This is a 1981 Ovation model 1617. Its biggest problem was a lifted bridge followed by a cracked body. It also had a piece broken out of the rosette.
The major portion of the repair was to re-glue the bridge. Thankfully it was a pretty clean lift and it only slightly damaged the top and the finish. The bridge was re-glued with Titebond and clamped and has functioned well since. Sometime after the repair I came across an article that William Cumpiano wrote in response to a question that he was asked regarding pinless bridges. He doesn't recommend them and based upon my experience with this Ovation and a handful of other Ovations that I've seen with bridges that had lifted I would likely avoid them as well.
|To repair the broken rosette we modeled the broken portion of the ring with a piece of acrylic and painted the back side of the new piece to match the black rings.|
|The cracks in the body were repaired with some epoxy though once the epoxy was dry it looked less than appealing so I dyed the seams with some analine dye to vastly improve the appearance of the repair.|