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Expensive Pool Cues

Updated on September 22, 2011

What Makes a Cue More Expensive?

The choice of materials used in the construction of the cue butt and the artistry of the design can lead to cues of great beauty and high price. Good quality pool cues are customarily made from straight grained hard rock maple wood, especially the shaft. Snooker cues, by contrast, are almost always made of ash wood, although you might come across one with a maple shaft. Maple is stiffer than ash, and cheaper.

Cues are not always for play, some are purely collectible and can reach prices of tens of thousands of dollars for the materials they are made of and their exquisite craftsmanship. There have been a number of famous cue makers over the years. Among the most famous are George Balabushka, Herman Rambow, John Parris (Church Vale, London), Hunt & O'Byrne (Butler's Wharf, London), Palmer, Longoni, Samsara, Southwest, and Szamboti whose cues are often very valuable to collectors.

Competitors of custom cue makers and mass-production manufacturers usually try to make cues look like they are made of expensive materials by using overlays and decals. Although these deter the cost of the cues, they do not degrade the cue's effectiveness in gameplay.

Another mark of quality is the precision that inlays are set in the wood. High quality inlays are set perfectly in the wood without any extra space to be filled; they are also perfectly symmetrical on all sides as well as clean cut so that the points are sharp and not rounded. The use of machines has aided much in the production of high quality inlays as well as other ornaments.

Joss N7 The Color of Money Pool Cue Stick

$860.00

If you're a fan of the classic Scorsese movie The Color of Money, you'll instantly recognize this pool cue. The cue in the film is not a Balabushka as Vincent (Tom Cruise) states, but rather a beautiful Joss cue. Classic in design, this cue features mother of pearl inlays in the points and the ebony butt displays mother of pearl inlays with ivorine inlays. This cue is truly a classic.

Meucci Cues 2103 Meucci cues are built with one priority in mind - give every player more power with less effort. Using the proprietary Myth Destroyer testing robot Meucci builds shafts and butts that are more flexible causing less cue ball deflection. Unique joint and ferrule design allow for maximum performance with minimum effort and the butt splice design increases amplification of stroke while diminishing warpage. Meucci's are the only cues balanced far enough back for automatic grip positioning every time. Features: -Comes with one of our famous black dot Bullseye shafts. -Shaft: Hard rock maple (29" long). -14.5 - 16" pro taper. -Joint: Flat faced wood-to-wood with 5/16 x 18 pin. -12.75 mm medium - hard Lepro tip and poly carbonate ferrule. -Collar: Imitation ebony encasing aluminum and ivory rings with aluminum veneer blocks. -Plate: Cream composite with black Meucci logo. -Bumper: Basic push in rubber. -Everlock interchangeable weight system from 18 - 21 oz.. -Forearm: Imitation ivory with six recessed brilliant blue Paua shell recessed points with a white crimshaw design. -Eurothane coated black Irish wrap encased by Imitation ivory, aluminum and black rings with aluminum veneer blocks. -Sleeve: Imitation ivory with six recessed brilliant blue Paua shell recessed points with a white scrimshaw design. -Encased by imitation ebony, aluminum, and black rings with aluminum veneer blocks. -Black dot shaft is 35 pieces of wood spliced together one on top of the other and then turned down into the shape of a shaft.

This pool cue definitely stands out from the crowd. The forearm, butt sleeve, and butt plate are all ivory-colored. The polished Irish linen wraps are green with white specks. On the forearm are four floating points of a green pearlescent material. These points are outlined in black. The butt sleeve is decorated with matching green pearl inlays, outlined in black. This pool cue has a white hard rock maple shaft, 13 mm linen fibre ferrule, and a Le Pro tip. The joint is a matching ivory-like material. There are silver rings on either side of the joint and at the butt cap. It comes with joint protectors. Blaze cues are well-balanced for solid hit control.

Lucasi Hybrid Cue - LHF46

This Lucasi Hybrid Cue brings us an intricate detail look with classic styling, along with the Hybrid technology that Lucasi has been known for. It features a Cocobola Fire design against a titanium white poly and on the back-end a Fusion G5 Grip wrap, triple silver rings, stainless steel joint with Uni-Loc system and slimline stainless steel butt cap. The following details the technology featured in a Lucasi Hybrid Cue:

Lucasi Cue - LEX50

Lucasi pool cues are built for performance providing every player with a solid hit for even the most discriminating player.& When you compare the quality craftsmanship, and innovative designs, Lucasi comes out on top every time.& This billiard cue features: Cocobolo with 4 Points Faux Ivory and Deep Teal Inlays Black and Blue Irish Linen Wrap 15" Pro Taper Shaft Moori Medium Tip Ivorine III Ferrule Uni-loc Quick Release Joint 58" Cue LIFETIME WARRANTY against manufacturer defects and warping.& Excludes tip, wrap and bumper.

Viking Cue - G50

Play with a Viking pool cue. Having a great pool cue can significantly improve performance whether you are new to the game or a seasoned player. Thats why more people are choosing a Viking pool stick to maximize their game and make more trips to the winners circle.& A stick with American craftsmanship and a Lifetime Warranty that includes warpage. This billiard cue features: Black-colored butt sleeve and points Bird's-eye maple forearm Stain #2-Natural Mirror inlays and in points Maple rings in butt sleeve and joint Black- and Ivory-colored dashed ringsin butt sleeve and joint Linen wrap #28-black with silver specks Joint A Quick Release - Implex to implex joint (provides a soft hit) 58" cue Standard 13mm Le Pro Tip

Viking Cue - G08

$192.00

Play with a Viking pool cue. Having a great pool cue can significantly improve performance whether you are new to the game or a seasoned player. That's why more people are choosing a Viking pool stick to maximize their game and make more trips to the winners circle. A stick with American craftsmanship and a Lifetime Warranty.

Viking Cue - G04

$164.00

Play with a Viking pool cue. Having a great pool cue can significantly improve performance whether you are new to the game or a seasoned player. That's why more people are choosing a Viking pool stick to maximize their game and make more trips to the winners circle. A stick with American craftsmanship and a Lifetime Warranty.

Viking Cue - G01-NA

Viking cues come in a 58" standard length, with a French Le Pro tip. Weights range between 18-21 ounces and shaft diameters from 12-13 millimeters. We can custom-craft a Viking cue to your specifications, or help you choose from a variety of options for any cue Viking builds.

Consider these options to make your cue uniquely yours:

Linen wraps, vinyl accents, or pearl highlights

Stains (available with maple and bird's-eye maple)

Over length shafts and butts (other than standard)

Weights lighter than 18 oz or heavier than 21 oz

Shaft sizes smaller than 12 mm or larger than 13 mm

No wrap

Extra shafts

Engravings

An Amazon reviewer says: "This pool cue is very pretty featuring a unique and intricate design, this will make a great gift for the pool aficionado. This is a two piece cue with the tang on the bottom, different but not distracting. It had nice heft and felt good in the hand. The wrap is good quality leather and seems well stitched. Overall, a very pretty cue and it will definitely draw attention."

Over the holidays, everyone that came over went straight for this cue. Several people used it, male and female, and all had favorable comments. It felt good for everyone. Would highly recommend.

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      AkashPrasad 4 years ago

      Thanks for posting an interesting lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow, I'd have guessed $200 to be steep. Another lesson learned: There is a luxury version of anything.

      BTW: Interesting to see what actually makes these cues so special.

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      ladykida 6 years ago

      Makes me wonder what my cue is worth! Awesome lens!

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      adamfrench 6 years ago

      Impressive lens, thumbs up