Update On Ovation Bridge Repairs
LouDorn
Posted 2019-03-15 4:28 PM (#547388)
Subject: Update On Ovation Bridge Repairs


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Location: Northeast Kingdom, Vermont
My wife saw a add in a local little free paper about guitar repairs.

So I took a chance and called the number. After a brief conversation
I took a ride with the wife over to Stowe, VT about 40 minutes from home
and met Chuck Sanzone of Chuck Sanzone Guitars
http://www.sanzoneguitars.com/sanzoneguitars.com/Home.html

and I met Pete Langdell that builds Rigel Mandolins
http://www.rigelinstruments.com/index.html

Chuck will be doing the work on my Ovation and we talked about my Guild D-55
so I brought that over and he is going to re-slot the bridge put in a thicker saddle
in order to set the intonation the Guild properly which goes severely sharp on the G string
as you fret up the neck. I have owned the Guild new since 1970.
Yes I am a geezer

Chuck Sanzone said the repair on the Ovation was straight forward. He said he never worked on a Di Miola model Ovation and he thought the craftsmanship was great. I was complimented on how well I maintain my guitars so that was nice.
Should have them both back in about 2 weeks.

So that is where I stand on the repairs. I really lucked out having these guys in my back yard basically and man are they cool to talk with. Pete Langdell was a real hoot.


Edited by LouDorn 2019-03-15 4:48 PM
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LouDorn
Posted 2019-04-30 5:57 PM (#548868 - in reply to #547388)
Subject: RE: Update: Ovation Bridge Repairs Complete 4-30-19


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Hello Everyone,

I went for a ride today to pick up my Ovation 1769 DiMiola and my Guild D-55.
Both guitars came out fantastic.

Chuck Sanzone of Chuck Sanzone Guitars did all the repairs.

Chuck explained that the process used by Ovation seemed to be that they put the top finish on the entire surface
and then milled off the finish for placement of the bridge. He said there was a relieved are on the bottom of the bridge that was the thickness of the finish approx .040 thousandths thick, so the relieved bridge edges actually sat on the finish while the
rest of the bridge received the glue to exposed wood.
So Chuck removed the finish off the top for the entire bridge foot print, so that the bridge would get 100% wood contact upon gluing.
Chuck also leveled the bridge so there is no milled in relief where the outside edges formerly sat on the finish.

The pictures are not good as I only could use my cell phone and the black top was so reflective that
the ceiling of the room and stuff were visible. I'll try and take it out in natural light later to get better picture.
Chuck did a great job and it looks like no repairs were ever made.

So lucky I found such great luthiers in my area, just a mile down the road from the Stowe Ski Area at Mount Mansfield.
Trails at the top were still open and route 108 through Smugglers Notch is still closed from all the snow in the notch.

Now let me see if I can get a few pics posted.


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Love O Fair
Posted 2019-04-30 10:29 PM (#548870 - in reply to #547388)
Subject: Re: Update On Ovation Bridge Repairs



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Sounds like another satisfied customer. Looks good from here.
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arumako
Posted 2019-05-01 1:52 AM (#548871 - in reply to #548868)
Subject: RE: Update: Ovation Bridge Repairs Complete 4-30-19



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LouDorn - 2019-04-30 7:57 AM

Chuck explained that the process used by Ovation seemed to be that they put the top finish on the entire surface and then milled off the finish for placement of the bridge. He said there was a relieved are on the bottom of the bridge that was the thickness of the finish approx .040 thousandths thick, so the relieved bridge edges actually sat on the finish while the rest of the bridge received the glue to exposed wood.

Thanks for sharing LouDorn! That Legend is a beauty.
No doubt Chuck Sanzone's observations are spot-on; but yours might be an unusual case. Most Os I work on have the bridge glued to the body right on top of the poly-finish. There's usually some abrasive treatment to provide the adhesives with holding strength, but gaps reaching down to bare wood are IMHO unusual. However, my 5986 had the same condition as your Legend only under the neck extension. In any case, hope you're enjoying your restored O!

Edited by arumako 2019-05-01 1:59 AM
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alpep
Posted 2019-05-01 12:08 PM (#548877 - in reply to #547388)
Subject: Re: Update On Ovation Bridge Repairs


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great
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LouDorn
Posted 2019-05-02 11:37 AM (#548885 - in reply to #548871)
Subject: RE: Update: Ovation Bridge Repairs Complete 4-30-19


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arumako - 2019-05-01 2:52 AM

LouDorn - 2019-04-30 7:57 AM


No doubt Chuck Sanzone's observations are spot-on; but yours might be an unusual case. Most Os I work on have the bridge glued to the body right on top of the poly-finish. There's usually some abrasive treatment to provide the adhesives with holding strength, but gaps reaching down to bare wood are IMHO unusual.


Hello,
The only thing that makes me wonder about the glue between the bridge and the finish scenario for my guitar is when the bridge totally detached itself it did not pull up any finish with it.
With a failure like that I would think some of the finish would have lifted if the bridge perimeter was glued to the finish itself. Just wondering about that not an argument in any case.
How ever I am not a luthier or repair person I just try and reason it out
The bridge was totally detached when I opened the case and discovered it.

I am more then happy to have my O back. With all pieces attached
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