Famous Billiard cuemaker series – Ernie
Gutierrez, The Glory of Biliiard cues,
you are in America, just the name Gina billiard Cues will led you talk to any enthusiast for hours. Actually not just
in America, in fact Gina Billiard Cue Stick is famed in all parts of
the world. Ernie Gutierrez loves the sports of billiards, till 1961,
his passion for billiards grew
tremendously that he decided to set up a billiard cue stick repair shop
in Los Angeles, that was how most of the great masters started.
His first break came when Willie Hoppe drop by to let Ernie Gutierrez
repair his Brunswick billiard cue stick, whom Willie Hoppea professional
player was endorsed by Brunswick. This decided his future in making billiard cue stick.
During that time,
great cuemakers include, Harvey Martin from Los Angeles, Herman Rambow
from Chicago and Frank Paradise; because of the movie “The Hustler”,
it has exploded an interest in the sport in billiards, thus led to
a great conversion of billiard enthusiasts and the billiard industry
Because of the passion
in designing his billiard cue stick and the knowledge in making billiard
cue stick, it gave him an added boost in his confidence which led
hime to produce his own billiard cue stick at the garage of his home.
He named his billiard cue stick, Gina Cues, after his 6 days old daughter.
This started the era of Gina Cues, Ernie never stop selling his billiard
cue stick all over L.A.. Because no one is willing to fork out 3 to
4 times the cost of an ordinary billiard cue stick than a handmade
one, his sales was not doing too well, one of the factor is that Ernie
is not famous. But this did not stop Ernie from realising his dreams,
he knew in order to be famous, he need to produce a materpiece for
the world to see.
Finally in 1966,
Ernie produce the one of the finest billiard cue
the world to see. This masterpiece marked the new benchmark at that
time even till now in terms of skills and technology. It is a silver
8 point billiard cue stick, wrap is made of ivory and even the decorative
ornaments are highly detailed by silver craftmanship. One of the
special part of the billiards cue stick is the box, it is made of
the same highly detailed ivory design as the billiard cue stick. At
the lauch of the billiard cue stick, the price of it was sold at US$3500,
back in 1993, the price grew to US$65,000. But now, the price of the
billiard cue stick has shot up to US$100,000 and no discount!
After that, his
fame travelled fast, his fame doubled when a professional player Richie
Florence used his billiard cue stick to win victories. His orders
starts to multiply, the fame of his billiard cue stick travelled so
far and wide even hollywood stars want him to make billiard cue stick
In 1970, Ernie Gutierrez
started using lots of ivory for his billiard cue stick, precious metal
and precious stones are also used, of course this drives uo the price
of the billiard cue stick to US$1000 per piece, which is an exorbitant
price range at that time.
In the mid of 1973,
Ernie suddenly gave up making billiard cue stick, he diversify his
attention to designing sports cars and planes, he even designed the
injection system of a Lola car for Indy 500 series. Even though he
has left the cuemaking career for 15 years, deep inside him, he knew
he will return someday.
In 1988, Ernie finally
reopen his cuemaking business in North Hollywood, Vineland Avenue.
This time he has changed the way he design billiard cue stick, he
has combined his knowledge of making billiard cue stick and his knowledge
in engineering (when he diverted his business), to set a new benchmark.
The new generation of billiard cue stick is much more superior in
quality and detail compared to those in the 60's and 70's. Although
Ernie has been improving in his skills and technology, he still made
his billiard cue stick in his old garage and named it “Brutus”.
Between 1961 to
1973, Ernie starts to engraved Gina Cue on all his billiard cue stick.
In 1988, he uses the initial of GC for the logo of the billiard cues
he made. In the 90's, Ernie use to deisgn and make pricey billiard
cue stick for collectors and cuemakers alike, his billiard cue stick
normally sells for tens of thousands of dollars. In 1991, Ernie arrived
in Taiwan for the first ever Taiwan World Competition, with businessman
Vince Tedesco to promote Gina Cue. At that time, the price of the
non-ivory, four point billiard cues go for a whopping US$1,875.82.
Ernie Gutierrez is
a rare talent and a great master in his own class, and in 1944 he was
listed in American Cuemaker's Association as a master in cuemaking.
the honour, famous cuemakers often went to Ernie for comments on their
newly produced billiard cue stick. In America, Ernie Gutierrez was
said to be the new generation after George
Balabushka and Gus Szamboti.
Actually in the 90's, C.N.C. Computer lathe has been used to laser cut
those intricate details achieving point to point with a tolerance of lesser
than 0.1mm. Thus all can see that the revolution of cuemaking has been
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