Adrian Viguera- Hadrianus Cues
It is difficult to say what Adrian Viguera is most known for doing in his life. Geography plays an important role in the answer. In Mexico, he is best known for being a world class champion of artistic billiards. Adrian used to perform in exhibitions and televised tournaments in Mexico. He also played a part in training Roberto Rojas, who many years later won the World Championship at artistic billiards. There he is also known as a promoter and a very strong 3 cushion billiard player. Here in the U.S., and especially Chicago, Adrian is known as both a cue maker and a billiard player. He spent many years working at Ray Schuler's shop building Schuler cues to Ray's specs. After several years together, Adrian decided that he wanted to make his own cues. He moved to Texas for a few years, but ultimately ended up back in Chicago where he currently resides.
Adrian brings to his cue making the unique knowledge of an advanced player who knows what he wants in a cue stick. Adrian's cues are all about the hit and what it produces, as well as the feel in the hands of the player. You can say that Adrian's cues are cues for players. Adrian has a humble shop and his cues are virtually all hand made. Almost none of his early cues were inlaid, and the ones that are were cut out by hand as well as the actual inlay. For that reason, his cues do not have the typical look of an American made cue stick with perfectly indexed points and inlays. His cues tend to be more earthy and visually pleasing in a different sense. Adrian's choices of woods tend to be darker with accents of lighter maple. While his woods are figured, they tend to be subtle rather than pieces that jump out at the viewer.
Since his focus is on the hit, Adrian has experimented with shaft tapers beyond what anyone else has done. In the pictures below, you can see how his experiments have arrived to where they are today. His early shafts were made from very stiff wood like birch, but with a severe notch taper cut in above the joint. This acted as a flex point for the stiff wood. The feedback is unique without sacrificing the quality of the hit. The taper has been refined after years of working it out. Adrian has used numerous finishes in the past like lacquer and oils. His joint is a phenolic screw protruding from the shaft, plugging into a female on the butt. I usually don't collect cues with linnen wraps, so the three below with the linnen wraps I would consider for trade or sale. Email me if interested.
I'm sorry for the bad picture quality on these cues. I shot them in a hurry and will probably re-shoot them some time in the near future. The cue on the left is purple heart in the front and some sort of rosewood behind. The other two cues' woods I am not sure about, although they appear to be in the rosewood family. His joints are buckhorn, or wood (the middle one of the plain cues), along with other materials. The cue at right has inlaid points with loosely radiused tips. The maple is stained, whereas the other cues are all natural wood color.
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