View Full Version : What Are Your Favorite Cue Stick Designs?

04-18-2003, 11:47 AM
What are some of your favorite cue stick designs? Regardless of whether you would buy it or not because of price or any other factor. I like the Bird's-eye Maple/ Red Asian Coral/Malachite for $2450 by Jacoby on this page (http://www.madsensbilliards.com/specials.htm) This fanciful cue has bright and colorful accents made from natural materials grounded in basic white and framed in black, all set into two complimentary woods, with the forearm wood flaming. I might want the colors different unless I just wanted to play with it around Christmastime. Probably have some tourquouis thrown in there.

04-18-2003, 12:09 PM
I've never seen a designer better than Joe Gold.


I really love his design work. Captain Bob Manzino is also extremely imaginative.

Richard Black Cues. The Sceptre. Sexy, sexy, cue.



04-18-2003, 12:32 PM
First, any Gina, but especially the ones like the one at:


And I think that Paul Fanelli has some knockout designs at:


Basically, I'm a sucker for butterfly points (and any Gina!)--especially when they're between pointy points. There are lots of nice designs, but I'm not crazy about stuff that screams CNC; I don't have anything against CNC machined cues, but I don't like some of the designs that are so intricate that only a machine could do it.

04-18-2003, 01:02 PM
It looks like I'm alone in that I like a more classic traditional design like a Szamboti.


04-18-2003, 02:47 PM
I'm old-fashioned when it comes to cue designs. I prefer my points to be ABOVE the wrap and easily divisible by the number 4. The bottom of the points also start where the wrap begins, too. And there are 4 veneers over each point.

Other than that, I'm easy.


04-18-2003, 04:18 PM
Simple cues. No inlanys. Some ringwork like a Southwest. Nice natural wood combinations with 6 alternating hi/lo points with a few alternating light/dark veneers.

....Did I mention that I dye my shaft wood blue so I don't have to worry about chalk marks....LOL J/K

John G
04-18-2003, 04:56 PM
I'm very proud of this cue. 8 Ebony in Curly maple with Ivory butt, joint, ferrules and inlays with silver rings /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif and it hits even better then it looks.
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04-18-2003, 10:41 PM
I think those are all way too gaudy. Hurts my eyes so much, I can't appreciate the work that went into them.

Don't like linen, either. What the heck. Give me a decent house cue and some Scotchbrite to make it slippery and I'm happy.

04-19-2003, 01:19 AM
Looks like you got a lot of flames on that maple, John, although I guess you can't tell for sure unless you move it back and forth. I like flame maple and birdseye maple. Is it hard to find maple with the flames? What does that come from anyway?

John G
04-19-2003, 09:45 AM
Hi Tom, yes it has an iridescent look without the rainbow
when it turns. Shows a lot of movement. It's hard to find
good curly but even harder to find Birdseye with a lot of eyes. I've got some OK birdseye but there are some guys that
have some dense with eyes. I envy them /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif.

It all comes from the sugar maple (Acer saccharum). A small percentage of the trees will produce the special figures.
The tree grows in every state east of the Great Plains except three. John G

John G
04-19-2003, 09:59 AM
Well Johnny. folk like you make it a lot easier on folk like me. I'll bet a lot of guys would make cues a lot plainer if they could sell them. The problem is with the
advent of production cues and machine repeatable designs
nearly everyone wants inlays.

I agree it doesn't make a cue play any better and if not done with care and pre thought can actually make one play worse. John G

04-19-2003, 10:50 AM
I agree UWP, and also with Barbara. Cues have a special quality when they are elegant yet simple, dark wood butts and 4 points, no wrap. My cherry wood Woodsworth w/o wrap is my favorite, even though I do play with a real fancy McDermott, supposedly retailed at $2500 if finished to it's intended detail. I also like several of the older Southwest designs I've seen...sid

04-19-2003, 11:06 PM
When it comes to cues, less is more. (SP's rule) I look for quality wood and construction not fancy inlay. I believe that wood itself provides some of the best design. My favorite cue makers are Samsara and Cousins (Gary Wright).

04-20-2003, 02:10 AM
All Richard Black cues!

04-20-2003, 09:47 AM
My personal preference is simple designs with beautiful wood. I prefer ring work that accents the wood rather than inlays that might distract the eyes from the wood.

04-20-2003, 10:51 AM
My favorite designs are by Keith Josey. You can check out his cues at http://www.joseycues.com/. Buyer Beware, His cues hit very very stiff.

04-20-2003, 02:58 PM
I dont like Meuccis in general but my favorite design is this bad boy here ---&gt; gem-cue &lt;--- (http://www.meuccicues.com/meucci_gem_cue.htm)

04-20-2003, 10:58 PM
Click on the link for photos of my favorites. The Ebony &amp; Ivory Schon CX 02 and the Schon LTD are my two favorite production cues.
My newest cue is the Tim Scruggs that arrived last week. It was built to my specs with the big pin, flat faced joint and hits like a dream. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif my favorite 3 (http://photos.yahoo.com/bc/ripsstuff2003/vwp?.dir=/My+Photos/Cues&amp;.dnm=Schons+Scruggs.jpg&amp;.view=t)


Rich R.
04-21-2003, 07:10 AM
Hi Rip,
I'm happy to see that you finaly got the Scruggs.
How do you like it so far?
Is it everything you expected?
I am eager to hear your impressions.

04-21-2003, 07:37 AM
As others have commented, Tim is great to work with and he has the patience of a saint.

When I first unwrapped the cue it was obvious the work was done by a true craftsman. The fit and finish is impressive and the best way to describe the hit is 'solid and quiet'.

He installed a Sniper tip on one shaft and a Triangle on the other. His choice of shaft wood and curly maple also put a smile on my face.

I'm a happy camper!

Rich R.
04-21-2003, 05:12 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Rip:</font><hr>I'm a happy camper!
/ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gifRip <hr /></blockquote>
I'm very happy to hear that you are pleased.
I hope you enjoy the cue for a long time. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif