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Rewards for buying picks!

Did you know you can earn rewards on all our stock products when you purchase them at www.steveclaytonstore.com? You can use your reward points earned toward future purchases! The Clayton loyalty reward Points is a way to reward our valued customers. So how do you earn points on your purchases? First, register as a customer on steveclaytonstore.com and you will automatically be enrolled in our program! Then, buy great guitar gear from steveclaytonstore.com and you will earn 1 point for each $1 spent. Just make sure that you log in to your Oompa account during the checkout process so we’ll know where to credit the points! And how do you redeem the points? To redeem your points, log in to your steveclaytonstore.com account. Your rewards points accumulated will show on the initial screen. Points can be redeemed for their worth off your next order! It is that simple! And don’t forget you can get free shipping off your order with a purchase of $35+!

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David Miller

Products Used: Clayton Custom White Derlin 1mm Voodoo Highway picks, Heavy Wall Glass Slide – Medium & 3.5″ Black Soft Leather Strap

“Steve Clayton Picks last, look great and perform the way I need from aggressive to subtle, they deliver!”

Guitarist/Vocalist David Miller has played guitar for 41 years, 30 of those professionally. Raised on classic rock, hard rock, country and blues, David’s style is both aggressive and versatile. David currently plays guitar for the hard rock band Kleverkill as well as fronting his solo project called David Miller & Stones Throw, where he handles all guitars as well as lead vocals. Kleverkill released a 4 song E.P. and a video for the song “New Life” in January of 2016. The band plans a new release sometime during winter of 2016. David Miller & Stones Throw will record in the winter of 2016 as well. David has also recorded and performed with the bands Bad Influence & Voodoo Highway. He has also recorded with EDM Artist KEEZ, Steven Michael Hartwell and 4Dub.

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Here are some cool new custom guitar picks ordered by one of our customers! :

JEFFLATHAM

These picks were made on our classic Ultem material. Ultem picks are known for best resembling the sound quality of a true tortoiseshell pick without being actually made from tortoiseshell. They are light tan/gold in color, and they work great with brown and black designs like the one shown. The shape of these picks is rounded triangle, which is a popular choice amongst bassists. To order your own ultem picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Spiketastic

Are you looking for the quality of pick that you have come to expect from the Clayton brand, but with some extra attack for those speed riffs? Look no further than our Clayton USA Spike series. Available in 3 different shapes and 3 different gauges, these picks possess extra sharp edges and pointed tips that will allow you to get that killer attack you’ve been dying to unleash. Also, the Spikes are made out of the same pick material as our Ultem Gold series, so that you know they have the strength to stand the test of time, even after endless nights of hard-core rocking out. To order your Spike picks, visit http://www.steveclayton.com/spike.php today!

Pick of the Week — Woody Wright

Playing guitar since 1964, Woody discovered his love for musical performance at a very young age. So far, he has played with a variety of groups within several genres of music, but has more recently stuck to Gospel.  Since the fall of 2001, Woody has enjoyed occasionally touring with the Gaither Homecoming Concert crew. He says that it is such a joy to see the large arenas full of Gospel fans from coast to coast, and on other coasts! “The Homecoming Cruises have been phenomenal, and the London/Ireland trip was a blast.”

Woody writes about his current performances:

   “From my first note of Will the Circle Be Unbroken at the Atlanta Homecoming to singing Because He Lives at the empty tomb in Jerusalem to hearing the fans in Johanesburg, South Africa call us all by our first names, being a Homecoming Friend has been an honor and a rare blessing. Plus, all the ladies in my Mother’s Sunday School class get to say ‘Betty, I saw Woody on TV last night!'”

To learn more about Woody’s extensive musical journey, visit his site at www.woodywright.net.

Woody’s picks were made on our ultem pick material. Ultem picks are known for producing a sound quality closest to a true tortoiseshell pick. Ultem picks can be printed with brown, black or red ink, and Woody made excellent use of all colors in his custom design. Order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Find your Fav!

Are you interested in getting some Clayton professional-quality guitar picks, but are unsure of what style will best suit your needs? Try out our Clayton Variety pack! This pack sells for a low $1.99, and includes six of our most popular guitar picks; Acetal, Ultem, Duraplex, S-Stone, Frostbyte, and Cork Grip. Each pick given is a different gauge, so you can also figure out the thickness of guitar pick that you like the most. In addition, the ultem pick that is included in the variety pack is a rounded triangle shape, in case you decide that the oversized pick is preferential to the standard shape. Three of the materials in the pack are picks that we also offer for customization- the acetal, ultem and Duraplex (also called colored delrin) so if you might want to order custom printed guitar picks, you will know which pick you like best for that! To order your Clayton Pick Variety Pack, visit http://www.steveclayton.com/variety.php today!

New Variety Pack

Whether you are new to the world of guitar  playing, or you are just looking for a change in your guitar pick, the Clayton Variety Pack is a great option to try out our different materials! With the start of 2012, we added the Variety Pack to our line, and we encourage you to check it out! For just $1.99 plus shipping, you can try six of our different most popular pick materials, including one each of Acetal, Ultem, Duraplex, Cork Grip, Frost Byte, and S-Stone. They also are given in a variety of gauges, so that you can determine the thickness of pick that best suits your guitar playing needs! Order today at http://www.steveclayton.com/variety.php. If you are more interested in our custom guitar pick picks, but are also unsure of what type of pick you would like, you can order your sample set of five picks for $5 (includes picks and shipping) by calling 1-877-752-9484. 

Pick of the Week — The Trailerhood (Brian Grilli)

Brian Grilli is one of the most up-and-coming artists on the east coast. Born in Chicago, IL, he began his studies of guitar at age 8. Over the years, Brian has studied with some of the luminaries of the guitar world including Doug Seven, Ernie Inucci, Mark Dunn, among others.
Brian has had success in the USA in the band Rumble Fish with a top College Radio single “Want You Around” and International acclaim with The Glory Hounds with a Number One song “Pornstar” in Spain and Portugal.
He also has had Indie critical acclaim for The Glory Hounds album “Sex-A-Go-Go” and has been featured in publications such as Spin, Guitar World, Amplifier, Nine Volt, among others.
Brian and his latest endeavour The Trailerhood have been quickly becoming an East Coast favorite. Playing over 150 shows in their first year and opening for acts such as Danny Gokey and Sarah Darling. They are set to record their debut album in July 2012. Find out more about The Trailerhood at http://www.thetrailerhoodband.com/.
Brian is a proud endorser of Steve Clayton Picks and Accessories! Brian’s picks were made on our ultem material, which looks really nice with the black and red Trailerhood logo. If you would like to create your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Ultem-ate

Ultem material guitar picks are the ultimate in quality! Even on dull strings, these picks are sure to create crisp, clean tones. The sound of these picks is meant to resemble that of true tortoiseshell picks, but, unlike real tortoiseshell, they are not susceptible to fractures. These are some of the strongest picks on the market, and you will be sure to love the bright sounds that they produce! They are available in eight different gauges. They are tan in color, and available with the Clayton eagle logo in white epoxy (http://www.steveclayton.com/ultem.php), or for customization (http://www.claytoncustom.com)! They are also offered in three different shapes including standard, rounded triangle, and small teardrop. 

Pick of the Week – Stephanie & THREE

We have a really cool picks and a really cool band this week! This lovely pick is by the band Stephanie & THREE, which is local to Clayton, Inc. here in Southern Oregon. I love the shades of pink on the pick, and the design is just way to cool! Stephanie & THREE is an aggressive Rock ‘n’ Power-Pop Trio, that plays in clubs and venues throughout the Northwest.  We always love seeing local bands being successful. I posted a video below so that you can really see how awesome this band is!  Make sure to check out their website to find out where you can catch their next performance. www.threemusic.net

Teardrop Picks

This week, we wanted to draw some attention to our custom teardrop shaped picks. Many of our custom pick materials are available in three different shapes; rounded triangle, standard, and small teardrop. We often have customers request picks that are best for playing jazz music, and teardrop should be the first choice!  The small size offers a quick response when playing, and the slightly rounded tip will provide a warm tone. We have this shape available in a variety of materials, including ultem, acetal and colored delrin (several gauges available as well). Despite the smaller size of the teardrop shaped picks, we have had some great designs submitted to go on the picks. Shown here are examples of small teardrop custom designs on each of the materials offered. Left to right in the image, the materials are acetal, ultem and orange colored delrin. Design your teardrop pick today at www.claytoncsutom.com!

Themed Picks

Sometimes, one type of custom pick just isn’t enough. Steve Clayton, Inc. customers often choose to order several different varieties of custom picks with the same, or similar, designs.  Shown in this image are examples of guitar picks that have been ordered in sets so that there was not a limitation of one pick type. The first set of picks in the image has three different animation designs, printed in different colors on white pearl, ultem and orange delrin picks. They customer even tried different shapes…using standard and small teardrop. The second set is a great example for advertising because they used the same face with different hairstyles on different colors of our colored delrin picks. The third set was done on our red delrin and ultem picks which look really nice together because of the color continuity. For the fourth set of picks, the customer submitted a cute autumn leaf design and had it done on our green and orange delrin picks, which are perfect for the fall season! Themed picks can also be a great option for a band, because then each band member can choose the pick material, gauge, and shape that he or she wants and  have the same logo on all of the picks. Or, you can get the same pick with the band logo, and have different band member names on each set. So, don’t limit yourself to just one type of custom guitar pick…order several! We can always give you a combined shipping for your orders as well 😉 Happy desigining! www.claytoncustom.com

Wedding Bells Ring on 10-10-10

We had to write a blog about this, because we have noticed that, lately, we have received numerous custom guitar pick orders for weddings that are on October 10, 2010. We have already discovered that custom guitar picks can be a very popular idea for use in weddings, and now we have even more wedding pick orders for this special date that is approaching! If you are planning a 10/10/10 wedding, or a wedding on any date in the near future, you should consider adding custom guitar picks to your planning. They can be used in save-the-dates, invitations, as favors for guests, as part of the decorations….you name it! Shown here are a couple of examples of some of the designs that we have gotten lately. We especially like the design for the ultem pick (on the right), because ultem is not a commonly chosen material for weddings, but this design looks awesome! The tan color of the ultem picks are great for weddings in autumn. They can support designs with red, brown, or black colors, so if these colors are in your wedding scheme, give ultems a try! Design your custom wedding guitar picks today at www.claytoncustom.com.

Brown is the new Black!

Looking to add some variety and warmth to your custom guitar picks? Try switching your design color to brown! Lately we have noticed some very nice brown designs being submitted by our customers, and we wanted to show them off. If you are creating a custom design for our colored picks, you are limited to using black only, but if you are working with any of our white picks, or our ultems, you are open to a whole new set of color choices! Shown in the image here are a white delrin pick, an acetal pick, an ultem pick, and another acetal (left to right). The design on the white delrin is a full color, full bleed design, which means that the design runs all the way to the edge of the pick. The acetal picks represent both a full color and single color design. The ultem is a great example of how a brown design can look great against the tan color, since ultems may have black, red, and/or brown printed on them. So, if you are thinking that black is out and brown is in, try your custom design today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Silhouette Picks

Sometimes, less is more, and this can definitely be true when designing Clayton custom picks. We wanted to show off these designs, because the simplicity of the artwork actually draws more attention to them. The customers who designed these picks all chose to use a silhouette design, which will look great on any pick material that Clayton offers for custom design. This is a great way to have a single color print (which is less expensive than full color) and still have a cool graphic to make the picks personal. Some customers will choose to put photos on their picks, while others will use a silhouette version of a person, such as the faces shown on the picks here. The glasses and beard on one pick, and the hair on the other pick, are distinctive enough to convey a specific personality without using a full color photo. Other graphics work great for silhouettes too, such as the pumpkin or the guitar and shark shown here. With this kind of design, the customer is able to choose his/her favorite pick material and not worry if it will work with the design or not. Shown here are ultem, and white, pink and green delrin picks. If you would like to try your own custom silhouette design, visit  our Clayton Custom site today!

Full Color Ultem

When customers submit designs to Steve Clayton to get printed onto custom guitar picks, many want to use beautiful designs with a lot of color in them. For the most part, we can only offer full color printing on our white picks, and any of our colored picks must have only black printing. The exception are our ultem picks. Ultems are a classic looking pick, with a light tan color that give them a rustic, almost-wooden appearance. Guitar players love them for the clear sound quality that they provide and the non-slip feel of the material itself. And, even though ultems are not white, we are able to print more than one color on them. Ultem picks can have any design that includes black, brown, and/or red colors. All three of these colors look great against the tan of the pick. Shown here is a perfect example of a full color ultem design. As you can see, the three colors were used to great effect on this logo and the detail in the design came out perfectly. Ultem picks are a versatile material that we have available in three different shapes and eight different gauges. You can design your custom Clayton ultem pick at www.claytoncustom.com. Don’t be afraid to use all three colors either, because with ultems, the full color and single color pricing are the same!! Have fun!

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.

Get the Classic Look

At Steve Clayton, we offer a variety of picks for custom design. One of the materials that can be used for custom creations is called ultem. Ultem picks are a favorite of our customers because of the high tone quality that they provide, and the grainy non-slip feel of the material itself. Ultem picks are available in three different shapes; standard, rounded triangle, and teardrop. You may also choose from 8 different gauges, ranging from a very flexible .38mm to an extra-heavy 1.2mm. Ultem picks can work with designs of single or multiple colors. However, when you design your custom ultem pick on our design site, keep in mind that black, brown, and red are the print color options available. Don’t be shy to use all three colors in your design, because, as you can see by the image shown here, they all look great against the tan background of the pick. So, if you are looking for a classic look for your personal picks, give ultem a try!

Rock Out with Custom Picks

We always like to take time to show off the cool designs that we produce for our custom picks, and here is a new collection! It is safe to say that many of the customers who order our custom picks have a passion for music, and we liked these designs because they managed to incorporate different types of musical equipment in their art. As you can see, we have a microphone, a speaker, headphones, and a boom-box…all designs submitted to us recently. These pieces of equipment are all things that help to feed our love for music, so why not put them on a guitar pick? If you are interested in what type of picks are shown here, we have a standard white delrin (the microphone pick), a rounded triangle ultem (speaker) and two acetal picks. All of the materials work very well with the designs created for them. To try out your design, visit our custom guitar pick website today!

Maximize Your Design Space

Here at Clayton, we love to see the different designs that our customers submit to go on our custom guitar picks. Sometimes we notice that people want to include a lot of information on their picks, or they have a design that has a lot of detail and takes up quite a bit of space. We know that guitar picks are small, and sometimes it is hard to cram everything you want into a small space. This is why we wanted to offer a solution to the problem; learn how to maximize your guitar pick design space!! The first move is to choose the rounded triangle shape. Of course, the shape of a pick can be a personal preference for guitarists, but if you are focusing on the design aspect, the rounded triangle picks, like the ones shown here, will definitely give you the most design space. We offer rounded triangle in our acetal, white pearl, ultem, colored delrin, and colored pearl picks. Then, if you want even a little more space, choose the full bleed option in the website designer. This allows your design to run all the way to the edge of the pick, instead of having a border. All three picks shown in the image below are full bleed rounded triangle designs. Visit our custom design site to try out these options with your guitar pick art!

Ultem Picks, #1 In Customer Ratings

The ultem picks are my personal favorite guitar pick to play with.  These picks are great because they provide a good grip and are a strong durable material.  They also provide an appealing transparent look.  Just recently we had mentioned about how on our Musician’s Friend’s website the Steve Clayton ultem standard guitar picks are ranked first in customer ratings.  I personally prefer to play my acoustic guitar with the ultem picks as it provides consistent tone and volume.  Recently I have noticed some excellent art work on our ultem guitar picks as pictured.  If you are ordering your ultem custom picks make sure to let us know what color ink you would like.  It does not cost more to put our red, brown and black ink on the ultem pick.  If you haven’t tried our ultem picks out yet, you are definitely missing out.  Place your order today and have fun with our custom ultem guitar picks!   Just go to steveclayton.com and click on clayton custom.

Springtime: Birds and Trees

Here’s another look at some cool designs that we have been producing recently. We have noticed that some great spring-time art has been submitted throughout the months of March and April. The designs shown here all use birds and trees, and we feel that this art is both aesthetically pleasing and works well on the small design space of the custom picks. It seems that birds and trees are a trend in the world of graphic art currently…and now they are showing up at Steve Clayton, Inc.! The pick materials vary for these designs. Included in the photo here are ultem, white delrin, and white pearl. Both of the bird design picks shown are also further examples of wedding picks. If you would like to try out your own spring design, visit our custom pick design website!

Band overseas signs with Clayton “BILOCATE”

Bilocate is a band well know in Jordan. They came together with brothers Ramzi and Waseem Esayed, got started, and then joined with guitarist Baha’ Farah, and later added guitarist Rami Haikal. In 2005, they released their first full length album “Dysphoria.”  The album had received lots of airplay on the local governmental radio station on Jordan FM.  In July of 2008 they released the album pictured here, titled “Sudden Death Syndrome.” You can find videos of them with their “2nd War in Heaven” and “Days of Joy” videos. There are some similar guitar sounds I hear when listening to them, such like Metallica’s guitar style. The band members are fans of our acetal picks and are now interested in the ultem picks as well.  For more information about the band you may go to bilocate.net or you can find them on myspace.

Ultimate Ultem

One of the pick materials that we use here at Steve Clayton is called Ultem, and it is often overlooked when designing custom picks. While the Ultem picks are slightly more limited in the area of design because they can only support three different colors, they are appreciated for their durability and strong playing quality. When designing Ultem picks, users of our custom site may submit any design that contains black, brown, and/or red colors. These three colors can make for an appealing combination against the light tan color of the picks. The result is a classic, sometimes rustic appearance. We have received feedback from many people who say that they are highly satisfied with these picks, both for their usability and long-lasting designs. The Artisan Guitar pick shown here is a perfect example of a strong design for the Ultem picks because of the rich brown color and the smooth, distinct lines. These picks are a great choice for advertising, and graphics always look professional on the semi-tranparent material.

Picks that make you go “aww”

Yes, believe it or not we do get orders for picks that have completely adorable artwork on it. cute_kidsThe scan for this post is of picks that prompted us to make this post. They were printed on Ultem, in the small teardrop shape. Normally we just imprint brown, red and black because they seem to imprint best on the ultem. However, since this was a thinner gauge we were able to get the yellow, orange, pink and blue to turn out quite well. We really suggest the black, brown and red because we are certain these colors always turn out well. However, we are not opposed to trying new colors so feel free to submit an order with different colors if you like. We will always send a message if we feel that it will not turn out before sending it on to production, or if it didn’t after production. These picks really are adorable, there’s just no other way to put it! Everyone here who was shown them gave the same response “Aww!” even if they wouldn’t admit it :).

Guitar Pick News – Illegal Guitar Pick Case

Woman Pleads Guilty for Selling Illegal Sea Turtle Guitar Picks

Associated Press
May 8, 2009

“A 54-year-old Sonoma County woman has pleaded guilty to charges of illegally importing guitar picks made from endangered sea turtle shells.The U.S. atlantichawksbillseaturtle2attorney’s office says Qing Song pleaded guilty to one felony Wednesday. She was sentenced to 10 months of home confinement and a $2,000 fine. Song admitted to importing picks or raw shells of the hawksbill sea turtle from China and selling them in the United States. Some musicians covet the turtle shells instead of ordinary plastic picks because they believe they produce a superior tone. It is illegal to trade endangered wildlife without a valid permit for scientific research or other approved, noncommercial use.”

Hmmm…. I guess she has never heard of Clayton Ultems. 🙂

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Ultem vs. Tortoiseshell

A loyal customer e-mailed us today asking about the difference between our Ultem pick and authentic Tortoiseshell picks. What a great question for today’s post. Most of you have probably never played with real tortoiseshell before. This is because it became illegal to produce/import tortoiseshell into the United States in 1947, which was before even I was born! A lot of guitar picks are made to have the appearance of tortoiseshell such as our cork-grip picks. However these are actually made of celluloid. Some people bring me some pretty convincing celluloid and tell me they have a true tortoiseshell pick, when almost always they don’t. Not sure if you have a real one or fake? Quickly rub the pick in-between cloth several times to create mild heat, if the picks starts to smell like camphor or vicks vabor rub, that is a celluloid plastic pick. They smell strong! Cow horn is also often passed off as tortoiseshell. If the pick is made out of cow horn then it will have a milky white appearance in parts of the pick.tort

People allude to the authentic tortoiseshell as the holy grail of picks… and are sought after. Well I have played many in my life-time and here are my thoughts on them. They sound nice, with a nice tone, but they break and sometimes even explode in your hand which is useless during a performance. Also the edges get rough. In my personal opinion, Ultem creates a much brighter, cleaner sound with better overtones, plus is much more durable. In the end when it comes to authentic tortoiseshell, I recommend saving your money and the turtles.