Recollection Cues

Collectible Cues, Cases & Quality Players


These jump/breaks from Josh Treadway are the result of more than three years' work and research on building a JB with just the right weight, balance and hit. He has put prototypes in the hands of a number of good players for input, making numerous adjustments along the way.  The result is a JB cue that feels good in your hands, looks good, crushes the ball on the break and jumps like a jack rabbit.

You might call this batch of cues his "2.0" release.  Since the production of his first JBs, he has made a few changes based on input from his earlier release.  He has retained all the positive features of his original design and made a few adjustments that make them even better.

Each cue is constructed of solid maple to help keep them light.  They are extra stiff, resulting in minimal loss of energy when breaking and jumping.  The nose is designed to be extremely light for excellent performance jumping  (even lighter now than with his earlier JBs), while the weight has been moved a little further back.

He is now making some with traditional shafts, and some with low deflection shafts.  They all break well, and are terrific jumpers.

Each of these cues is an all-maple cue with the exception of the points.  The black portions are stained black and then heavily finished so that they will withstand the wear and tear that break cues are exposed to.  Part of this is to help keep the cues light (particularly the jump portion) and also the keep the cost down.  On sight, it looks like an ebony butt.  The points are inlaid, but made of black phenolic.

One of the goals in building these cues was to keep the jump butt portion and the shaft weighing no more than about 10 ounces.  The key to a great jump cue is being light.  The other components, of course, is a good stiff shaft and hard tip.  These cues have all three key components.

The ferrules are of LBM (hit a little crisper and more durable than Juma), and use Gator tips made by Andy Gilbert.  These tips are double pressed and soaked in something Andy won't reveal (knowing Andy, it's probably beer!).  The result is a super-hard hit that is considered by many to be the best JB tip on the market.

All of these cues are 4-pointers, and all have ebony colored butts.  The noses (also maple) are naturally finished, with inlaid phenolic points.  They all have a nice heavy finish that will stand up over time under normal wear.  He also adds a black phenolic butt cap for durability (for those of you who may have a tendency to cram the cue into the floor whenever you scratch), and a matching black phenolic joint.

To dress these up he adds a nice set of rings at the butt cap and joint, and on the shaft ring collar.  It's a nice check pattern of ebony and Juma and provides a great highlight to the look of the cue.

Like many of you, I play pool on an almost everyday basis.  I am always amazed that a lot of players - even good players - will use an old cheap playing cue as their break cue.  I assume it's because they're either too tight to buy a cue just for breaking, or they just don't understand the difference.  
Playing cues are not engineered to break.  It's as simple as that.  They aren't stiff enough, they don't hit hard enough, they lose too much energy on impact with the cue ball, and they aren't balanced in the same way.  
If you don't have a dedicated break cue that is MADE to break, you're not making the most of the ONE shot that is always the same in pool ... the break shot.  I've had pro players tell me they practice their break shot for 6-8 hours before a major tournament.  This is all because it's the only shot in pool that you can count on to come up every game.  It's far too important to not take full advantage of.  Every serious player - at any level - needs a dedicated break cue that is designed specifically for breaking.

The whole idea of a different sort of taper for JBs is to achieve a stiffness that normal cues don't have.  Aside from the loss of energy that comes with a normal cue, part of the idea is to create a jump stick that has a little less "spray" when the cue ball hits the rack, and is (theoretically) less likely to cause the cue ball to jump off the table.  This may be a big plus for someone who tends to overstroke the ball on the break and has a tendency to create chaos among the spectators at the other end of the room as they dive for cover.

Below are pictures of the most recent batch of these cues we have received.  Three are wrapless and two have nice leather wraps. 

Here the weights of the five cues now in stock:
#1:  18.8 oz  Sold!
#2:  19.1 oz  Sold!
#3:  19.3 oz  Sold!
#4:  18.7 oz  Sold!
#5:  19.6 oz  Sold!


More pics of the JBs currently in stock ...

Notice that on the three wrapless versions the maple in the noses looks to be very lightly stained.  On the two leather wrapped versions, the wood is natural color.  Number 5 has a bit more birdseye in it than the others.

Without leather ...

With Leather ...


WRAPLESS:  $450 Plus $25 Shipping
LEATHER WRAPS: $550 Plus Shipping