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ZZ-Zinc-redible!

Looking for a premium pick that will stand the test of time? ZZ-Zinc picks are a new Clayton item that was added to our product line this year! These picks are crafted out of genuine Zinc alloy metal. They are made for producing tones that are clear and high, along with punchy bass and unprecedented volume, due to their heavy mass/metal composition. These picks are popular amongst electric, acoustic and bass guitarists alike. To help maintain grip on the picks and prevent slipping since they are metal, we have added a matte finish and a reversed embedded epoxy logo. These are heavy-duty picks that are designed to last throughout years of guitar playing! They are available in both a 1.0mm and 2.0mm gauge. To order your own ZZ-Zinc premium picks, visit http://www.steveclayton.com/premium.php today!

Last Day for 10% Off!!

Clayton customers! Today is the last day to order custom guitar picks and still get a 10% discount on your order! Just visit www.claytoncustom.com to design and order your custom picks. When the site prompts you to enter in a Promo code, use SIZL9 to automatically have your discount applied! You can order any time before 11:59 PM central time this evening (6/11) to take advantage of this offer. Also, custom guitar picks make the perfect Father’s Day gift, and it’s not too late to order them to have in time for the 17th! Don’t delay though, because time is running out!

Summer Sale Starts!!

Hello Clayton Fans! This is a shout-out that our summer sale on custom guitar picks starts today, 6/4! Order custom guitar picks anytime between now and June 11th to receive a 10% discount off of your entire order! Also, we are now offering free standard shipping for orders of picks under 400 quantity. To receive your discount, visit www.claytoncustom.com to design and order your custom picks. When the website prompts you for a Promo Code, enter in the code  SIZL9 and the discount will automatically be applied to the final price. Don’t delay; this special only lasts for a week and it is the perfect time to order a Father’s Day gift!!

Only One Day Left!!!

Attention Clayton Customers!! Today is the last day to order custom picks during our Spring Sale! Right now, we are offering a 15% discount on any order of custom guitar picks placed on our website at www.claytoncustom.com!! This sales ends at 11:59pm Central Standard Time tonight! To use your discount, visit claytoncustom.com to create your custom pick design. Then, you can order your picks directly from the site! During the online order process, you will be prompted to enter a promotional code. To receive the 15% discount, use the code APR12. Be sure to use all capital letters and no spaces when entering in the code. Place your order today!!! Also, be sure to check out our custom drumsticks that we now offer, at http://www.claytoncustom.com/drumsticks/!!

Don’t Miss Out On Our Spring Sale!!

Attention Clayton Customers!! Only five days left for our Spring Sale! Right now, we are offering a 15% discount on any order of custom guitar picks placed on our website at www.claytoncustom.com!! This sale goes through this coming Monday, the 23rd of April. To use your discount, visit claytoncustom.com to create your custom pick design. Then, you can order your picks directly from the site! During the online order process, you will be prompted to enter a promotional code. To receive the 15% discount, use the code APR12. Be sure to use all capital letters and no spaces when entering in the code. Remember, this code will expire at 11:59pm central time on the 23rd, so don’t delay! Also, be sure to check out our custom drumsticks that we now offer, at http://www.claytoncustom.com/drumsticks/!!

Last Day for 14% Off!

Attention Clayton customers! Today is the last day of our Valentine’s Day sale on custom guitar picks! Place an order with us today to receive 14% off of your entire order! Custom picks start as low as $24.99. To start designing your custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com. You can choose your pick material, the shape, the gauge and various print options. You can then create your design using our web-based design interface. You can add text, images from our library, or upload your own images to the guitar pick template. Once your design is complete, you can order your custom picks directly from our site as well! When prompted for a promo code, use LOVE14 to receive your Valentine’s Day discount!

Rock the Romance

Having trouble with figuring out the perfect gift for your Valentine this year? Custom guitar picks make a great gift that is both functional and has that personal touch. To design your custom picks visit www.claytoncustom.com today. We offer guitar picks in the classic Valentines pink, purple, and red colors, or you can use one of our more basic pick types like white pearl. They can be customized with names, dates, and all those clever music/romantic graphics like the one shown on the guitar pick here. They are the perfect present solution for your special someone who also happens to be a rockstar! Hurry up…we make our picks really fast but time is starting to run out!

Holiday Picks

19 days and counting…do you have the perfect gift for the guitar player in your family? Custom guitar picks make a wonderful holiday present! All of our custom guitar pick materials are professional grade and are the favorites of many musicians. With custom printing, you can add that personal touch that makes them really special. Custom picks can also be a great item for holiday advertising, like the pick shown in the image here. Be on the lookout, because we are running two more holiday sale specials before the 25th, so you can still get discounts on your order. Time is running out, so hurry and order soon! Create and order your custom guitar picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Last Day!! Thanksgiving Sale, 15% off

Attention Clayton Customers! Today is the last day of our Thanksgiving Sale. We are offering 15% off all of our custom guitar pick items. To place your order, visit www.claytoncustom.com. You will be directed through an online design interface that will allow you to create your custom pick design, and then you may order your custom picks directly from our site. You will be prompted to put a discount code in for your order, and all you need to do is type in THANX15 to receive your 15% discount. Be sure to use all capital letters and no spaces when entering your code. This is a great time to order custom picks as a holiday gift, so don’t wait!

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!

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!!

Love Your Custom Picks on Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and the time to order custom guitar picks for the occasion is now. Maybe you are trying to find the perfect gift for that guitar-player in your life? Personalized picks are both useful and special. Other uses for custom picks could be at a Valentine’s Day party, or as give-aways for a V-Day concert. Shown here are some examples of custom picks that some of our customers have created. This image includes a white pearl pick with full color design, an acetal rounded triangle pick with bass clefs used to create a heart, a red delrin pick, and a pink colored pearl pick. Hopefully, these picks will give you some ideas to get started on your own romantic designs. Create your custom design today at www.claytoncustom.com!

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.

Wedding Picks

Here at Clayton, Inc. we have noticed that many people choose Clayton custom picks to add a little flare to their wedding receptions. Some picks simply include the name of the couple and

the date, while others choose to add matrimonial graphics. We even have a special section in our online custom designer that has images specifically for wedding picks. More durable than anything printed on paper, the custom wedding picks are the perfect favors to give out that will help your guests remember your special day. Shown here are a few examples of the wedding

picks that we love, printed on white delrin and acetal. Also, our own employee Rob chose to design picks for his brother’s wedding (shown at right on light blue pearl)and he says that his brother and sister-in-law

both loved the picks and appreciated the originality of the idea. If you are looking for a fun addition to your wedding, consider custom picks from Clayton!

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).

Clayton Custom Pick of the Week!

Here at Clayton, Inc, we have decided to feature a custom pick each week from now forward! We think this is a great way to showcase many of the great picks we make for bands every day.  Keep checking in each week to see a new featured pick and band from us.

This week we selected a pick we made for the Nancy Kenyon Band.  We loved how colorful and detailed this pick turned out on our white delrin .80mm material. It is a great example that shows what amazing detail and color we can produce onto a guitar pick.  We also enhanced this pick by using glossy ink to really make the graphic “pop” on the pick. We had a great time learning more about Nancy Kenyon and her high energy female country style.   She has been doing acoustic style shows for over 15 years! Now within the past few years she has a full band and is starting to do big venues. Her next notable show will be at Jillian’s in Albany, NY, which will be an after party for Carrie Underwood’s Albany concert.  It begins at 11pm if any of you are interested in seeing this amazing band! To find out more about the Nancy Kenyon Band Please visit: www.myspace.com/nancykenyon

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.

Angry Shadow

Fans be sure to check out the new endorsed artist Angry Shadow.  Here is a clip for you to enjoy .  While I checked out the bands website I found one video you’ll have to see for yourself called “The Eruption by Bryan G. Jackasski”   We are happy to support them with our unique custom picks.  I was very happy with how well the Angry Shadow’s picks came out.  You can find out more band info with their website AngryShadow.com.


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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.

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!

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

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.

Giving back to our community

We just donated several custom picks to a local business called Dasil, they are a Community Drop-In Center for people with disabilities,dashil the homeless, and those struggling with poverty and is a non-profit organization. They recently approached us for a donation of custom picks to use as their business cards for the Project Homeless Connect 2009 event on June 5th. We agreed to give them several picks, which you can see in the scan. They actually requested that we put our logo on the picks which was kind of them :). The Project will be providing many services such as medical/dental screenings, hygiene products, meals, childcare, vision screening, employment counseling, mental health screening, financial conseling, clothing, domestic violence services, haircuts, sleeping bags/blankets as well as several more. We are proud to have our picks featured in this amazing event in our community and hope it helps people find their way to Dasil or other organizations like it.

All Subscribers to our Blog have a Chance to Win 100 Free Custom Picks

We wanted to let all of our blog subscribers know that during each of the months of May, June and July, we will randomly select one subscriber that will win 100 free custom picks of their choice.  Winners can create any 100 picks up to a $75 value!  Make sure to subscribe to our blog feed by clicking on the “orange Entries (RSS) button” in the upper right corner of our blog.  Or you can click here: Subscribe to the Clayton Blog. The winner’s guitar pick will be showcased on the blog once it is printed and shipped.  Good luck to all of our blog subscribers!pick_variety

10% off Through April 30th

In case you missed out on our newsletter, we are currently offering a 10% discount custom orders placed through April 30th.blog1 Just use the promotional code APRL09 to get 10% when checking out. This week we’ve had quite a variety of different custom picks. Here are few we did this week. We’ve been making the Helmet guitar picks for guitarist Page Hamilton for years now on our Acetal Rounded Triangle 1.52 and he just recently ordered more. The brighter colors that were printed on the pearl really look amazing and stand on out well even though the pick itself is so colorful. If you are looking to have a bright color printed we would suggest getting the pearl as the colors almost always turn out looking amazing on this pick. It really shows that black isn’t the only color that looks good on the pearl :). I actually spoke to the customer who ordered the pirate pick and we had a hard time choosing between Acetal or White Delrin. After discussing the differences between the two he chose White Delrin, and I couldn’t agree more with his decision. It turned out stunning! The sketch of the couple is also imprinted on White Delrin.