In” loads the gun once again to show the fire that burns within his own soul.”

To read more please visit their websites:

http://www.myspace.com/stillwithin
http://www.facebook.com/stillwithin
http://www.reverbnation.com/stillwithin
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/see-the-signs/id360929943
http://radio3.cbc.ca/bands/Still-Within

The Classic Crime Signs With Steve Clayton

The Classic Crime has now signed with Steve Clayton. We are excited to support such a talented band from the Seattle area. Vagabonds debuted as the #4 best selling Rock album on Itunes and was as high as #20 on the top overall 100 albums on Itunes.  The band has nearly 10 million plays on Myspace. Bassist Alan Clark talks about why he chooses Steve Clayton Picks “I started using Clayton acetal triangle (.88 mm) picks 5 years ago when we started touring as The Classic Crime. The picks I was using before did not feel comfortable for my style of bass playing. I needed something with a little bit more surface to hold on to. The triangle shaped really helps because it doesn’t matter if the pick turns on me It’s the same shape all around. I’ve only broken one for the 5 years I’ve been playing them. I actually lose them or sign them for fans before they get worn out or break. So I’ve never used them to their full potential.” If you would like to learn more about The Classic Crime be sure to check out their website http://www.theclassiccrime.com/.

Fans Screaming For Steve Clayton Picks!

We just wanted to show you what the fans think about our Steve Clayton Picks.  Music Makes Music shows why artists and fans can both enjoy our custom guitar picks.  If you would like your fans to have the same reaction for your picks I’d suggest you get your rockstar Steve Clayton custom guitar picks.  Photos, clip art, text, and all artwork can all be placed on our custom picks. Just go to steve clayton custom guitar picks and start your design today.

Make sure to stop by and support our friends at Music Makes Music.  This is a great program to get students involved with music to help them stay in school and graduate.  This video was taken at one of their shows.  The necklace was made for them also.  If you would like to have necklaces with your picks just give our customer service a call at 877.752.9484.

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Victory By Revenge


This week we have selected a very creative and colorful guitar pick from a band called Victory By Revenge We selected this custom guitar pick, because we loved the vintage colors and worn look. It was printed on our Acetal material and it turned out great.  Below is their Bio from their myspace page:

“Formed in 2006 as underclassmen in high school, Victory By Revenge are five friends from Howard County, Maryland who radiate positivity through their music as well as in their everyday lives. The boys are now newcomers to the college life but their love for touring has them chomping at the bit for semesters to end and their love affair with the road to commence. Releasing their first EP, First Date Mistakes, in November of 2008, it took VBR some time to find their sound but since then they have accomplished so much because of their hands-on, persistent, and “go get ‘em” attitude. Their sugary sweet hooks about parties and high school will have you singing into the closest hairbrush for days.  To read more check out their Myspace Page at: http://www.myspace.com/victorybyrevenge

To Design your own custom guitar pick, please visit our website: Clayton Custom Guitar Picks

Danny Miranda From Queen Signs With Steve Clayton

Danny Miranda has signed with Steve Clayton and told us today he is currently touring with Meatloaf.  Miranda chooses to play with our black raven rounded triangle .8mm and 1.0mm guitar picks.   He has played are recorded with many big name bands such as Queen, Blue Oyster Cult, and Faith And Fire.  Queen has produced 18 number one albums including their big hit “Bohemian Rhapsody” which was number one for nine weeks in the UK charts.  Below you can watch his bass solo with Queen from a live performance in 2008.  The Blue Oyster Cult’s music has been placed recently in video game soundtracks for Rock Band, Guitar Hero, and Shaun White Snowboarding featuring their hits.  We are happy to support such talented artists.  If you would like to be endorsed by Steve Clayton you may find out how through our contact information.

White Pearl Picks Demanding To Rock Out

If you want to rock with your music let our white pearls provide the extra energy to your performance.  The white pearl custom guitar picks are a great choice for vibrant colors and colors that need a little extra to make them stand out. If you didn’t notice our pick of the week, from Bon Journey, you’ll see why they chose our pearl clayton guitar picks. The pearl look has been very popular for guitars and guitar picks. Our custom design team has been recommending the white pearl picks for light colors and brighter colors so that they come out well like the picks in the photo. To provide a little extra texture to your design the pearls help making a three dimensional look such like the Hadlock pick with the flames.  If you’d like to become a rockstar be sure to make your picks through our website claytoncustom.com