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Only Four More Days!!!

Attention Clayton customers! We are running an awesome deal right now, and it won’t last! If you order custom guitar picks any time between now and the 20th of June, you will not only receive free shipping on your order, but you will also get a free pack of our awesome Duraplex picks! All you need to do is create and order your custom designed guitar picks at www.claytoncustom.com. Enter in the code FREE when the site prompts you to use a promo code. Also, if you want to get just Duraplex picks, they are currently on sale through Musician’s Friend for only $1.99 for a dozen!! Includes free shipping without a minimum! Place your order today at www.MusiciansFriend.com. Remember the Clayton free shipping and free Duraplex offer will end this coming Monday, June 20th, so start designing your picks today!!

Free Shipping! Two Days Only!

Ok Clayton fans, this is the last special sale of the Holiday Season! Today and tomorrow only, we are offering free shipping on all orders of custom guitar picks. This promotion applies to any order placed within the United States, using standard or priority shipping. All you have to do is place your order for your custom designed picks on our website at www.claytoncustom.com. When going through the ordering process, you will see a prompt to apply a shipping discount code. If you enter in the word Free, you will receive free shipping on your order!! This promotion ends on Tuesday, December 14, so your order will need to be placed before midnight, central time, to be able to use the discount. And hurry, because now is the time to order for the holidays if you have not already! The following are the last days that orders can be placed in order to reach you before Christmas, according to the type of shipping you choose:

Parcel Post: 12/15/10

Priority Mail: 12/16/10

UPS Second-Day: 12/20/10

UPS Overnight: 12/21/10

So start designing today, and don’t forget to review the above schedule before choosing your shipping method! Happy holidays from Clayton!

Clayton Custom Christmas Sale!!

Are you ready to order some custom picks for the holidays? It goes without saying that custom guitar picks can make wonderful gifts. Our professional quality picks can be custom printed with anything from names to photos, and quotes to logos. For the musician in your family, custom guitar picks are a unique gift that is both personal and serves a practical use! And now is the best time to order, since we have just started our Clayton Custom Pick Christmas Sale for 15% off your order! This sale starts today, December 6th, and continues through this Thursday, December 9th. If you have ordered picks from us in the past, you probably received our e-mail blast with the discount code… but in case you didn’t it is XMAS10. When you place your order online, all you have to do is enter that code (all capital letters, no spaces) when prompted to automatically get a 15% discount on your order! So visit www.claytoncustom.com to start creating your custom pick design today!

Holiday Picks!!

The holidays are just around the corner, and we have already started getting some custom holiday pick designs submitted by our customers! Shown here is a fun “Happy Holidays” pick design, with a snowman playing guitar on it. Picks like these are great to use for parties, promotional events, or special holiday concerts. This particular design is on our acetal pick material, which is semi-transparent white in color and has a really nice non-slip surface. We have many pick varieties, shapes and gauges available for making custom designs, and you can check them all out at www.claytoncustom.com. We also want to remind you that the month of December is our busiest time, so if you are wanting to order custom guitar picks to have in time for the holiday season, it is always best to place your order sooner than later!! Also, be on the lookout for e-mail web blasts with discount codes, because we have two more promotions coming up this month! Happy holidays, and happy designing from Clayton!

Cover Art

Are you wanting to design some custom picks, but don’t know what to put on them? If you have recorded an album of your music, simply putting your album art on your guitar pick can be a great option! Shown in the images below are examples of some picks that have album artwork on the front side of the pick. As you can see, they have turned out wonderfully. They all have a lot of color and detail, but it all shows up well on the pick. These can be a great give-away for fans too! All of these designs were put on our acetal pick material. Acetal is semi-transparent white, and is the best material for complex art like the album art show in this image, and is also great for photos. Acetal is known for being a high-grade, professional pick material that is resistant to slipping, so your cover art picks will also be great to play with! Design your custom guitar picks using album artwork today at www.claytocustom.com!

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!

Advertise with Custom Picks!

The most common use for custom guitar picks is for band logos or artist names. People choose to order custom picks because they are either solo guitar players and like personalized picks, or they are part of a band and want something to give out to fans.  But custom guitar picks can also be a great promotional tool. They are more durable than business cards, and people are more likely to keep them because they are an innovate way to promote yourself or your company. Shown in this image are examples of companies that have created designs for custom guitar picks. One is for a burger bar, one is for a properties management company, and the third is is for a university (their campus activities board). As you can see, your company does not even have to be related to the music industry for guitar picks to be a worthwhile means of marketing. If you are looking for a new way to advertise that is creative, check out our custom design page today! www.claytoncustom.com

Beauty Picks

Clayton custom guitar picks can be used as promotional items for many types of businesses. We have seen custom designs created for coffee shops, electronics stores, and tattoo parlors. Today, we wanted to feature these designs created for beauty salons! These are some cute, very feminine designs that are great for use on promotional custom guitar picks. Many beauty salons are looking for a way to give themselves differentiation in a competitive industry, and often the best way to do so is to give the business an “edge.” After all, people want to go to salons that are up-to-date with current trends. Custom picks are a great item to use in place of business cards for salons that want to stay trendy. The picks shown here are both two-sided designs, so they allow for text and graphics. Both designs were created for our white delrin picks, which make the red colors really pop out well. Here at Clayton, we love to see all the different ways in which customers us our picks, and we think that this is a great idea! If you have a salon or beauty supply business, or another type of business that you think would benefit from custom guitar picks as a promotional item, visit our website to create your custom design today! Clayton Custom Site

Pick of the Week, El Cheapo

El Cheapo is a rock & roll cover band from Atlanta, GA fronted by “Stuff You Should Know” podcast host Chuck Bryant. They’ve been known to tear apart a basement or two and wake the neighbors in the name of a good time. After years of working day jobs, getting married and having babies, the band formed in 2007 under the original name The Cox Project. After toiling away for a year without a rhythm section, lead guitarist Eddie Cooper, bassist Chris Cox and Bryant landed a score in drummer Jim Issa, and El Cheapo was born.

The guys use Fender and Gibson guitars and amps, and Tama drums. Their original Steve Clayton pick was inspired by their loud, fast and nasty brand of rock & roll, and love of cheap beer. They can be found in various basements playing for their pet dogs, or rocking the house of 40th birthday parties around Atlanta.

Spring Advertising

We have noticed here at Steve Clayton, Inc. that many people choose to use customized picks in lieu of business cards as a means of advertising their companies. These are some of the recent designs we have picked out because we think they are appealing and really work well on our picks. As you can see, custom picks can be used for any kind of business…not just businesses that are involved in music. The Coffee House pick is the first coffee business pick that we have seen in a while, but the design turned out great and it is an innovative way to get customers to remember the name of your business! So, if you are looking for a new means of marketing for your company, you should give Clayton Custom a try at www.claytoncustom.com!

15% off all Custom Pick orders through March 18th!

We are offering 15% off all custom pick orders though March 18th! Now is the time to place your fisrt order, or place a re-order on our amazing picks! Use code LUCKY15 during check-out.

*15% off applies to only online orders of Clayton Custom Guitar Picks. To recieve 15% off of your order, enter promo code LUCKY15 in the promotion code box in your shopping cart during checkout. Discount will be reflected in checkout. Does not apply to previous purchases or Gift Card purchases, and can not be combined with any other discount offer. Offer expires 3/18/10 at 11:59 p.m. (Central).

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

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/

How long was that line???

I have been asked so many times how long our line was at NAMM to meet Kyle Gass.  We do know that it spanned a couple of isles and was extremly long. We were lucky enough to recently obtain some video footage that shows at least half of the length of the line. The other half of the line goes to the right, and was broken up in order to allow traffic to flow by. Click on the picture below to view the Quicktime movie.

Cirque du Soleil – Chris Angel and Viva Elvis Pick Necklaces

We just got done doing a large pick necklace order for both Cirque du Soleil Chris Angel and Viva Elvis.  These are both amazing shows, so next time you are in Vegas make sure to check them out!

Below are descriptions of each of the shows:

“Viva ELVIS®, a harmonious fusion of dance, acrobatics and live music, is a tribute to the life and music of Elvis Presley. Nostalgia, modernity and raw emotion provide the backdrop for his immortal voice and the exhilaration and beauty of his music.” Click to visit the Viva Elvis Site

“CRISS ANGEL® Believe™ will be a haunting exploration deep inside the inventive mind of mystifier Criss Angel as he hovers between the land of the living and a surreal world uniquely woven together by the distinctive imaginations of Criss Angel and Cirque du Soleil.” Click to visit the Chris Angel Believe Site

DHL & Cricket

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

James Otto’s New Picks

We just got finished with an order for James Otto. He went with a completely different design since he has a new single and album coming out. The new design looks great! james_ottoI just went over to his myspace to check out his new single, “Since you brought it up”. Like his other songs this one is great, and the lyrics rock! I especially liked the chorus, it’s pretty catchy. Jame’s personally uses our Acetal, Rounded Triangle, 1mm picks. If you haven’t had a chance to here his new single yet it is definently worth checking out (available on his myspace, linked above)! Also, his myspace has a list of all his upcoming shows if your interested in checking him out live.

Custom Pick – Vault Energy Drink

vault1“For guy’s who get it done. And then some.” – The first catchy phrase off their website and commercials. I’m sure you’ve all seenvault_drink2 the hilarious wakeboard challenge but if you haven’t check it out at their website below! We just recently made picks for them on our Promotional Material. This material is perfect for full color imprints with an overbleed such as theirs. Personally, I prefer the more girly flavor of Red Blitz, but their citrus flavor seems to be the most popular.

Vault Wesbite w/ Wakeboard Challenge

Custom Pick – Cricket

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We have been making guitar picks for the company Cricket for several years now. Cricket provides wireless services to about 4 million customers in the United States. They are best knows for their flat rate billing methods for cellular phone use. We just got done with a project with them, so we wanted to show you the beautiful results. This year they went with new artwork, and it really is stunning. This pick is printed on our white promotional material, with jet black ink going all the way to the edge of the pick. Colorful dots form around their signature “K” logo. It was great to work with them again, and we look forward to working with them in the future!