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Shiny and New: Steve Clayton Store Online

Announcing SteveClaytonStore.Com, where you can get all of the Clayton Guitar Accessories that you need and love! You may remember that this section of our site used to be run through a company called Shopatron, and orders were often shipped from one of our distributors. Now, when you order your Clayton items, you can rest assured that they will come directly from us, the manufacturer, which means less hassle and more dependability! And that’s not all…we are also offering free shipping on all orders over $35.00, all the time!! Check it out at http://steveclaytonstore.com/.

 

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More News for Crystal Tears!!

For those of you who are devoted Clayton blog readers, you may remember a post I did on a band called Crystal Tears for Pick of the Week, back in August of 2012. They are kicking it up this year with some exciting events!  Their “Hellmade” album (the cover of this album is on the picks that we featured) will be released this Friday, March 28th, via Massacre records!
They currently have two trailers for the album:

The first is presented and narrated by Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, of GUNS N’ ROSES! Here is the YouTube link for this trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpmMURqsofc

The second trailer is narrated by actor Lew Temple (The Walking Dead, Lone Ranger, Texas Chainsaw Massacre ect.)! Check it out at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTl9SgDazPU

Below are some amazing photos that were taken of band members Kostas and Máté, with their custom Clayton picks. We love these!! Here’s wishing the very best to all the band members of Crystal Tears you launch your album, you guys rock!

Visit their site at: http://crystaltearsofficial.webs.com/

Also, check out this videoclip for ‘Beds are burning’, which has just been released!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yzI1Nrb5uQ

To order your own custom picks like the ones that are used by Crystal Tears, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

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Blast Off!

We recently received some news here at Clayton, Inc. that we had never heard  before…we found out that one of the picks that was made here for customer Jowi Taylor was taken into space!! Jowi had conceived and commissioned a guitar, made from pieces of history from all across Canada. The guitar has been played by everyone from Don Ross to Feist to K’naan to Ron Sexsmith to Buffy Ste. Marie to Gordon Lightfoot as well as thousands of ordinary Canadians. It’s also been played by the extraordinary Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who took one of Jowi’s Clayton custom guitar picks on his recent celebrated mission to the International Space Station. He recently returned the pick along with the official certification of its journey, shown here:-1

 

 

 

 

 

How cool is that? This little guitar pick that we made has certainly traveled further than any of us have! Guess it’s time to rock out in outer space!

NAMM 2014

From January 23rd through the 26th, we’ll be at NAMM. We wanted to give you a quick rundown of where you can find us and who will be joining us! Our booth number is 4690 and below you’ll see who is scheduled to be with us for signings.

Friday:
Playmate of the Year starting at 10:15 am
WCAR from 12:30pm – 2:30 pm
John Hopkins from 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Saturday:
Kyle Gass & John Konesy from 10:30am – 12:30pm
Carl Verheyen from 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Steve Stevens from 2:00pm – 3:00pm

We’ll keep things updated as we can. Hope to see you there!

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Strumming for the Cause

A couple weeks ago, we had the opportunity to make guitar picks to help support a wonderful cause. One of our customers, Justin Jacobs, has a passion for guitars and has recently been working on a very special project…building a guitar that he has christened the 65 Roses Guitar. Jacobs himself was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of three, and he explains that kids that age have trouble saying “cystic fibrosis” and it ends up being pronounced like “sixty five roses.”

Because Cystic Fibrosis is still non-curable, Jacobs wanted to take action to help find a cure. He has combined his musical passion with his desire for change to come up with the unique idea of building this special guitar to auction off. In addition, he has gotten the signatures of many celebrities who support his cause, and he will be framing those and auctioning them off as well. He is also currently working on a musical line-up for a benefit concert where he’ll auction off the items and collect the funds to donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

560541_426426924144421_826325658_nOur contribution to Justin’s project was to donate custom guitar picks that he can hand out to help spread awareness about his project and what he is trying to accomplish.

To learn more about Justin Jacobs, his story, and the 65 Roses Guitar Project, visit

www.facebook.com/cfguitarproject

or check out these articles:

http://m.wfmz.com/Man-builds-guitar-to-raise-awareness-of-cystic-fibrosis/-/15946050/22621428/-/c27vj2z/-/index.html

http://touch.mcall.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-78051497/

Remember that any contribution helps, even something a simple as clicking “Like” on the 65 Rose Guitar facebook page will help to generate recognition for all of the hard work that Justin is doing to benefit others who have suffered from this terrible condition.

Just Added to Our Custom Line: Eco Picks!

Those of you who are long-time Clayton Customers may have seen that we offer Eco friendly guitar picks through our site at http://www.steveclayton.com/ecopicks.php. Before now, these picks were only available with the standard Clayton Eco logo printed on them. Now we have added them to the options for custom printed guitar picks! Check it out at www.claytoncustom.com! Eco-Picks are an earth-friendly product made of a unique agricultural (non-petroleum) based polymer that is made utilizing renewable energy. Eco picks are made of a plastic that is certified compostable (BPI Certified to ASTM D6400). Now you can rock with a good sounding pick & be responsible to the earth while you do it! The custom Eco Picks are available in two colors; white and natural, and can be printed with any colors on one or two sides. They come in a standard shape and medium (.80mm) gauge. Shown to the left is an example of the natural colored Eco pick with a custom design. Order your own custom Eco picks today!

The Clayton Team @ Bret Michaels Concert!

As many of you already know, Bret Michaels is one of our featured endorsed artists. Bret Michaels started his career as the lead singer of the metal band Poisen. He also starred in the hit shows, Rock of Love with Bret Michaels , its sequels, and was the winning contestant on NBC’s reality show Celebrity Apprentice 3. He now tours the country with The Bret Michaels Band, and we were lucky enough to have him appear in our home of the Rogue Valley in Oregon! Needless to say, the Clayton team made it a priority to go to his concert and meet him in person. All of us had a fabulous time watching Bret, and his band members Dirty Ray and Pete Evick who we also supply guitar picks for. They put on a rockin’ show and we had the opportunity to meet him and take a photo after the concert was over. A big thanks to Bret, Ray, and Pete and other members of the band and tour group. We love working with you!!

Bret has charismatic stage presence that delights the audience

Backup vocalist and guitarist Pete Evick sings his heart out

Members of the Clayton team, along with friends and family, pose for a group shot with The Bret Michaels Band

Story of a Ghost

Last week we had a Facebook contest to share your band’s story on our blog, the winner was Aaron from Story of a Ghost :-)! Story of a ghost began their musical journey from the release of their single “Akimbo”, based loosely on the May 22 2011 tornado. Akimbo, was recorded in their home town of Joplin, Mo by producer Jerrod Naff, at Zombielife Studios. It has been featured on radio stations in their home state, as well as on the 2011 compilation cd for magazine, “The Dead Timez”. They are currently in the studio working on their self-titled e.p “Story of a ghost” that is expected for release on ITUNES and AmazonMP3 in early 2012. A national tour for 2012 is definitely in the works. (Bio)      links: www.reverbnation.com/storyofaghost

Pick of the Week — Warrior Spirit Band

This week’s Pick of the Week was created for a unique band known as the Warrior Spirit Band. “They are the first all wounded warrior band in the US. Their mission is to bring awareness to various disabilities our veterans and soldiers face once they come home after war. They use music as a healing tool and a way to tell their stories of the experiences they had during combat and the struggles they have faced since coming home. Their goal is to make sure that every veteran that has a disability knows that there is help….and giving up is never an option! The Warrior Spirit band has the potential to do so much for our men and women of the armed forces that have sacrificed their ability to lead a normal life after being wounded or disabled in a combat zone. Warrior Spirit will help bring selected veterans outreach programs into the spotlight and will raise awareness of the struggles that our service men and women go through upon returning home and re-acclimating to a normal life.” Find out more about this amazing group at http://www.warriorspiritband.com/ Warrior Spirit Band’s picks were made on our white pearl material, which gives their logo an awesome 3-D effect and makes the gradient in the text really pop. Order your own custom guitar picks today at www.claytoncustom.com. And, if you are ordering custom picks as a holiday gift, hurry up!! Time is running out!!

Eco-nomize

Hey Clayton fans!! This week only, we are running a special on our custom guitar picks! We are offering free shipping on your order, to anywhere in the US, along with a free pack of our Eco-Picks (for both international and domestic orders). Our Eco-Picks are made from environmentally friendly material, and are certified compostable…in addition to being professional quality and producing an awesome sound. All you need to do to take advantage of this offer is to enter the code ECO897 when placing your order through our website at www.claytoncustom.com. Be sure to put all letters in capitals, and have no spaces when entering the code. This sale only goes through August 30th, so don’t wait to place your order!

Only 5 More Days for 15% Off!

The sale is ON for custom picks! Starting on July 18th, we launched our Sizzling Summer Sale for 15% off any order for custom guitar picks from Steve Clayton! The sale will continue through July 25th, so there are only five days left to place your order! We offer custom printed guitar picks in a huge variety of materials, shapes and gauges. All you need to do is visit www.claytoncustom.com to create the design for your picks. Once the design is saved in your Clayton account, you may click on the “Order Pick” button to place your order directly through our site. The order process will prompt you for a promo code, and if you enter in the code SIZL9, you will automatically receive your 15% discount!! Also, be sure to check out our Facebook page at facebook.com/claytonUSA. Don’t wait until the last minute…create your design today!

Picks for a Cause!

During the past week, we have had the opportunity to make custom guitar picks to promote an awesome cause. We are excited about this organization, and we are so glad that they chose us to help support them! The Save the Ta-tas® Foundation and ta-tas® Brand was created by clothing designer Julia Fikse as a way to fight breast cancer using laughter and fun as a way to fight a serious disease. Her playful line of t-shirts and accessories include messages such as “save the ta-tas” and “friends don’t let friends lose ta-tas.”  Her messages of hope and humor have reached thousands of victims and survivors of breast cancer and have helped them to fight the disease with both strength and courage. ta-tas® Brand, which was started in 2004, donates 5% of gross sales year around to fight cancer. This is a unique, high and very risky commitment. They realize that women and families need support NOW so they also have an annual scholarship contest, support the Revlon Run Walk for Women and donate product year-round to independent fundraisers so others can raise funds for their favorite cancer charity. For more information, please visit www.savethetatas.com. The Save the Ta-tas picks were created, appropriately, on our pink delrin picks. To design your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Announcing our Wedding Pick Website!!

We are very excited to announce the launching of our new site created specifically for wedding guitar picks!! We have found that wedding picks are very popular, so we decided to make a site to help guide brides and grooms through the process of ordering custom guitar picks for the big day, and to provide examples of how guitar picks have been used by other customers for their weddings. To check out the site, visit http://www.customweddingpicks.com/. Be sure to click on the “Ideas”

section to see some examples of wedding pick designs, and photos of the picks actually being used! For more information about ordering custom guitar picks for your wedding, contact us at weddingpicks@steveclayton.com!

Pick with Austin: A Non-Profit Charity Organization Giving the Gift of Music

Recently, Clayton USA, Inc. has had the opportunity to contribute to a wonderful charity organization called Pick with Austin. Pick with Austin is a nonprofit corporation that operates in the memory of Texas teen guitarist, Alan Carter Villaruz-Curley. The purpose of the organization is to help elevate a community awareness and to educate the people about a growing epidemic of youth depression and suicide. They use Alan’s Gift of Music to enhance this awareness while providing donated guitars to kids and teens in hospitals, in youth groups and ministries, and/or those whom have been identified in some way of being potentially “at risk” of depression. On February 4th, Pick With Austin made a large presentation of donated guitars to the Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas, along with custom guitar picks made by Clayton. The media coverage of this event helped to support the charity, and the donations went to sick children, and kids undergoing chemo therapy. Shown below are some images of the picks and the event:


Be sure to check out these broadcasts of Clatyon involvement with Pick with Austin:

http://pickwithaustin.com/clayton.htm http://pickwithaustin.wordpress.com/

To find out more about Pick with Austin and how to donate, visit their site at http://www.PickWithAustin.com. It is truly an amazing organization that deserves our support!!

Spotlight on Clayton Celebrities at NAMM

As you know, this year’s record-setting NAMM was an exciting time for Clayton and our endorsed artists. After the show was over, a final closing video was created to review this major yearly event. We are proud to announce that two of Clayton, Inc.’s endorsed artists, BooBoo Stewart and Kyle Gass, were chosen to speak for this important public service announcement. Be sure to check out the video entitled “NAMM Show: That’s a Wrap!” at http://www.namm.org/thenammshow/2011 to get all of the highlights!!

CUSTOM DRUM STICKS!!

You’ve been waiting for them, and they’re finally here!! Clayton USA is now offering custom drumsticks! You can check out our new site at: http://claytoncustom.com/drumsticks/. These are professional-quality sticks made of the finest American Hardwood, and they are available in size 2b. All of the custom drumsticks are 16″ in length. They can be used as a novelty items, give-aways, or (of course) for playing! They are available for single color or full color designs. Pricing starts at five pairs for only $44.00!! Quantities of up to 50 pairs are listed on our site, and if you call us we can provide pricing for higher quantities as well. So start designing today, to get your new custom drum sticks as soon as possible!!!

Pick of the Week – Bret Michaels

So pretty much everyone knows who Bret Michaels is.  If for some reason you don’t, he is the guy who is practically everwhere you look! He started his career as the lead singer of the metal band Poisen. He also starred in the hit shows, Rock of Love with Bret Michaels , its sequels, and was the winning contestant on NBC’s reality show Celebrity Apprentice 3.  He is also known for his signature bandanna.  Bret is an endorsed artist here at Clayton.  We have done a couple different picks for him, which are shown below.  Also below is a picture of him on stage using our picks. Currently Bret has a new show on VH1 called Bret Michaels: Life as I Know It., which is on Monday nights at 10/9 central, and repeats countless times a day on VH1. If you have not seen it yet please click this link to see a full episode of his amazing new reality show: http://www.vh1.com/shows/bret_michaels_life_as_i_know_it/series.jhtml Bret is also currently touring right now on his ROSES & THORNS TOUR. To check out if he is coming to a venue near you please check out his tour date schedule: http://www.bretmichaels.com/2010/schedule_files/schedule.htm

Thanksgiving Sale!!

We wanted to let you know that we are having our Clayton Custom Guitar Picks annual Thanksgiving Sale!! We sent out our e-mail blast today with the discount code, but in case you did not get it, the code is NOV10. This discount is for 15% off any order of custom guitar picks, and it is for three days only (November 15th-17th)! All you have to do is visit our site at www.claytoncustom.com to design your pick. You will be able to place your order directly online, and there will be a prompt for the discount code. Enter in NOV10 (all capital letters, no spaces) to receive your discount. Pricing for custom picks starts at only $24.99! This offer only applies to orders placed with us online. If you have trouble using the discount code, please contact us directly. Also, bear in mind that orders placed using the code can sometimes have a longer production time than what is listed on our site. Happy Thanksgiving from Clayton!

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 – 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!

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/

Happy Birthday Steve!

Yesterday, June 16, was a special day here at Steve Clayton, Inc. Steve celebrated his 60th birthday!! And what better way to celebrate than with custom picks? The staff here surprised Steve with a decadent chocolate cake, decorated with candles and some custom birthday guitar picks made especially for the occasion! The picks were our green delrin material, imprinted fondly with the text “Happy Birthday Steve!! 2010.”  The picks made a great decoration, as they were very easy to stick in the frosting on the edge of the cake to add some flare. This is a great example of how custom picks can be used for anything, even birthday parties! So here’s to you, Steve, for being the founder of this amazing company, and we wish you all the best for this year. Happy Birthday! To design your own custom birthday picks: Clayton Custom

New Featured Artist Eric Church Supports Nashville with Flood Relief

Just recently Eric Church has helped out Nashville’s Humane Society by providing some supplies after the devastating floods. He has been asking for additional support from his fans.  You can support Nashville by going to Donate Nashville.  He currently is our featured artist on steveclayton.com.  His big hits “Love Your Love the Most,” and “Hell On The Heart”  are on his latest album Carolina.  Carolina debuted at #17 on the billboards top 200 list.  He chooses to play with our white delrin standard shape .8mm guitar picks and our rounded triangle pearl picks.

He will be putting on great shows throughout the year as he headlines the 2010 Jagermiester Country Music Tour. Find our more news and info through ericchurch.com.

Pittsburgh Band, Bon-Journey Signs with Steve Clayton

Tony DiCesaro, the lead singer of Bon-Journey contacted me and asked if they could be endorsed by us. I got their promo package in the mail and was very impressed with the bands music and how they presented themselves to us. They are an awesome Pittsburgh band which is a tribute band for Bon Jovi and Journey. If you’re looking for a good show be sure to check out their schedule on their website www.bonjourneyshow.com


Check back later to see the amazing custom picks made for the Bon-Journey Show Band.  It will be featured in our pick of the week blogs.

Pick of the Week, The Rick Copus Band

This week we are featuring a full color Acetal pick, by the Rick Copus Band.  We loved the shading of the blue and black in this custom guitar pick.

“The Rick Copus Band formed in the summer of 2008. A group of professional musicians working and playing in bands and various worship teams in Bakersfield formed to make this powerful blend of rock and worship music, to serve our Lord Jesus Christ.

Rick Copus has been a professional musician since the mid 80’s; after becoming a Christian in 1995, Rick joined his church worship team and began serving the Lord with his music. In 1998 Rick formed a band from the worship team in Bakersfield called Formerly Blue, playing in coffee houses and festivals, the band made a CD(Pickin’ Up The Pieces), and was very popular in Bakersfield until their breakup in 2000.”

Now he has gone on to form The Rick Copus Band. We really like this band, as they are putting their music to good use trying to help people with cerebral palsy. It is through disability life experiences, that Rick, the band, and their families are dedicated to disability ministry. Such a great cause!
Please be sure to find out more about the band at their website is: www.therickcopusband.org

Independent Artist Sally Debauchery Signs With Steve Clayton

Sally Debauchery is an independent artist and model that works with many bands.  When she was 17 years old she received her first bass as a gift from her friend, Shavo Odadjian, from the band System of a Down.  In 2009, Debauchery has made a guest appearance, recording bass on Team Cybergeist’s song “Justified.” Debauchery chooses Steve Clayton picks because she has a hard time finding the right size pick in stores. She likes to use our 1.26mm acetal guitar picks.  She has been using our picks for years and claims she is hooked on them.  Debauchery and many other bassist are finding the heavy gauge acetal picks are a great choice. Sally is determined to pave the way for female musicians as she continues to leave her mark on the entertainment industry.  For more information about Sally Debauchery you can find her on myspace, or her website http://www.myspace.com/ddevild0ll

Our Acetals are Ace!

The Steve Clayton team is proud to announce that we have been included in a blog for Live Musician Central. Live Musician Central is a site that provides resources for performing musicians, including information about being in a band, gigs, band equipment, and how to improve live band skills. The blog entry dedicated to Steve Clayton, Inc., referred to our acetal picks, and the reasons why our they are chosen over other brands. The main reasons include that our acetals have a sweat-resistant surface, they are long-lasting, and they have a good hardness that allows for a sharp attack when playing. Our acetal picks are available with our logo on them, or as a material for custom design. To check out the blog posting, please visit http://livemusiciancentral.com/2008/06/13/the-best-guitar-picks-clayton-acetal-standard-picks/ For Clayton Acetal Standard Guitar Picks,visit http://www.steveclayton.com/acetal.php and to design custom acetal picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com. Thank you, Live Musician Central!

Supporting Music Makes Music from Steve Clayton

Music Makes Music “MMM” is a non-profit organization that goes to schools to perform and educate students about the importance of music.   MMM inspires students to get involved with music which in then impacts students interest levels to finish their education.  Schools that have a music program are seeing higher attendance and graduation rates.  A 2006 Harris poll, showed that schools who have a music program are getting 97% of students to attend and graduate versus 72.9% for schools without a music program.  Karen Zgonc, the VP of Marketing and Development, contacted us and we are excited to work with them.  Here are the picks we have created for them.  If you would like to support the Music Makes Music organization you may go to their website musicmakesmusic.org

New Featured Artist From Lynyrd Skynyrd “Robert Kearns”

Robert Kearns is now our featured artist!  He is the current bassist from Lynyrd Skynyrd and will be touring with them for 2010. The band talks about his audition and how they were impressed by his talent in the video below. Kearns chooses to play with our acetal rounded triangle picks. He enjoys how they feel when he plays with them and says they create a better tone than other guitar picks. Kearns is also from the south and fits right in with the band. We are looking forward to his year with the hall of famers and wish the best luck! To find out more about Robert Kearns and Lynyrd Skynyrd you can visit their website www.lynyrdskynyrd.com

Pick of the Week, Forgetful Jones

This week we selected a pick from the band Forgetful Jones . They are a really cool band from Boston that plays a eclectic style of Hard Rock, Funk, Reggae, and Blues. They are quoted as their music being a “reflection of their individual and collective struggles, trials and triumphs”  Their music is influenced by legendary artists which include James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers.  Their pick is printed on our white delrin .80mm material. We love this pick, because it really shows how detailed we can get with our printing.  All of those little tiny circles really came out crisp and clean. We also love the red and black combo. It is great pick that really gets the bands name out to their fans.  You can find out more about the band Forgetful Jones on their myspace page at: http://www.myspace.com/fjrock. If you are in the  Massachusetts area please be sure to check this band out!