Well, Thank You All! Ovation tells me that the fretboard 'tab' is glued to the top. I disagree. I say the heel is too. But, my only interest in taking the neck off is just that, an interest. I saw 2 lag screws and figured that was it. Nope! Removing a glued on neck is beyond my scope of work at this time and it don't need it anyway. I just wanted the experience. But I did get the experience of gluing some braces, fix some cracks, level and dress the frets, make a nut and saddle, put some cleats in, and stuff like that. One crack was from end block to sound hole. No telling what keeps the bridge on. But it plays pretty good if you can keep it on your leg and the salad keeps for a week! Let the music play on. scott
Probably some kind of evil high tech epoxy that they originally developed to bond helicopter rotor blades laminations together if it's a real Ovation, on a Chinese applause? Original AMG (Asian Mystery Glue), good luck with that one...
Franks contribution about doing only straight-ahead fret jobs on Ovations gave me a combination chuckle/wince... a while back, a fellow brought in his Ovation for some fretwork, as the frets were wearing and "chipping" (as he described it).
Once the blasted thing was in-hand, I found out that the fretboard AND the frets were a one-piece cast aluminum unit, and the "chipping" was actually the delaminating of a chrome plating that had been applied to the cast-aluminum frets.
If memory serves, it was Joshua Levin-Epstein (from this group) that saved the day, as he had a regulation Ovation neck that would fit in place of the aluminum beast. I bought it from him and swapped-out the necks, only after making the customer promise I could keep it! It hangs in the shop to this day as a reminder to Avoid The Bowl.