Thanks Paul. Emailed Ovation, see what happens. From what I can find, these things are epoxied together. Got it cheap,
something to learn on.
IMO, Ovations are terrible guitars to "learn (the craft of guitar repair) on". They're horrible, Everything is proprietary and they share few construction or material details with "conventional" instruments.
I'm happy to hear that you're starting to learn. It's a fun craft and guitar builders and tech's are the most sharing individuals on the planet. We're also some of the most opinionated.
With that last sentence in mind, be aware that there are few (if any) Ovation lovers or advocators on this forum. Some of us either refuse to work on them or add a surcharge to our fees when HAVING to work on Ovation instruments. I'm in the "refuse" category after working on several over the years. They're not worth the trouble (to me).
Regardless, welcome to the craft and keep asking questions. It's how we all learned and this forum in particular is an oasis in the "bogus info" wasteland of the internet.
Best of luck,
You might find that the fingerboard extension is held on by contact adhesive or double stick tape. In my experience this did not need heat, a thin pallette knife would do the trick.
I, too, routinely decline major repairs on Ovation instruments for the simple reasons given by others here. The design and construction of those instruments don't lend themselves to traditional repair. I do take on refretting, which goes predictably, setups and a few other operations.
Not long ago I reset the neck on one for a good friend and customer. It was a straight bolt-on, and the job went fairly easily. I would not be surprised to encounter major differences between models and vintages, though.
I have an ovation with a bolt on neck and as a matter of fact the neck is a replacement that is a Martin style with a 25.34 inch scale.... two bolts on the inside and the neck is off ..... peace,Donald