Balabushka cues are officially licensed by the family of the late legend George Balabushka. The GB9 is a great replica of the style and quality that George put into each cue. The forearm is made with natural-stained Birdseye Maple and features four African Ebony points with Mother-of-Pearl inlays. The sleeve is made with ebony and uses Mother-of-Pearl inlays and two thin silver rings that accent the rest of the cue very nicely. A black with white spec Irish linen wrap is used to provide a non-slip grip.