Recollection Cues

Collectible Cues, Cases & Quality Players


Once again, we've been able to buy a rare old Ginacue from a private collection to make available to our customers.  This one was made in 2005, so it is 13 years old.  And although one shaft shows a slight bit of play, the other appears to be unplayed, and the butt only shows a slight bit of wear.  

This cue is a unique twist on one of Ernie's most popular designs, the 13E, commonly referred to as the "Rasputin" design.  What makes it unusual is the long snakewood points buried in the ebony nose and butt sleeve (rather than ivory), and the snakewood cloverleaves at the end of each point.  This stick is the very definition of classy.  Also, the ringwork is different than his standard Rasputin design.

This stick was obviously built to a special order.  Not only is the choice of woods unique, the rings are unusual.  Above and below the wrap are colorful inlaid rings, and at the joint and on the shaft ring collars are double silver rings.

The snakewood in this cue is gorgeous; however, the wrap is exceptional.  I've only seen this color of leather once or twice before, and on this cue, it is outstanding.  It's a beautiful merlot brown elephant wrap, expertly applied.  It really makes this cue something special. 

Most of you have seen Ernie's Rasputin cues before, and this one, like the others, has the stacked multi-color inlays between the points, going both up and down.  Ernie describes them as "As all prongs are separated by ivory inlays capped with rainbow shaped colored veneers framed in (snakewood)."  It's difficult to describe how classy this cue looks with the ebony and snakewood.

Each of the six snakewood points is tipped with a snakewood clover leaf - a classic Gutierrez touch.

With an ivory joint, ivory wedges between the points, and ivory ferrules, this cue reeks of class and a time when only the best materials were used in cues.  This stick is a classic, and impossible to have made these days.

As with all Ginacues, his logo is engraved in the butt cap, and inside the joint.  Also engraved in the joint is the serial number of the cue and the date it was built.  It is also "shadow signed" in the nose under the finish.

I wanted to provide a good picture of the shafts to show what I mean by "slightly played" with regard to the shafts.  Close examination shows that the top shaft has been very slightly used.  The bottom shaft appears to be unplayed.  Both are perfect, and this cue is as dead straight as any I have ever put in my cue roller - pretty incredible for a cue 13 years old.  (I have a cue roller built with precision steel bearings that shows even the slightest wobble in shafts and butts.)

It is built with Ernie's standard 5/16X14 steel pin that he uses exclusively.  It has a solid ivory joint which hits surprisingly soft.  It has ivory ferrules and I'm not sure what kind of tips, although they are layered.  (I had to hit a few balls with this cue when I got it, and it hits great!)

One special note about this cue - I don't think the joint protector on the butt is an original Ginacue protector.  It looks like Ernie's traditional "shark tooth" design, but I don't think it was made by Ernie.  I'm not sure, but that's my opinion.  It's still nice, and looks great on the cue, but the finish on it is a little rough.  The shaft protectors are definitely all Ginacue.

This cue weighs 19.1 ounces. It comes with the two shafts and an original Whitten Ginacue case with the logo, in black smooth leather.  

There are two slight blemishes in the finish on the butt.  One just above the wrap, and one just below.  You have to look hard to find either of them, and they are so slight they won't show in pictures.  Even taking these two small blemishes into consideration, I still rate this cue as "excellent" in overall condition.
This is a rare opportunity to get a classic cue from perhaps the greatest cuemaker of all time.  It is in excellent condition and is a very unique design.  And of course, the materials in it cannot be matched today in a new build.