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LouDorn
Posted 2019-03-09 6:12 PM (#547289)
Subject: Question Regarding Bridge Repair 1769AD


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Posts: 11

Location: Northeast Kingdom, Vermont
Hello Folks,

I opened my guitar case for my Al Di Meola 1769 -AD Ovation today
and the bridge was totally detached.
The break looks pretty clean, no big slabs off the top.
Almost just the glue and a very little bit of wood stuck to the bottom of the bridge.
I have had the guitar since about 2003.

I would appreciate any info in regards to getting the repair done by either
Ovation if they do repairs any more or a skilled and competent repair/luthier.

I live in Northern Vermont and am not aware of any person or shop to take it to.

I purchased it from this shop but I have no idea if the same people own it or if
they are capable of such a repair. https://www.adkguitar.com/


Any guidance or help would be greatly appreciated. It has been a wonderful instrument.
Many many hours of good time has been spent with this guitar.
Thanks much, Lou D.
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Old Man Arthur
Posted 2019-03-10 4:11 AM (#547291 - in reply to #547289)
Subject: Re: Question Regarding Bridge Repair 1769AD



Joined:
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Posts: 10382

Location: Keepin' It Weird in Portland, OR
Wow. Very sad news.
There are stories of this happening to other Ovations.
I know of members who have repaired bridge failures like that.
We just need to wait for them to appear.
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leonardmccoy
Posted 2019-03-10 4:45 AM (#547292 - in reply to #547289)
Subject: Re: Question Regarding Bridge Repair 1769AD



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Posts: 263

Location: Katmandu

The issue is not unheard of.

I would contact the ADK guys first as they have excellent customer support. Depending on the chip-out the repair may be rather painless. I would bring her to a competent luthier for regluing the bridge to the top. I'm unsure whether the Mothership does repairs anymore.

Please do post pictures if you can.



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LouDorn
Posted 2019-03-10 3:06 PM (#547296 - in reply to #547292)
Subject: Re: Question Regarding Bridge Repair 1769AD


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Location: Northeast Kingdom, Vermont
Thank you very much.

I will get a few photos posted soon. I will contact ADK and ask some questions.
At least they are just a few hours drive from me.
I would prefer to meet repair persons and see the repair shop if possible.



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LouDorn
Posted 2019-03-10 3:50 PM (#547298 - in reply to #547296)
Subject: Re: Question Regarding Bridge Repair 1769AD


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Location: Northeast Kingdom, Vermont
One picture was pretty blurry, tried again with my cheapo camera.





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alpep
Posted 2019-03-11 8:54 AM (#547304 - in reply to #547289)
Subject: Re: Question Regarding Bridge Repair 1769AD


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Posts: 10389

Location: NJ
looks like some touch up will be required
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Standingovation
Posted 2019-03-11 9:16 AM (#547305 - in reply to #547289)
Subject: Re: Question Regarding Bridge Repair 1769AD



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Posts: 5879

Location: Phoenix AZ
Not sure the status of DW service department but here are before and after photos of mine.

http://www.ovationfanclub.com/megabbs/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=48...

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DanSavage
Posted 2019-03-11 10:17 AM (#547306 - in reply to #547305)
Subject: Re: Question Regarding Bridge Repair 1769AD



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Posts: 1949

Location: Lake Forest, CA
Really clean break.

That's quite a thick layer of epoxy under the bridge, isn't it?

To re-glue the bridge, the old epoxy will need to be removed. The best way to remove it without affecting/removing the underlying bridge wood is to use a heat gun or blow dryer to warm up the glue. You could also pour boiling water into a large baggie and set this down on top of the bridge, glue side up.

Once the glue is warm enough it will become rubbery and pliable enough that it can be peeled away from the bridge. Yes, literally peeled. You should be able to even peel/save the chip-out from the finish so it can be glued back to the top. Ditto for any top wood still attached to the bridge glue.

The nylon alignment pins make it very easy to glue the bridge back.
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Love O Fair
Posted 2019-03-11 10:28 AM (#547307 - in reply to #547289)
Subject: Re: Question Regarding Bridge Repair 1769AD



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Posts: 1109

Location: What week?
I have one old Custom Balladeer where the factory screw-and-nutted that dude right on there when it was born.. for which I am thankful.. but some of the glued ones take a lot of finish and wood and old ladies and baby buggies with them when they blow (like Standingovation's did). Fortunately yours is a pretty clean separation that you'd assume most decent luthiers can deal with easily in comparison to those (or on your own as Dan explained). What gauge of strings did you have on it? Wishing you all the best!




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LouDorn
Posted 2019-03-11 3:34 PM (#547308 - in reply to #547307)
Subject: Re: Question Regarding Bridge Repair 1769AD


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Location: Northeast Kingdom, Vermont
I have to go look but I think they were mediums or medium/light set.
I'll see if the package is in the case.

Thanks every one for your concern and help.
I'll update when I get repairs under way.
Lou
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