This ace vintage 70’s Ovation was brought into the workshop due to a crack running down both sides of the fingerboard!
The new owner was concerned that the cracked were due to the fingerboard coming away from the neck and he was right. It also had a bowed neck, which after our advice, the customer tightened the trussrod.
When it was brought back after the customer had adjusted the neck, we repaired the fingerboard and refinished around the area. As well as giving the guitar a setup!
The neck as it was brought in, the crack ran for quite a length along the fingerboard.
Once the chipped lacquer was cleaned away the depth of the crack became more apparent, it was such that a surgical blade could be inserted without any effort!
The trussrod didn’t feel like it had any movement left in it, so it was down to the customer to decide how much further he wanted to try and tighten the trussrod. Surprisingly he got a lot of movement from the rod, the side effect of this was a crack that appeared on the back of the neck, this too would need to be sorted as was rough to the touch
With the fingerboard repair, glue was carefully injected and worked into the crack and then it was clamped.
The refinishing process involved layers of nitrocellulose lacquer was built up and then flattened back to a smooth surface. This blended the new lacquer in with the existing lacquer. The lacquer was then polished to a high shine.
The same process was done on the back of the neck to give a smooth surface to the lifting that was caused with the tightened trussrod.
Below photos of a before and after. The previous owner had tried to blend in damage with a stain/varnish We used a better matching stain to improve the look!