First Custom Cue - $1200 Budget

AcesHigh08

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Like the title states, I'm looking for a first custom cue. I like merry widow style cues and would like to have cocobolo with a leather wrap or perhaps an ebony wrapless cue with a brown handle section. I don't care for birdseye maple. Looking for either radial or 3/8x10 pin and want it to be a 60" cue and have the ability to take a carbon fiber extension. Looking at Carmeli, Josey, and Nitti. Thanks in advance for your input.
 

David in FL

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All good choices.

You might also consider David Elliot, Nitti’s stepson and protege. Great cues, a bit less expensive than Chris and a much shorter lead time.... for now.
 
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cueman

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Like the title states, I'm looking for a first custom cue. I like merry widow style cues and would like to have cocobolo with a leather wrap or perhaps an ebony wrapless cue with a brown handle section. I don't care for birdseye maple. Looking for either radial or 3/8x10 pin and want it to be a 60" cue and have the ability to take a carbon fiber extension. Looking at Carmeli, Josey, and Nitti. Thanks in advance for your input.
All three are great cue makers. Can't go wrong with either one.
 

Ken_4fun

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I would also include Rick Howard of Mace cues. His cues play incredible, are very reasonable. They are a little tough to pick up on secondary market because folks hang on to them.

IMO, my thoughts on the above cuemakers that Acehigh08 suggested. I absolutely love Nitti cues when they have veneers, he does an excellent job on veneers IMO. But if you are looking for a widow style it makes less important. Hope that makes sense, but I am just trying to help.

Ken
 

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Spend yourself less than a hundo, get a cue that's better made than any of the Kool kids customs, get a players sneaky Pete

Invest your money better or save it for rougher times, is what I'd do
 

David in FL

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Spend yourself less than a hundo, get a cue that's better made than any of the Kool kids customs, get a players sneaky Pete

Invest your money better or save it for rougher times, is what I'd do
I suspect that, like most of us, he’s got plenty of other cheap, playable options.

Some people are at a point financially where they can afford to indulge themselves if they simply want something nicer. Something that makes them smile every time they look at it and/or pick it up to play. He probably isn’t still driving a “perfectly adequate” 2002 Honda Civic either...
 

AcesHigh08

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I suspect that, like most of us, he’s got plenty of other cheap, playable options.

Some people are at a point financially where they can afford to indulge themselves if they simply want something nicer. Something that makes them smile every time they look at it and/or pick it up to play. He probably isn’t still driving a “perfectly adequate” 2002 Honda Civic either...
For sure not driving 2002 Honda Civic. I appreciate the recommendations but think I'll pass on the Players sneaky. Leaning Josey or Nitti. I just picked up a cheap Predator unreleased all black radial butt to play while I decide what to buy. Elliott Cues look cool and there is a sweet wrapless ebony/bubinga for sale at one of the online retailers but it's not 60".
 

HawaiianEye

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Look into Coos cues , I like how He builds Merry Widow cues ,check out he’s videos.
I would also recommend John Chaplin (Coos Cues).

Here is one he made for me last year.

Cocobolo with Sindora burl handle (butt is cored with Purple Heart).

 

9ballscorpion

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Like the title states, I'm looking for a first custom cue. I like merry widow style cues and would like to have cocobolo with a leather wrap or perhaps an ebony wrapless cue with a brown handle section. I don't care for birdseye maple. Looking for either radial or 3/8x10 pin and want it to be a 60" cue and have the ability to take a carbon fiber extension. Looking at Carmeli, Josey, and Nitti. Thanks in advance for your input.

This guy builds an amazing looking cue, and I imagine they hit pretty awesome too.

Dzuricky Custom Cues (dzcues.com)
 

HawaiianEye

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Like the title states, I'm looking for a first custom cue. I like merry widow style cues and would like to have cocobolo with a leather wrap or perhaps an ebony wrapless cue with a brown handle section. I don't care for birdseye maple. Looking for either radial or 3/8x10 pin and want it to be a 60" cue and have the ability to take a carbon fiber extension. Looking at Carmeli, Josey, and Nitti. Thanks in advance for your input.
I have a Mike Gulyassy 60” (50/50 split) Merry Widow made of black and white Ebony with a black leather wrap. It is a PHX design butt and PHX shaft with a Strickland Pro Taper. Mike makes Earl’s cues.

It is around 19-19.5 ounces and has a G-10 pin (3/8x10).

There is no weight bolt or metal in this cue.

I think I will put it in the sale forum shortly. I need to get rid of some cues...no more room to keep storing closet queens.


You can read about PHX here:

 
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Ken_4fun

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Rick Howard. And Cory Barnhart makes some nice Merry Widows.
On my Facebook cue seller page there was a wrapless Cory Barnhart for sale for $700. It looked really nice. Kevin Stier was the seller. I dont know Kevin or the cue, just passing it along.

It sounded to me like a good deal. But dont take my word for it, check it out yourself.

Ken
 

14.1'er

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For sure not driving 2002 Honda Civic. I appreciate the recommendations but think I'll pass on the Players sneaky. Leaning Josey or Nitti. I just picked up a cheap Predator unreleased all black radial butt to play while I decide what to buy. Elliott Cues look cool and there is a sweet wrapless ebony/bubinga for sale at one of the online retailers but it's not 60".
I own both, and play with a Josey Widow. I have never played with a better playing cue in my 50 years of playing.
 

LHP5

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What’s crazy is that $1200 may not actually buy all that much new from relatively known cue makers. Maybe just a merry widow with a wrap and choice of woods? If you’re looking for a deal then used is the way to go. Honestly, I would only go custom if I wanted to spend at a minimum $2,000 and already knew exactly what I wanted from weight of butt, weight of shaft, butt/handle diameter (super important to me), woods used, veneer colors, type of wrap, etc. If I had like ~$1,000 then I’d be looking at Pred, Mezz, Pechauer, or a used custom. Even used though can get pricey and may not be what you want.
 
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