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Pick of the Week — Day Old Funk

For this week’s Pick of the Week we have a custom design created by the band Day Old Funk, for our white delrin picks. We like how crisp the black design looks against the bright white background of our picks. We thought that the band had a cool idea in not only including their logo, but also an image of the silhouettes of the band members. A little about the band:

Redefining the Fall River scene, “Day Old Funk” started in a basement
with its two original and current members, Aaron Correira and Jesse
Copley. In 2002, shortly after graduating from high school, what was
once just a musical hobby for the duo became a small time career. Their
music is heavily influenced by bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Beatles,
Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam. They were set to start making
music, but one thing was missing, another band mate. So in 2005, Todd
Langlois joined the mix. With Jesse on rhythm guitar and lead vocals,
Aaron on bass, light percussion and vocals, Todd on lead guitar,
percussion, and back-up vocals. The band could now focus on their
song-writing and playing. For three years they bounced around from
basement to basement working on their strong harmony based originals. In
2010, the boys picked up “the beat machine” Steve Lennon, who has
brought the beats to every show.

For more on Day Old Funk, be sure to visit their ReverbNation site:

Andrew Synowiec

You may not have heard of Andrew Synowiec by name, but chances are you have heard his guitar playing. Whether on the theme to The NFL on FOX, the CBS hit drama Without A Trace, a blockbuster movie trailer or a Billboard hit, Andrew is one of LA’s busiest young session musicians.  Andrew has recorded for an incredibly diverse spectrum of artists  ranging from Aimee Mann to Rob Zombie.  He has garnered five Grammy nominations and contributed to records selling over 10 million copies worldwide.  In addition, Andrew plays on numerous film and commercial music sessions for clients such as Sony, Warner Bros., Universal, MGM, Disney, New Line Cinema and many others.  Productions featuring his performances achieve numerous top positions on the Billboard Charts and continue to be broadcast all over the world. Andrew’s live performances take him around the globe to venues ranging from The Blue Note in Tokyo, Japan to New York City’s own Madison Square Garden.  He has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, MTV, VH1 and performed with a wide range of recording artists from indie rockers A Fine Frenzy to platinum-selling American Idol winner Jordin Sparks.  Andrew is also the youngest member of the acclaimed LA Big Band, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band.  He recently recorded their latest album, which features guest artists Lee Ritenour, Chick Corea, and Patti Austin.  As a member of the Phat Band, Andrew has performed with Nataile Cole, Manhattan Transfer, and Johnny Mathis. Andrew’s productions and arrangements have been released by EMI records, performed by the United States Air Force Band, and can be heard on ABC, FOX and MTV.  Andrew holds a Master’s Degree in Music from the University of Miami, where he performed with some of the most renowned artists in Jazz including Maria Schneider, Vince Mendoza, Joe Lovano, David Liebman, Bob Berg, Bob Mintzer, Jim McNeely and James Moody.  He was twice honored with Down Beat Magazine’s Outstanding Performance Award. He is endorsed by Taylor Guitars, Aiken Amplification, Elixir Strings, TC Electronic and Mogami Cables.

(Endorsed with Clayton Since 2010).

The Neon Look

Today we wanted to show off a couple designs that were recently created and made on our black celluloid picks. Black celluloid is a somewhat new material for Clayton…it was added for custom design last year because we discovered that these picks can support some really nice designs, including ones with varying colors and sometimes intricate detail. Black celluloids are a glossy finish pick, and we have them available in three gauges; thin, (about .50mm) medium (about .80mm) and heavy (about 1.0mm). They can support single color white designs, or full color designs such as the ones shown below. We wanted to draw attention to these specific designs, because the customers who created them used a “glow” effect that makes the text look like neon lights, which happens to show up really nicely against the black background of the picks. So, if you like the look of these examples, check out our custom guitar pick design site and play around with your own black celluloid design today!

Awww….Baby Picks!

As you know, custom guitar picks are great for events such as concerts, birthday parties, weddings, etc. They are also a great way to welcome a new baby! As you can see from the image below, we have already had some customers order custom guitar picks designed especially for a new baby. Custom guitar picks work for baby showers, or as a congratulatory present after the baby is born. If you want to use the traditional colors, we have pink delrin and blue delrin guitar picks that can be designed with a custom black print (pink delrin shown in image). Or, you can choose one of our white picks and create a unique design using any colors that you want! (Guitar pick on the right is an acetal pick with a blue design. So if you are ready to welcome a new baby, and want to start them on the right track to music and fame, custom picks from Clayton is the way to go!

Pick of the Week – Lazy J and the Dirty Shuffle

This week we have a classic guitar pick design for Lazy J and the Dirty Shuffle. This design came out really nicely on our white pearl picks. The art came from the band’s logo which was converted to black for the picks, and it is a simple yet eye-catching design. The band is a funky blues band from Texas.”The three-piece led by guitarist, singer and songwriter J Grover reaches down into the deep root

s of the blues and brings the music into the 21st Century, firing it up with sizzling guitar work, propulsive rhythms and impassioned vocals to create blues music that honors the traditions while taking the music to new and exciting places.” You can c

heck out the band’s music and find out about their upcoming shows on their reverbnation site:

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.

It’s Not Too Late to Order for New Year’s!!

Attention Clayton customers! Do you have a big gig, or event or party coming up for New Year’s? Clayton custom picks might be just the item you need to complete your celebration! And it’s not too late to order… Just visit to create your pick design. You can place your order for your custom picks online as well, after you have saved a design in your account. Because there is a bit of a time crunch though, you will want to be sure to choose second-day or overnight shipping for your order to make sure that your picks arrive in time for New Year’s Eve. If you choose one of these rush shipping options, we automatically make your order a priority, and we do everything we can to get your order shipped out the day after you place it! So don’t hesitate…start 2011 with some custom guitar picks from Clayton!!

Pick of the Week – Patrick Vega

We have another endorsed artist this week! This time it is for Patrick Vega! Patrick’s pick featured this week is printed on our Acetal material with a lovely colorful design.  Patrick has ordered tons of different designs in the past from us, so he is quite the guitar pick designer. Our custom imprint department talks to Patrick quite often and they all really love him.  Patrick showed the love back by doing a video all about Clayton picks! Which is totally awesome! Check it out below.

A little background on Patraick is that he is a player that is capable of great technique. In general though, he follows the unexpected, adventurous route rather than the (expected) technical/theory route. Alternate tunings, tasty leads and heavy but ambitious rhythm guitar parts that are accessible yet eclectic.

Patricks’s playing and songwriting displays a blend of vintage grace & modern rock/metal attitude. The music is influenced by acts such as Nine Inch Nails, Alice In Chains, Joe Satriani, The Cure, Rage Against The Machine, KoRn, Puddle Of Mudd, Seether, Tool, Classic Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, PJ Harvey, Tricky, Ozzy Osbourne, Vega’s former guitar teacher Brett Garsed and various movie soundtracks.

All I can say is Way Cool! Check out his website at:

Pick of the Week – Eldebrock

This week we have a different style of pick.  This is a full black overbleed on our Acetal material.  It looks like a black pick, but it actually is white on the other side.  This is a great option because you get the look of a black pick, but it is printed on our popular Acetal material.  We really loved Eldebrock’s design, plus they are an endorsed band here at Clayton. They have a very cool website at: Really, it is quite impressive there is some amazing flash animation on their site.  They currently have just released their debut album, which can be downloaded on iTunes. Their music is really unique, and they have clips of it on their website, so make sure to listen.  The band Eldebrock took shape in the early spring of 2009 when founding member, Del Bannerman(rhythm guitar), along with Richard Lalonde (bass guitar), recruited Jay Wegenast from Vancouver B.C. as the lead singer. The spring and summer of 2009 was spent in a small town in Saskatchewan writing the music for the debut album. Barrett Moore (lead guitar), who grew up with Jay in Forestburg, Alberta joined in late 2009 adding his own touch of Zakk Wylde and Slash influenced lead guitar to the tracks that finished off the sound they were going for.

Bad Animals

We recently just endorsed The Bad Animals! The bands offical bio: “Recreating the passion and power of an institution like HEART isn’t an easy task for a tribute band, which probably explains why there are very few Heart tributes currently working in the United States. The Bad Animals are one of the select few that capture the raw energy of a live HEART concert.
Hailing from Minnesota, The Bad Animals are made up of 6 of the most accomplished and recognized musicians from the region : Lisa Ebbers on lead Vocals, Joelle Negaard on Lead Vocals and Guitar, Tim Davis on drums, Aaron Carlson on Bass & Vocals, Lewis Sego on Keyboards and Leni DiMancari on Guitar & Vocals.
Taking on the task of recreating a band like HEART takes incredible musicianship, and the members of the Bad Animals have previously laid down their own history on the music circuit throughout the United States.
In concert, the band is incredible, with Lisa covering the power of Ann Wilson and Joelle capturing the subtle and softer side of Nancy Wilson, creating breathtaking harmonies.
Their show spans 3 Decades of Multi platinum HEART Music, performing their Chart Topping Singles, Rock Classics and Arena Rock Power Ballads.
The Bad Animals have been dubbed one of the hottest Tribute bands on the circuit, and give an energetic performance capturing the Power & Energy of HEART. Catch the Bad Animals on the Call of the Wild tour this year.”

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 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!

Pick of the Week – Young & Desperate

This week we have a Rounded Triangle Yellow Delrin pick for the band Young & Desperate.  They are a female fronted Dutch band. They recently won a big national Dutch band contest Make More Music. This band is known for their amazing live performances. Their first national single is recorded with Michel van Schie (Anouk, Van Velzen, Evers Slaat Door, and many, many more). Their MySpace ( provide a great way to keep in touch with the band. Also make sure to check out their website for additional information on the band. They have a really neat video, check it out below!

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 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 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!

Pick of the Week – Rock Sugar

This week we have a pick from the band Rock Sugar! You have to check out their website at: They have an amazing intro on their website. Here is a little description about their live show:

This lovely pearl celluloid pick is printed with a purple and blank blended logo. It was made for the band guitarist and vocalist Chuck Duran. Also, make sure to check out their facebook page, where they have over 22,000 likes! Wow!

Pick of the Week – Bret Michaels

So pretty much everyone knows who Bret Michaels is.  If for some reason you don’t, he is the guy who is practically everwhere you look! He started his career as the lead singer of the metal band Poisen. He also starred in the hit shows, Rock of Love with Bret Michaels , its sequels, and was the winning contestant on NBC’s reality show Celebrity Apprentice 3.  He is also known for his signature bandanna.  Bret is an endorsed artist here at Clayton.  We have done a couple different picks for him, which are shown below.  Also below is a picture of him on stage using our picks. Currently Bret has a new show on VH1 called Bret Michaels: Life as I Know It., which is on Monday nights at 10/9 central, and repeats countless times a day on VH1. If you have not seen it yet please click this link to see a full episode of his amazing new reality show: Bret is also currently touring right now on his ROSES & THORNS TOUR. To check out if he is coming to a venue near you please check out his tour date schedule:

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!


We recently just endorsed Susan Hyatt and Michael Birnholz of the band rock/new wave/alternative band Stimulator.

Stimulator is back with a vengeance playing biting alternative rock music enhanced with heavy electronic grooves and brutally honest lyrics.

Sporting fresh shiny new black locks and her naturally strong candid female presence, Singer Susan Hyatt teams up once again with original Stimulator guitarist/producer/co-songwriter and co-founding member Geoff Tyson.   The result is signature Stimulator with sweeping melodic guitar melodies and world class James Bond style production.

The third CD, appropriately entitled “Lovelier in Black,” showcases Stimulator simply doing what they do best, rocking out with no apologies. Susan plays every inch of the Gothic princess but admits to having more in common with vintage PJ Harvey than with the blockbuster epic dark popsters Evanessence.

“I grew up listening to and watching artists like David Bowie and Debbie Harry experiment and take artistic chances. ” It’s no surprise that Susan has played with so many different musical genreswith Stimulator. From wrapping herself up in duct tape embracing her punk rock and new wave roots crawling around onstage on the WARPED TOUR to playing artsy sophisticated ballads to huge crowds opening Arena Tours with Duran Duran and the GO-GO’s; Stimulator has been on the forefront of reviving new wave rock and roll and classic Disco.

“I think it’s really important to always try and reinvent yourself as an artist both musically and visually to stay relevant.” It is this artistic commitment that keeps fans so loyal to Stimulator. When Stimulator’s record label, The LAB, went defunct in 2006, fans donated their own money and paid for the production and release of the second album. It was that kind of faith that kept the band going even through the roughest times of the music industry.

Stimulator now consists of singer/songwriter Susan Hyatt (Pillbox/MP3TV UK TV Host), guitarist and music director Geoff Tyson (T-Ride, Snake River Conspiracy), drummer extraordinaire Chad Stewart (Faster Pussycat/Motochrist/Gilby Clarke/LA Guns) and the welcome addition of fresh new bassist Michael Birnholz.

Band’s bio from their website

Pick of the Week – Ian Lee

This week is a nice full color imprint on our white pearl celluloid.  Pearl Celluloid is a great choice for your custom picks. Especially if you are looking for a great promotional pick that will get peoples attention!  Ian Lee has a solo project rather than a band and is located in Montreal Canada.  His genre is English and French Pop Rock. His  single ”La fin du monde” went to #1 of the ADISQ  Rock Billboard in 2009, which is amazing.  Also he has a new record that came out in stores and itunes on nov 9th. The new single ”Ta dependance” can be heard on radios throughout canada as well as satellite radio. His English album ”Crash” with the hit ”fallen” from 2007 is already on sale on iTunes. To find out more details on Ian Lee, make sure to check out his website at:

GUITARINGS with Kyle Gass and Kones

We wanted to share with you that our endorsed artists Kyle Gass and Kones have a YouTube channel which they teach you how to play guitar! In this video they teach you how to play to “Tribute”.  If you are looking for a very entertaining guitar lesson definitely check out their channel! They have had over 200,000 upload views to date, and over 1,800 subscribers.

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 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!

Wayne Smith

Wayne Smith just became endorsed with us! Wayne is the guitarist and vocalist for the band Hicktown that was formed in 1996. They have gained a rapid demand throughout their tri-state area. Hicktown has opened for many of Nashville’s Recording Artists such as The Warren Brothers, Andy Griggs, Jessica Andrews, Gary Allen, David Lee Murphy, Chris Cagel, and John Berry. They entertain for wedding receptions, corporate functions, private parties as well as performing for the local club circuit. They cover Classic Country, Classic Rock, Progressive Country, R & B classics and Pop favorites. You can check them out at their website by clicking here.

Clatyon USA says “Time to Vote!”….for our video contest!

As many of you Clayton fans know, we have been conducting a Why Do You Love Clayton Youtube Contest!, and we have our finalists!  We need you to vote for your favorite one! You can check out their videos through the links listed below:

Video A

Video B

How do you vote? You can visit our facebook page and go to the “Notes” section or our Wall and just let us know if you prefer video A or B. You can also comment on our Twitter, or e-mail me (Melissa) at and tell me which one you like! This is a very important contest, since the winner will received 500 Free Custom Guitar Picks!! So choose wisely, and cast your vote today!!

Tis the Season!

Hey Clayton customers! We know that many of you are probably planning to order some custom guitar picks to give as awesome gifts for the holidays! We just want to help you be a little prepared. We have some specialty picks that are very popular, but they take a while to produce so we want to make sure that you include production time in your planning. If you are looking at ordering black celluloid, hot stamp foil picks, or glow in the dark picks that are needed by Christmas day, the deadline to place these orders will be next Monday, November 15th. So start designing today at! (see example designs below for black celluloid and glow in the dark picks) If you are ordering pick materials besides these three specialty materials, you will still want to be aware of final order dates to get your picks on time. If you choose standard shipping, you will need to place your order by December 16th. For priority mail, the deadline  is December 17th. For Second-Day Rush, it will be the 21st, and for Overnight Rush, it will be the 22nd. So, don’t let the holiday season sneak up on you! Place your order for custom guitar picks today!

Cody Jones

Cody Jones is one of our new endorsees and has been using our delrin guitar picks,slides and polish for 7 years now. Cody is a artist, songwriter and producer. He was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was adopted at a young age by a family from Texas. At 13 he had begun performing and touring with local and regional bands in Texas. By high school he had made a name for himself as a guitarist and performer in West Texas. He began playing for the Texas club circuit at the age of 16, toured the entire U.S. by the age of 20 and is still gaining attention from music fans across the country. Cody released his first CD Dying Incomplete in 2000 with his band Voodoo Poet, and signed his first independent record deal. He also signed a publishing deal as a nationally recognized songwriter for ASCAP in April 2000. In 2005 he started pursuing his solo career. In 2008 he was nominated for best in Texas singer/songwriter at the Austin Music Awards. He released his EP “Music is Blood” digitally on iTunes in October 2009 on Power Ballad Records. For more on Cody and to listen to his music visit

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!

Pick of the Week – Dead ‘Til Friday

With Halloween coming up at the end of this week, we couldn’t help but select this fun pick!  This pick is printed on our Acetal material. We love the skull with the top hat and bow.  Plus we love the pattern of pink polka dots! Such a creative mix of unique elements. This pick was designed by the band Dead ‘Til Friday. They are a five member band that does both cover and original Rock -n- Roll, based in South Florida. Here is a little blurb about them:  “Dead ‘Til Fridays’ live shows include an up-beat mix of classic to current hits – from pop to rock to R&B – that are fun, danceable and include some the best songs of all time. Fronted by a powerful, versatile female lead singer, Dead ‘Til Friday has an energetic stage performance, making them one of the most in-demand party bands around. The secret to their success is their full rich sound, stage presence and youthful energy.” Make sure to check out their website to find more information about them at:

Pick of the Week – Deadbeat Darling

This is a great logo on a great pick! This simple, yet creative logo looks so nice on our Acetal guitar pick. Below is a description all about Deadbeat Darling. “Equal parts mischief and bliss, eloquence and irreverence, Deadbeat Darling is a New York City-based rock band whose music shimmers with hints of dub and electronica, and has thus far inspired a rabid and eclectic  fanbase solely upon word of mouth. They released their debut full length album “Weight of Wandering”during the Summer of 2009, followed by a sold out show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City and a run of album release shows throughout Texas and the Midwest…” To find out more about this band visit their website.  Also make sure to check out their creative video below.

Pick of the Week – Hourcast

This week we have a nice Acetal Rounded Triangle.  We love how the band Hourcast designed this pick. It looks just like their website! It has nice deep dark colors of black and red with a blue undertone. Hourcast is a rock band out of Boston.  They just released their new album Dystopia, and are currently on tour throughout the nation. To find out if they will be in a city near you visit their tour itenerary.

Pick of the Week – Sixteen Cities

This week we have an awesome White Delrin Guitar pick, with full color imprinting.  The bright colors of this graphic, look really sharp on this pick. Sixteen Cities is a really amazing pop-rock band from Portland, OR.  Not too far away from us here in Talent, OR.  This band, just recently had their album “Pray You Through” featured on a recent episode of the popular WB show “One Tree Hill”.  They are currently on tour with the band Remedy Drive, and will be touring all over the South and Midwest.  If you are in any of those areas, make sure to check out their tour schedule.  For more information on this band visit their website at: or check them out on their Facebook page.