One of the best ways to improve your game is to consistently play with the same cue. Sterling Gaming located in Charlotte makes this STDCBK pool cue stick. Sterling is famous for manufacturing very good cues for low prices. This is a very nice cue. You can't go wrong with a Sterling billiard stick. The 57 inch cue is jointed, and comes with both halves. The cue has a thirteen millimeter pool cue tip. The Sterling Black Discount Pool Cue uses a maple shaft. Be sure to look at all the other pool cues by Sterling. These cues are satisfaction guaranteed! This cue is jet black.