Cue terminology

Toxictom

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I know what a Sneaky Pete is, what is a Merry Widow?
I also know what points refer to on a cue, but what are some other terms that are germane to cuemaking and billiards?
 

qbilder

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A merry widow basically means a basic cue with no points. I have seen cues with inlays in the butt sleeve still called merry widows, but generally a merry widow is no points & no inlays.
 

shakes

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A merry widow basically means a basic cue with no points. I have seen cues with inlays in the butt sleeve still called merry widows, but generally a merry widow is no points & no inlays.

I thought a merry widow was a one piece butt (same wood the full length of the butt). I thought a plain jane was a 3 piece basic cue (forearm and butt sleeve are the same type of wood, with some sort of wrap linen or leather).
 

qbilder

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I thought a merry widow was a one piece butt (same wood the full length of the butt). I thought a plain jane was a 3 piece basic cue (forearm and butt sleeve are the same type of wood, with some sort of wrap linen or leather).

Technically, a merry widow is a lingerie garment where the bottom is covered but the top is not. It's also the name of an opera. But as I understand it in cue terminology, it's just a P/J. It is cue terminology so nothing is really set in stone or standard. It's unfortunate because it does cause confusion. I have always heard the 3-piece plain janes called either a plain jane, or a merry widow. Much like a sneaky pete is often also called a conversion. Tomato potato
 

ratcues

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I thought a merry widow was a one piece butt (same wood the full length of the butt). I thought a plain jane was a 3 piece basic cue (forearm and butt sleeve are the same type of wood, with some sort of wrap linen or leather).

^^THIS^^ You can also look it up in the Billiard Encyclopedia.
 

Worminator

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pdcue

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I thought a merry widow was a one piece butt (same wood the full length of the butt). I thought a plain jane was a 3 piece basic cue (forearm and butt sleeve are the same type of wood, with some sort of wrap linen or leather).

A Merry Widow is a cue without points in the forearm.

"Plain Jane" is an alternative term for Merry Widow. Some Janes are far from plain.

Dale
 

JoeyInCali

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I thought a merry widow was a one piece butt (same wood the full length of the butt). I thought a plain jane was a 3 piece basic cue (forearm and butt sleeve are the same type of wood, with some sort of wrap linen or leather).

I agree. :D
 
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