Recollection Cues

Collectible Cues, Cases & Quality Players

ANDY GILBERT
FANCY SOUTHWESTERN DESIGN CUE
WITH MATCHING WHITTEN CASE

Here is an Andy Gilbert masterpiece - a cue built with somewhat of a Southwestern design and among some of the fancier cues he has built.  It is not quite a true Native-American design, but close.

This cue comes with a bonus - a specially made matching Whitten case with inlay work matching the cue itself.  The case hand built by Joe Whitten, using a large inlay pattern made by Andy.  If you're looking for something unique, and just plain beautiful, this matching case is about as good as it gets.

This is a one-owner cue, made in 2006 and still unchalked and unplayed.  It's in immaculate condition and is a fine example of what Andy Gilbert can build when he sets his sights high.

The design on this one is very interesting.  It's a four point cue - four long going up and four short going down - with a Chicago-style front.  Plus, he uses three different woods.  It is a solid ebony cue, with cocobolo points, and bloodwood wedges between the points to form the "Chicago-style" look.

To tie it all together, he uses lots of ivory, and then a series of pink ivorywood inlays.  It's a complex pattern, with a ton of work.  It could easily have become too "busy", but instead it all comes together extremely well.

Being a solid ebony cue, it hits solid, and with the resonance that you would expect.  This is definitely a great playing cue.  Andy built his reputation making solid cues for solid players, and fortunately never forgot that when he started building higher-end cues like this one.

This stick is built with a three-piece handle, again, all of ebony.  In each section he repeats an elaborate inlay pattern using ivory and pink ivorywood.  Lots of inlays, and a lot of time and work in this stick.  Keep in mind Andy is "old school" ... he builds his sticks using only a pantograph, not a CNC machine.

He uses two different sets of rings, one set at the butt, above and below the handle, at the joint, on the shaft ring collars and on the joint protectors.  Then, to separate the three handle segments, he uses a different set.  As I said, lots of work in this stick.

As you would expect, he builds it with a solid ivory butt cap (matching the ivory joint).  And, as with most of his sticks, he engraves his name and the date the cue was made.)

There is a big, big bonus with this stick.  The original owner had a custom-built Whitten case made as a home for this special cue.  He had Andy build a separate set of inlays mounted in ebony specifically to be inlaid in a nice case.  Then, he sent the inlays to Joe Whitten, and had them inlaid into a beautiful burgundy 1X2 Whitten case.  (The original owner told me he had over a $1000 in the case alone.)

This case is the absolute perfect match for this cue - brilliantly conceived and exquisitely built.

He builds it with a solid ivory flat-faced joint with a 3/8X10 steel pin.  It comes with two new, unplayed 13mm shafts with ivory ferrules and the original LePro tips.

As you would expect with such a high-end cue, he builds a very nice set of joint protectors with matching wood, ivory inlays, and engraved ivory caps and matching ringwork.

This cue is 58 inches long, and weighs either 20.1 oz, or 20.3 oz, depending on which shaft you use (B=16.4, S#1=3.7, S#2=3.9).  A little on the heavy side, but with all the dense ebony in this stick I'm sure he made it as light as he could.   A nice trade-off, I think, because of the super-solid all ebony hit.

Finding a beautiful matching Gilbert cue and Whitten case like this, in new and immaculate condition after 15 years, is a rare find and an opportunity not to be overlooked.   This is a gorgeous stick.

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