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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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Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot

Our July Custom Guitar Pick Sale has begun! We are now offering 15% off all custom guitar pick orders, and this special lasts for only three days! Starting today, July 25th, you can place your custom guitar pick order online at www.claytoncustom.com. When the site prompts you for a promotional code, enter in CJUL14 to automatically have 15% taken off of your order total. Again, this is only for 3 DAYS! Ends July 27th at 11:29pm Central Standard Time, so get your order in ASAP!

 

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Shine On!

Hey Clayton Fans! Just a post to remind you that, even though we specialize in making guitar picks and custom picks, we do offer other amazing guitar accessories! These guitar essentials include polish products, and we offer two different types!

We carry Pro Lemon polish that will replenish the essential oils in your guitar without the odors and harsh chemicals of other polishes. When used, it will clean and condition the finish of any wooden instrument…so try it on your ukulele too! 😉

The other polish that we offer is called Pro Shine. This cleans and finishes your guitar with a beautiful shine without any build-up. It is non-toxic and is made from all natural and organic oils.

Try out one of these today! http://www.steveclayton.com/polish.php

Don’t forget to have a look at our Pro Buff and String Zip cloths as well!

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Get ready for our next contest!!

Attention Clayton Fans! Starting today, we have a new contest running through our Facebook page! Check out the crazy photo in the image below. For the next four days, this photo will be posted on our FB page, and all you need to do is submit a comment with your best caption for the photo, for a chance to win your choice of 3 Clayton guitar pick 12-packs!!

This contest ends at Midnight on June 29th, so don’t delay! Visit www.facebook.com/ClaytonUSA to submit your most clever and witty captions!

 

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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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Love Your Custom Picks!

Love and music areVDay in the air…it’s Valentine’s Day! Celebrate with 14% of your order for custom guitar picks! Starting today, we are running  this sale on custom picks, and it extends through next Friday, the 21st, so you can ‘feel the love’ for a whole week! To order, visit www.claytoncustom.com and start creating your design. Once your awesome custom guitar pick design is finished, you can order directly from the site, and use the code VLT76 to get 14% off of your order! Custom guitar picks also make a great gift! If you had an “oops” and forgot to get your sweetie a gift, you can always create the pick design, print out a copy of it, and say “Hey look what I got you! They just need to be made and shipped!” 🙂 Or, you can save this awesome gift idea for the next birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s day etc. Custom picks are both personal and useful, which is why they make such a great present!!

Happy Valentine’s Day, to all of our awesome customers!!

Pick-Or-Treat!

It’s time to get in the spirit!! Halloween is just around the corner, and it is not too late to order Halloween-themed picks for concerts, events, parties, or gifts! Surprise friends with Freddy or Jason when your order our Movie series guitar picks; available in Friday the 13th glow in the dark picks that look like Jason’s mask, or Nightmare on Elm Street that feature three different Freddy Krueger designs. Check them out at http://www.steveclayton.com/moviepicks.php. Of course, don’t forget about custom picks! We offer orange delrin guitar picks that can be imprinted with a black ink design, and they ship out in just 48 hours! Custom picks also make great favors for Halloween-themed weddings! So visit www.claytoncustom.com to create and order your own custom designed Hallow-picks today!

 

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How many licks? Guitar licks that is…


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This week, we wanted to show off this awesome owl pick design ordered by one of our customers! The owl was printed on our green delrin pick material. There is a high amount of detail in the art, and it looks really nice as a black print on the green background. Delrin picks come in 6 different color/gauges, and are one of our lowest cost picks, starting at 100 for just $34.99! To order your own custom printed guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

More Wedding Picks!

Every once in a while we like to showcase some custom wedding guitar picks that are ordered by our customers. Wedding picks are becoming more and more popular as a wedding item, so we get to see a lot of different types of designs! Custom guitar picks are great as a wedding item because they are small and make the perfect keepsake (especially if you have a lot of musicians at your wedding!) They can represent a couple’s love for music and they can be customized in a variety of ways, including dates, colors, photos, graphics, quotes, etc. The picks shown here were made on our acetal material, with a beautiful flower graphic, and simply the date as a perfect reminder for the guests of the special day spent with the couple. Check out our wedding pick site at http://www.customweddingpicks.com/!

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Ssss Snake Picksssss

Check out these custom picks made for the band Nest of Snakes!

NestThe design is a simple black artwork, and it was made on our yellow delrin pick material. Even thought the colors are basic, we liked the intricacy of the design and how it fits really well into the pick shape…they just look cool!

To design and order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

“Nest of Snakes is a trophy case of local talent. It consists of Jason Boten formerly of Superchief, who plays guitar and sings, Larry Enos who also plays with Sons of Walter on bass, Tom Brighton who splits his time with September on guitar and vox, and drummer Derek Deutramont who was formerly with the Albino Spiders.

Their sound is heavy but not all-encompassing. It’s composed of a variety of different influences from all over the rock and roll map. The two tracks I heard brought to mind such classic acts as Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, but I also heard glimpses of early Soundgarden and Motorhead. Despite having a heavy foundation, the music is also rich with melodies, a trait that sometimes gets lost in the Des Moines metal scene.”

To find out more, visit

https://www.facebook.com/NestOfSnakes

For a Rainy Day…

Check out these cool picks! We loved the blue Flotsam design that was submitted for custom guitar picks by the band Treading Lemmings. This art was printed on our acetal guitar picks, which work great for graphics that include color backgrounds that cover most of the guitar pick, such as the blue background in this design. We also liked how the fine detail in the creative logo turned out so well, even on small guitar picks!

In March 2013, The Treading Lemmings released “Flotsam”. The EP serves up five delicious new tunes. Much more akin to a fine dining experience than a to trip to the local diner;”Flotsam” provides depth, complexity, sweetness at times, and occasional bitterness for balance. With the typical lyrical finesse of Christopher Quinn, this project was also spiced up by some special guests: Nashville fiddle ace, Kurt Baumer, played on a homage to Keith Moon in “Goodnight Moon,” and inter-continental arrangement help was provided by the Dentists’ (seminal 90s Brit-pop) Bob Collins on “Doing Time On Placid Drive.”

To learn more about The Treading Lemmings, visit the following sites:

http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/TheTreadingLemmings

Http://www.facebook.com/treadinglemmings

Twitter: @treadinglemming

The custom guitar picks were created and ordered by Clayton customer Andy Hunt (aka Ricky), who plays rhythm (Rickenbacker) guitar for The Treading Lemmings. With the release of the new vinyl EP “Flotsam”, he wanted a new promotional pick to toss from stage. He worked with artist Carl Yonder www.carlyonder.com to take his artwork from “Flotsam” and turn it into a guitar pick design using the Clayton custom design tool.

To order your own custom guitar 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 — SOLARSET

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for the band SOLARSET.

SOLARSET is an all original quartet driven by mixed influences to make way for a completely new style of “rock”. The band was formed in Watertown, Connecticut, in the fall of 2011 with Alan Johnson on lead guitar, Justin Spry on vocals and rhythm guitar, Dan Krhla on bass, and Jason Hoyt on drums. From their poetic lyrics and melodic tones to their hypnotizing solos and percussive ingenuity, SOLARSET is a juggernaut of creativity and originality with a fresh new sound that is beyond classification. They are currently working on their debut album expected for release in summer of 2013. SOLARSET has live music, photos, and videos posted at www.facebook.com/solarset.

The SOLARSET picks were made using our white acetal guitar pick material, which is semi-transparent and works great with photo designs, such as the the awesome solar eclipse photo shown here. To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com!

One Day Left!

Order custom guitar picks today! 3/19 is the last day of our St. Patty’s Promotion. If you place your order for custom guitar picks on our site at www.claytoncustom.com, and choose the USPS 1st class shipping option for orders shipping within the US, we will automatically upgrade your order to a free Priority shipment! You do not even need to enter in a promotional code to take advantage of this offer…we will take care of the upgrade for you once the order is placed. And that’s not all! In honor of the favorite color of the Irish, we will include a free pack of our popular Duraplex guitar picks, in green .88mm! So don’t hesitate, get that order placed ASAP!!

Pick of the Week — GodSpeed3 (GS3)

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for the band GodSpeed3.

GodSpeed3 (GS3) is a dynamic band whose variety of songs convey a positive message with an exciting stage presence and a modern rock edge. Over the past five years, the band has played for over 100,000 people and shared the big stage with Casting Crowns, Mercy Me, DecembeRadio, Jeremy Camp, Leeland, RoyalTailor, Audio Adrenaline, 33 Miles, Addison Road, Jonny Diaz, Mike’s Chair, Building 429, Abandon, Todd Agnew, The Letter Black, KJ-52 and Big Daddy Weave. Signed to TMG Records, GodSpeed3 was honored to be included on the official Grammy Nomination list in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The band has played from South Mississippi to Ohio, Texas and across the Southeast garnering rave reviews along the way.

With 13 major sponsors already on board and a new partnership with Holt International, GodSpeed3 has hit the ground running, with no sign of slowing, and look forward to spreading the good news with their own style of fun and exciting stage performance. Expect big things from this band.

To learn more about GS3, visit their site at www.GodSpeed3.com!

The GS3 picks were made on our white delrin pick material, which was perfect to support the bright colors of the band logo. The design really stands out! To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Pick of the Week — Standby Anchors

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for the band Standby Anchors.

The members of Standby Anchors are old enough to know better, but young enough to not care.  The band offers amped-up power-pop with a dark side for those about to rock.  The current line up of the band is:  Mike Devine (lead vocals, guitar), Brent Anderson (drums), Bryan Scrivener (bass), and Phil Anderson (lead guitar, vocals).  Standby Anchors is based in Kansas City and plays original songs that are best characterized as modern alternative/indie rock with a definite appreciation for alt rock sounds of the 80s and 90s through the present day.  Members of the band have appeared in earlier projects that have toured across the United States and that have released records on indie labels.

 

You can find Standby Anchors …


On Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Standby-Anchors/397864393614782
On Reverb Nation:  http://www.reverbnation.com/standbyanchors

The Standby Anchors picks were made on our white pearl material and we love how clean and professional their solid black logo looks on the marbleized white picks. To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today! And don’t forget to be on the lookout for our monthly promotion, coming soon 😉

Pick of the Week — Darbi Shaun

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for Darbi Shaun, an up-and-coming Texas Singer/Songwriter. “There are some voices that just cause people to stop and take notice. Darbi Shaun’s unique tone, texture, and emotion does just that. When you experience her music, you immediately know she is doing what she was created to do. At just 17, Darbi Shaun has been honored to open for names such as Mike Eli of the Eli Young Band, Roger Creager, and Walt Wilkins. She just released her second EP titled “Austin” and is currently performing acoustic sets of original music and covers. You can hear her music at www.darbishaun.com Thank you for your interest and support!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darbi’s picks were made on our acetal guitar pick material, which is perfect to support her classy black-and-white photo design. To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today! Just two days left to take advantage of our Valentine’s Day sale!!

Three Days Left!

For those of you who might have missed it, our Valentine’s Day Sale is currently running! We are offering 14% off any custom guitar pick orders placed by this Thursday, the 21st. To order your custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com. Create your pick design and save the design in an online account with us. Then click on the “Order Pick” button once the design in finalized. When completing the order process, the site will prompt you for a promotional code. Use FEB14 (all capital letters, no spaces) to have the 14% discount automatically applied. We are also offering free standard shipping for orders of less than 400 picks shipping within the US! Don’t delay; get your order in before this sale is out!

One Day Left!

There is only one day left to order custom guitar picks and receive your 10% off New Year’s discount! To take advantage of this sale, start by visiting www.claytoncustom.com to design and order your picks, or place a re-order of a design that you have already saved. Once you start the order process, you will be prompted to enter in a promotional code. Use the code NY13Z to automatically have 10% deducted from your total! Again, this sale only goes through midnight, central time, today. Order now!

It’s now or never!

Okay, you’ve waited until the last minute to order custom printed guitar picks as a gift, but it can still be done! Place your order today at www.claytoncustom.com. If you choose the Fed Ex Overnight shipping method, we will ship your order out tomorrow, 12/21 and it will arrive on Monday, Christmas Eve. So don’t think that you are completely up a creek, because we’ve got you covered! We guarantee to do a one-day production time on orders that are placed with the Overnight shipping method.

Wishing a safe and happy holiday season to all of our customers! Thank you so much for your continued business with us!!

Time is running out!

Place your order for custom picks today! If you are ordering custom guitar picks for a Christmas gift, today is the last day that you can place your order and take advantage of our free First Class shipping offer and still have your order arrive by Christmas! First class shipping generally takes 3-5 business days to arrive after we produce and ship your order, so if your order is placed after today and you still choose first class free shipping, we cannot guarantee that it will arrive on time. The free shipping is for orders of less than 400 picks, and it can be used for any shipment within the US. So hurry! Time’s-a-wastin’! Design and order your picks at www.claytoncustom.com!

Start Your Design Now!

We are going to share a little secret with our devoted blog-readers; today is a great day to start working on a custom guitar pick design, because our Christmas Sale starts tomorrow! Make sure to sign up for our newsletters with your email on our contact page. You will automatically have an e-mail blast sent to you tomorrow with a discount code for 15% off your entire order! It’s not too late to order custom picks for holiday gifts, so be sure to take advantage of this sale that will only last three days!

Pick of the Week — Ella Kaye

This Week’s Pick of the Week is for the band Ella Kaye.

“Emerging from the ashes of recently passed Ever Divine, the band has come back with a new line up and a whole new set. With Garrin Beaudoin and Michael Martin on guitar, Jeremy Novakowski on bass, Phil Del Vecchio on drums, and Justin Chard on vocals, the band, formed in 2011, is tearing up Arizona’s metal scene.”

Behind the name:  Ella Kaye is a character in the book “The Great Gatsby”.  Dan Cody’s last will gave Jay Gatsby a 25,000 inheritance, but Ella Kaye manages to use the court system against Jay to the win the money for herself.  Because of this, Jay sees Ella as a gold digger.

Find out more about Ella Kaye at http://www.facebook.com/EllaKayeAZ

The Ella Kaye picks were made on our white delrin pick material, and we really like the intricacy and detail of the design that the band created! Order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Earrpix.com

Here at Clayton, we love to learn about some of the creative ways that customers use custom printed guitar picks, and we have one to share with you that is perfect for the holidays! Our customer, Amanda, orders custom picks to be made into earrings that she sells online. You can check out her website, www.Earrpix.com. We love how she has the picks printed here, but then she assembles the earrings herself, adding beads and metallic swirls to give them a very professional and stylish look. She has created some specialty designs just for the holidays too! See some examples below:

These earrings make for a wonderful gift idea! The following is an excerpt from Amanda’s site that describes the earrings:

“Like the guitar itself, the pick has become an art form. Small in stature, the most sought-after concert will come to a silent halt without the band’s lead and rhythm players each grasping a tiny plectrum to command their instruments. We share your appreciation, and present our line of signature Earrpix Earrings. Whether worn in tribute to your favorite guitarist, to the beauty and splendor of the music created with them, or just because they are fun, interesting, and sure to invoke a smile and comment whenever worn, pick a pair or two and make your own statement.”

Again, visit the site at www.Earrpix.com ! Or, visit www.clatyoncustom.com to create your own custom pick designs!

Geocache that Pick!

As many of you know, custom picks are not made solely for musicians. They are often used for advertising, weddings, and even as clasp-openers for jewelry. What we really love is when our customers can combine their love of music with other passions, and this is one of the most interesting combinations that we have heard of so far!

Lisa is “a 40-year-old mum shamelessly playing metal in the attic when the rest of the family is at school/work…” Her second hobby is geocaching. Geocaching is a sort of high-tech treasure hunt where people go looking for boxes hidden by other players with a GPS all over the world.
They are about 5 million players worldwide. One may find little objects in the “geocache” that they can trade with another little object.
Some players make a trading item with their geocaching nickname and drop it in the geocaches. This is where Lisa’s “signature items” come in. Lisa decided, because of her love for electric guitar, that a customized pick would be the perfect treasure: it relates to her, fits easily even in small caches, and is original.
Lisa’s geocaching name is “Mirage Breton” meaning, in French, “Mirage from Brittany”.
Brittany being a region of France heavily influenced by Celtic culture- hence the Triskell design you can partially see on the pick- which represents land, sea and fire.
Lisa writes: “I’m thrilled by the quality of the picks and I have an immense pleasure playing my guitar with ‘my own picks’. I’m also enjoying the fact that these picks are now traveling all over the earth (I travel a lot) and puzzling fellow geocachers…”
Follow Lisa in her geocaching adventures on Twitter at:
http://twitter.com/geoT7

Shown here is the next geocache that Lisa is going to hide with the pick ready to be traded!

Lisa’s picks were made on our white pearl pick material, which gives that 3-D iridescent effect to her design. Order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Cyber Monday Super Sale!

It’s Cyber Monday everyone, and our super sale is on! For one day only, we will be offering 20% off custom guitar pick orders! To order your custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com. When prompted for a promo code, enter in:              and you will automatically receive 20% off your order. We offer 14 different pick materials to choose from, in a variety of shapes and gauges. Pricing starts at just $24.99 and we offer free 1st class shipping on all orders of 300 picks or less! Again, ONE DAY ONLY on this sale!! Will end at midnight central time! Start your design right away!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing all Clayton Customers a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday! With Black Friday tomorrow, you are probably starting to think about that gift list for this year, and Clayton Custom Picks are the perfect present for the musicians in your life! (pssst…we do have a Cyber Monday sale coming up, so be sure to check your e-mail for the promo code!) Start checking off that list early from the comfort of your own home by ordering custom picks on our site at www.claytoncustom.com Starting at just $24.99, and with free shipping options, the gift of custom picks will not break your bank, and they have that personal touch in additional to being a practical item that any guitarist will love! Check our holiday shipping schedule below to make sure you get your order placed on time…the earlier the better! We also offer Custom Pick Gift Cards! Start creating your design today 🙂

All the Pretty Pearls

Our colored pearl custom guitar picks can make an especially unique holiday gift. This is because, along with being able to customize the design of the pick, you can also choose the color of the picks! The colored pearls are custom color matched, so you get to choose from a huge palate of colors when you place your order. Shown below are some examples. If you think that colored pearls might be the perfect gift for the musician in your life, the time to start designing your picks is now. They take about 3-4 weeks to produce, and you will also want to plan for shipping time. So don’t delay! Place your order at www.claytoncustom.com!

Don’t Let Our Thanksgiving Sale Pass You By!

This sale is three days only, so be sure to take advantage of it! Order custom picks now, and automatically get 15% off your order by using the promo code: TK12G. The sale started yesterday, so you can still order anytime today or tomorrow to use the 15% code. To order, visit www.claytoncustom.com and choose and design your picks. Save your design and click on the red “Order Pick” button to place your order. During the order process, you will be prompted for a promo code, so enter in promo code TK12G and the discount will automatically be deducted. Now is the perfect time to get a jump start on that holiday shopping!

Shown here is one of our customers’ custom fall designs, done on our Eco picks in natural…one of our new custom pick items!

Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, Etc.

The holidays are numerous, but one thing that they all have in common is that they are swiftly approaching! The time to order custom picks for holiday gifts is now, especially if you live outside the US. Clayton, Inc., ships all orders from the USA, and we offer worldwide shipping, but you will want to plan for the extra transit time! Our free international shipping option has an average transit time of 4-5 weeks, so the best time to order and still get free shipping is now! Our priority global shipping takes about 1-2 weeks (after the production time of the picks) and for last-minute orders we do offer Fed Ex Rush, with a 2-3 day transit time. Plan ahead and get those orders in early so that you can give your gift of custom picks on your chosen holiday! Order now at www.claytoncustom.com!