View Full Version : Opinions on Cuetec Thunderbolt Cue
02-01-2007, 11:25 AM
I'm considering buying a Cuetec Thunderbolt cue because of the hype I've read about it and it's within my price range ($150-$200 on e-bay). I would appreciate hearing any pro or con comments.
02-01-2007, 01:11 PM
I bought one when it first came out and I enjoyed it a lot. The shot is very stiff, which I prefer. Unfortunately the first run of them had issues with the joints and the shafts warping. I got my replaced for free and it's been in use as a break cue for me since. During my wait for a replacement I bought another cue (a Viking) and then fitted it with a Predator 314 and eventually a Z^2 shaft. I still use the Thunderbolt as a break cue and it performs great. No more issues with warping and I get a great break everytime. Once in a while I'll pull it out for shooting and it still works pretty good.
02-01-2007, 10:26 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote ArizonaPete:</font><hr> I'm considering buying a Cuetec Thunderbolt cue because of the hype I've read about it and it's within my price range ($150-$200 on e-bay). I would appreciate hearing any pro or con comments. <hr /></blockquote>
Going with the flow is not always a good idea. You can become a victim of MARKETING STRATEGY. Also, careful with E-BAY purchases, a lot of them may not have WARRANTIES. You may want to checkout other online pool shops that offer warranties and special offers like www.billiardwarehouse.com (http://www.billiardwarehouse.com), www.fivestarbilliards.com (http://www.fivestarbilliards.com), www.seyberts.com (http://www.seyberts.com), www.pooldawg.com (http://www.pooldawg.com)
The simplest cues are one of the best cues, of course the quality of wood used is the biggest factor. Always go for wooden shafts since they have better "feel". Check out previous threads here or you may also check out www.easypooltutor.com (http://www.easypooltutor.com) under the CUES & CUE MAKERS Forum so that you'll have an idea what to really look for in a cue.
For that price range, you can get better cues like Schmelkes, Viking, Joss, Lucasi or even customs like Jerico
IMO, as much as possible, try to get a wood-to-wood joint w/ 3/8x10, 3/8x11, or radial pins for better "feel" & grip to the shaft. Try to avoid quick release joints since they are known to have problems later on. If you can a cue without weight bolts, better.
Should you go laminated or solid shaft? There are a lot of things that one cannot do with the other. Some custom cue makers say that a high-quality solid shaft performs as good, or even better, as laminated shafts.
FYI: Don't be fooled that no shaft material will ever warp. Whether it's a fiberglass, laminated, nor solid wooden shaft, they all have the tendency to warp. I know a custom cue maker who has dealt with all of these shaft materials, and they all have the tendency to warp if not cared properly.
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02-03-2007, 03:41 PM
Hey, I thought I may add a little insight on the whole cuetec thing - - I traveled to play 1998 to 2002, and used an old Joss. It broke, and I bought an old Earl Strickland plane jane. As far as dependability, solid hit, and being there for me, it was 100 percent. I did notice myself having to adjust for extreme english, or draw+outside off a frozen to the rail ball.. I continued playing with it as primary cue for a year /w/ decent results, but noticed I played better with a standard shaft, no graphite, glass, etc.
Really, nothing BAD wrong with them, but long english shots, and soft-speed masse, and "more english than speed" shots, They all remain possible, but with more barbaric results. I personally recommend against them, but, to each his own!!!
02-05-2007, 10:13 AM
Hey there A-P, if you really like Pool & you are convinced you are gonna stay with the game, try to find a nice used Custom Production Cue (Schon, Pechauer, McDermott, Huebler or a even a cue made by a custom maker).
The depreciation is gone & probably any warpage too.
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