Mike Sigel Custom Cue

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General Cue Description-

Mike Sigel was arguably one of the best pool players in the history of the sport. Late in his pool-playing career he decided to take his playing knowledge and experience to cue making. This example is a clear departure from the traditional cue stick formula. The base wood is Cocobolo, which on the butt is inlaid with ivory points and solid gold dots. In a traditional cue stick, the short ivory points in the butt would be complimented by long ivory points in the forearm. Sigel ignored this tradition and placed even shorter ivory points in the forearm above the wrap, also inlaid with gold dots. Sigel did however play on the long-and-short point theme, but by reversing them so that they emanate from the joint. At first glance, it may appear that the Cocobolo is oddly spliced with strange long points. The illusion is supported by Sigel’s choice of wood for the reversed points. Curly Satinwood is similar to curly maple, which is sometimes used as a forearm wood. Each point is also inlaid with a small ivory point.

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Dick Abbott

Dick Abbott

This cue is somewhat a departure from the majority of Mike’s cues and I like it. The one design element prevalent in most cues ever made is the “point”. How can you create another cue with points that is easily identifiable from the multitude of others? Look at the photos, Mr. Sigel has succeeded. Nice cue but not a monster. Icicles

Fred Agnir

Fred Agnir

If this cue plays well, I think many players would be happy to own it. There are a few artistic ideas that Sigel attempted that I find interesting. The reverse points at the collar and the butt sleeve are fairly unique, while the shorter forearm ivory points are a nice twist. However, it seems like what is happening at the collar end of the forearm is an after thought of the rest of the cue. It’s a cue full of inlaid points that is missing other technique and design elements (like rings). If this was Sigel’s first cue, it might receive higher ratings. But, there isn’t much here to consider it a Monster.

Deno J. Andrews

Deno Andrews

I really appreciate where Sigel was going with this cue. At the time it was designed, it was a serious departure from the norm. From a design standpoint, I believe the risk paid off. The cue is fresh, interesting, and thought-provoking. Sigel’s choice of materials (and the color scheme) works for my tastes. The rings don’t match the cue well and a brown leather wrap might look better. Finally, a tighter radius on the inlays would have finished the cue for me. Not a Monster, but close for me.

Jimbo- Jim Brennan

JimBo

I think Captain Hook along with Efren are the 2 greatest players of my lifetime, they have both had a huge impact on my pool playing career. That being said I don’t believe it translates into cues. I don’t believe all cues on this site needs to be super high end, but I just don’t see anything in this cue that warrants it’s appearance here. Bad choice of woods, rounded points, and the wrap just doesn’t fit the cue. I’d rather have Mike’s autograph on a Q-ball not even close to Monster.

Jim Stadum

Jim Stadum

Mike Sigel was one of the greatest pool players that ever lived. Being a great pool player does not make one a great cuemaker. It does however help with sales and marketing. The design is different and I do appreciate that. I do not think the cue has a good overall flow. The rings don’t match the design. The Ivory inlays above the wrap seem to be too short and fat and are disproportionate with the inlays in the butt. A different wrap choice might have helped the look of the cue. I personally would rather watch Mike run racks than look at this cue.

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5 comments to Cue #50) Mike Sigel Custom Cue

  • The cue’s design seems out of proportion to me… can’t imagine anyone voting this cue as a monster.

    On the other hand, I have played with a couple Mike’s cues and really liked the feel of this cues and the way they moved the cue ball.

  • billyards

    One of the great pleasures of my billiards experience has been to see Mike run 150 and out. It gives me goosebumps everytime I see the video. This cue gives me goosebumps, but not the warm and fuzzy variety.

    The design just does not flow for my eye. I am drawn to gaping spaces and unbalanced areas of the cue. I like the ringwork at the joint, but the rest of the cue falls a little flat because of the lack of creativity and unity of design. I respect that he tried some un-traditional elements in the cue, but when doing that, you must have a tight tight design to pull it off.

    The woods look great and I am guessing the cue looks better in person, but this is not a monster for me. My guess is that Mike has better cues that could have been shown here. I think I will stick with my memories of his artistic creations at the table, not in the shop.

  • shoutout33

    I have mixed emotions about the cue. I’ve never hit with one of Mike’s cues, and in some ways don’t care to. (Personal reasons mind you…) I like the design in the butt, and towards the bottom of the forearm, but after that, my eyes get lost or go crazy. I guess I’m saying the design doesn’t flow well for me, but part of the design I really like. I really can do without the reverse points at the top of the forearm…really, really weird for me. Throws me off tons. Even if I want to play with the cue, aesthetically, I don’t think I could do it. A cue has to feel and look right, for me to play with it. Dennis Searing explained that to me a while back. You could have a cue that plays lights out, but if it doesn’t look right to you, you won’t play your best; however, if you have a cue that plays a notch down from the other, but you love the look of the cue, you’ll shoot lights out with it. Or something like that. :p It’s not a monster by any means, but it is still a nice cue.

  • Drawman623

    I think it is appropriate to bring up Mike’s name when discussing the best players ever. Jimbo also named Mr. Reyes who, in a provate moment, once told me that Mike Sigel was the greatest player he had ever seen. So given these extraordinary endorsements, I am eager to know how Mike’s talent has led to qualitative design changes in his cue construction. I like the understated points when presenting an exotic wood, and I appreciate that he bookmatched the figure in the curly satinwood. As a box cue collector, departure from the norm is my norm so to speak, but I need more than “World Champion Enough Said” to pursuade me here.

  • FAST_N_LOOSE

    LAME!

    THAT’S ALL.

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