Yet Another Ovation Neck Reset Question

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    Tim & Allison Whiteside New Member

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    Okay guys, let me start by saying I am only doing this fix as favor to my wife. Her best friend has this Ovation that was her dad's, so there is a lot of sentimental value in it to her
    Any way, on to my question. Do any of you have any experience with loctite go2 glue? I'm wondering if it might be just what I need to glue the neck back on. Other that that I've been able fix the main issue ( I believe). Any thoughts?
     
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    I had to re glue the fretboard to the neck. No problem there, Titebond. The body actually broke a little bit ( see pics). My main concern is the neck/body joint where we have wood and plastic bonded together.
     

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    Good luck. There are a BUNCH of professional luthiers who refuse to repair Ovation necks such as this. I include myself. Personally, if it was in my shop I'd drop an anvil on it and be done with it.
     
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    I know Chris. While I'm not what you'd call a 'pro', I'm not new to this, just asking what others have done. I believe I'm going to try a combination of glues on the different areas. BTW, I don't have a anvil.
     
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    Oh, and luck has nothing to do with it. : )
     
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    I suggest a really high quality epoxy. The boating folks have this challenge all the time with bonding woods and fiberglass. Their solutions should work very well - look for adhesives from Loctite and MasterBond.
     
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    We'll see tomorrow. I used a combination of epoxy, Titebond and Loctite CA. Epoxy on the factory blob of epoxy ( or whatever it is they use). Titebond on fretboard to sound board. CA on the neck to plastic back. Might be overkill, but, I pray it works.
     
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    I sound like a broken record. Most others salvaged whatever they could from the husk, and trashed the rest. They just AREN'T WORTH fixing. They are constructed stoopid to begin with. What do you expect to happen when a company who makes helicopter blades THAT DON'T VIBRATE suddenly decides to make a guitar that is SUPPOSED TO VIBRATE? The result is a so-so guitar that sounds identically bad from one to the next.



    Do the world a favor and borrow one.
     
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    Chris, I agree with you that they are not great guitars. But like I said, it was her father's guitar. I understand it's not going to sound like one I build. But, it is priceless to her.
     
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    Well, the Ovation is alive and well, as Ovations go. Neck is holding nicely
    Actually plays pretty decent, better than most Ovations I've played. (Then again this is the first one I've done such a complete set up on.) The owner is trilled, good for some word of mouth advertising to be sure.
    This really wasn't as bad as some made it out to be. Some see broken, I see mended. : )
     

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    You might regret this....
     
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    No regrets, owner loves it. It plays pretty good. She gets a piece of her dad back.
     
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    I meant people might hear about this, and start bringing you all their hopeless trashed Ovations to repair.
     
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    I will be very selective on that. : ) And charge substantially more.
     
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    You do that. And get an anvil.
     
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    One thing to remember....you can't hurt an ovation.
     
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    Care to put any money on that?
    I warn you.... I have an anvil, and a gas torch.
     
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    I've seen many a hurt Ovation. If not for the sentimental value to the owner, I would not have touched it.
     

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