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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!

New endorsed band “Kauze” to hit the scene

Formed in 2005 the band Kauze is a heavy-metal band located in Southern California.  They enjoy using our acetal picks and are big fans of our picks.  They created a debut EP titled “Waiting for the Punch” released in 2006.  They just had their latest EP release “Epiphany.”  The new EP was supported during their 2009 tour and have up coming shows for 2010. Kauze likes to say they sound like old-school hardcore punk and metal.  We look forward to supporting the band and hope the best for them this year.  You can find out more info on the band at www.myspace.com/kauzetunes

Pick of the Week, Todd Simpson and Mojo Child

This week we selected a good example of a pick on our Ultem material. We love this pick, because it uses all kind of different shades of brown on it.  Ultem can only be imprinted with either brown, red or black. These colors look best with its Amber hue.  Todd Simpson is a very accomplished musician.  He has shared the state with the Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker, Huey Lewis,Paul Thorn and Phil Lesh and friends. Todd plays blues combined with a southern rock vibe.  He even recently preformed at the Whiskey A Go Go in L.A.  For more information on Todd and his high energy band check out the website: www.toddsimpsonandmojochild.com.

John Konesky in the spotlight with Clayton

We are excited to announce the new signed artist John Konesky!   Konesky is the guitarist for Tenacious D and also the band Trainwreck. Trainwreck was so impressed with Konesky’s guitar skills and his character that they wrote a song about his talent.  Tenacious D also referred to him as the antichrist because of his shredding abilities on the guitar.

Konesky has also co-wrote a song on Guitar Hero III called “The Metal.” He also appears on  Tenacious D’s 2008 concert video and their documentary titled, “The Complete Master Works 2.”  He has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Saturday Night Live, and the American Music Awards 2006.  John currently uses our Acetal .80mm.

We are all looking forward to hearing more of John’s performances rocking through the 2010 year!  Be sure to check back for information regarding our endorsed artists and more on John Konesky.

www.johnkonesky.com

www.trainwreckingwithkg.com

Hot Stamp Foil Picks

Clayton fans have you tried our new hot stamp foil picks?  Just below to the right you’ll notice I have shared some of the styles people have come up with recently. What makes the picks unique is the foil provides a shiny look that catches the eye. There are many colors to choose from for the picks. For the foil color options you may choose our popular silver, gold, red, or purple foil. The hot stamp foil picks are definitely a popular item because of the sleek looking material and bright foil. The hot stamp foil picks take generally 4-6 weeks to produce, but when finished you’ll see the amazing quality! If you would like to learn more about our custom picks give us a call at 877.752.9484

Eric Church 2010 Tour Picks

Eric Church is one of our endorsed artists and we just wanted to let you know he is one of country’s hardest working artists. We could say working a little bit too hard after last fall.   While performing in New York, he was stomping so hard on stage that he hurt his ankle. He still finished the show and is ready to set the stage for his 2010 tour with our Clayton custom picks. Here are the picks you might get at one of his shows if you’re lucky. He’s already sold out for this Thursday’s show at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville.  Church’s picks are the white pearl rounded triangle with the gauge at 1mm.  The white delrin 1mm standard pick is another choice for Church. He has a top 10 hit with his song “Love Your Love the Most,”
one of his songs on his new Carolina album. Another big hit on the album is “Hell On the Heart.” Eric is a rising star that we are excited to follow this year. We look forward to supporting Eric Church during his 2010 tour.

If you are an artist that is also interested in becoming endorsed by us, you may mail us information regarding record label, band picture, tour schedule, and type of Clayton picks you use. There is a full list of information you can find through our contact information on our Steve Clayton website. Any questions you have for us you may email to questions@steveclayton.com.

York Region Transit

We shipped out a whole lot of picks today for York Region Transit, which is a transportation system up in Canada.  They are holding a contest that supports their local bands. Which we thought was so cool of them to do within their community.   The pick material is a custom blue color to match their logo. We do a lot of custom pick material coloring for our large clients.  To learn more about the contest go to their site at: http://www.yorkregiontransit.com/

Our Employee of the Month – Juana

We wanted to share with everyone that our employee of the month for February is Juana!!!  Juana is one of our employees that we employ in factory with a developmental disability. One of our goals as a company is to give back to society, and we do this by providing jobs for individuals in our community that have disabilities.  For over 20 years continuously we have employed disabled individuals in the production of our products.  We average about 25 of these individuals at at time. With about a quarter of them working on location in our factory.  Everyone loves having Juana around! She always is friendly and is quick to make everyone smile.  Juana was awarded a custom pick necklace with her name on it for being a super star in our packaging department!

Miss Ida Ljungqvist Signs at NAMM for Clayton

The Playmate of the Year Miss Ida Ljungqvist was in full bunny costume signing autographs and handing out picks with her signature on them at NAMM 2010 for us.  She had a very long line of fans waiting to get her autograph!  To see the whole line of Playboy products please check out our website at: www.playboyguitars.com.

Pictures of our NAMM booth

We have been getting lots of requests to put up pictures of our 2010 NAMM booth. I finally got around to getting them on here.  We had a double decker booth this year with a lounge at the top.  In addition we had 2 sound proof offices to conduct meetings in. As anyone who has ever been to NAMM knows, it is very loud! Without the sound proof rooms it can be quite impossible to get any business done, especially in Hall C were we are located.

Moe’s Southwest Grill Picks, Mmmmm!

We made a ton of picks for the yummy Moe’s Southwest Grill last week. I am a little late on this post as we made them and shipped them while I was at NAMM.  Moe’s had a really tight deadline, but we got them off to them on time! One of our specialties is making very tight deadlines. These picks were make to promote their www.beadeadringer.com site. Moe’s is holding a contest to forever be immortalized on their walls.  If you look like a rock star then you can win! So check out the site and submit your photo! If you really like their picks you can buy some of them from the merchandise section of their website along with some t-shirts!

A Perfect Pair!

Red and Black always seem to turn out flawless together. redblackThese are some that we just imprinted this week. This combination is one of the most popular color schemes that we imprint. The Cherry and IRAL pick is a good example of what kind of coverage of solid black we can imprint. We often get many orders with a solid black background and just a name or small logo on it. We usually do not accept this for imprinting because it tends to not turn out quite so well and with past orders we had complaints about the outcome. Now we recommend that you do not imprint the pick with more then 50% coverage of a single solid color. The way the IRAL pick uses a large white imprint and some red with the black  we were able to print it flawlessly. The Cherries use a little more black, but as you can see put together it’s not more then 50% coverage so it turned out well too. If you are looking for a black background, we would really suggest getting our Black Raven picks instead. Speaking of black raven we should have included a scan of one with red on it. The red and white really look great on our Black Raven. You can check out examples of this on an older post of mine named Black Raven.

Colored Pearl

coloredpearlLooking for a pick that is a specific color? We can help! We offer Color Pearl in almost every color imaginable. We have a color chart on our designer that allows you to choose from 256 colors. Here are examples of some color pearl we did this week. These picks take 4-6 weeks for production. Because these picks are already so colorful the imprint color is black ink only. It stands out on just about every color. We often get asked if we can do a black pearl pick. We do not have black pearl but we can do a very dark gray. The color pearl picks are made out of the same premium celluloid material as our White Pearl picks. It is available in Standard, and Rounded Triangle shape in 6 gauges. This pick truly is an all around custom pick!

Shotgun Riot

Glasstone Records sent us press kit a few months back, we are in the process of endorsing several of their bands. shotgunYou should have seen the stack of contracts I had to sign, my hand was aching at the end of it! :).  When we get them all back I will take a picture with them all so you can see why, haha. We just got the first contracts back from Neil, Tom and Adam of Shotgun Riot. I think this is out first hardcore punk endorsee. They definently have a real gritty hardcore sound to them that any deep rock fan can appreciate. I normally don’t listen to the more hardcore stuff but you actually hear what these guys are saying so it is enjoyable and not so tough on the ears. Definently a band you would have to turn up to the max to get the full effect of. This band is located in London, UK. Check out their myspace to sample their music. Also, look out for more posts soon about Glasstone Records and new bands to be endorsed.

Black Raven

black_ravenThe Black Raven custom picks have become so popular! Here is a few that we ran this week and wanted to share with you. We can imprint white and full color imprints on the Black Raven. Of course white imprints the best on black, however, don’t hesistate to try other colors! Red and White really stand out on the Black Raven because they are brighter colors and look great together. We don’t really suggest designs with very fine detailing however you can always ask if you are unsure if it would turn out or not. Colors like purple, red, bright green, and dark orange or yellow really look best on this pick. It’s usually best to use a design that has solid colors in it rather than a gradient or excessive shading in it.  We have it available in the traditional sizes of thin, medium and heavy.

Welcome to our New Blog!

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

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