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Maker of pool cues from 1992 to present in Carson City, Nevada.
Bobby Hunter is probably best known as the 1990 Straight Pool World Champion and as one of the top nine-ball players in the world. He fell in love with the game of pool as a teenager and was fascinated with the level of workmanship that went into the best custom cues of the day. At the age of nineteen, Bob traveled from his home town of Grand Rapids, Michigan to Brooklyn, New York to try to convince George Balabushka to build him a cue. He remembers George asking him about some of the players of the time such as Ritchie Ambrose and Jim Rempe. When George realized that Bob was a serious player, he agreed to make a cue for him.
Bob played on the road and in the occasional tournament throughout the 1970s. At a Burlington, Iowa tournament in 1974, he met cue maker Bill Stroud. He was impressed with the fine workmanship, and ended up ordering a Joss West cue from Bill. Bob played with Joss West cues for the next 18 years.
Bob decided to start doing some repair work on cues in 1980. He bought a lathe that was perfect for repairs but was not sufficient for making cues. After a short time, he closed his small shop to return to playing pool. In the eighties Bob was winning major tournaments leading up to his world championship victory in 1990.
In 1992, Bob became interested in building cues again. He talked to Joe Gold (Cognoscenti), and decided to make cues on his own, and completed his first cue in 1992. Bob´s first few cues were unmarked and about five had spliced points. Early cues had a screw above the wrap instead of the wood tenon he uses today. He constantly made improvements in design and construction, using his skill as a world class player to fine tune their playability. Bob developed some unique designs for floating points which have made his cues easily recognizable. In 1996, he started marking a stylized "H" on the butt caps.
Bob makes about 50 cues a year, by hand, in his one-man shop. He makes everything himself except for the tips, screws, and bumpers. Bob has won several tournaments with his cues, and even scored his high run with one (225 balls).
Hunter Custom Cues are guaranteed for life against manufacturing defects that are not the result of warpage or abuse. If you have a Bob Hunter cue that needs further identification or repair, or would like to order a new Bob Hunter cue, contact Hunter Custom Cues, listed in the Trademark Index.

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