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mimmo
Posted 2022-03-30 8:03 AM (#557218)
Subject: Ovation 1613 got a finish crack during shipping


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Hi ALL

Just got delivered this nice 1613 in virtually new condition. Unfortunately the guitar has developped a finish crack during shipping.

How should I be concerned? I don't think this concerns the wood, but I'd like to hear from you Ovation experts. 

Would you be concerned by this? 

 

 

 





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seesquare
Posted 2022-03-30 9:53 AM (#557219 - in reply to #557218)
Subject: Re: Ovation 1613 got a finish crack during shipping


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Looks like the guitar was shipped without loosening the strings very much. As to repair, you might attempt a drop-fill protocol with a CA adhesive. There are some good tutorials elsewhere on the OFC discussion threads.
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mimmo
Posted 2022-03-30 11:42 AM (#557220 - in reply to #557219)
Subject: Re: Ovation 1613 got a finish crack during shipping


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Thank you for your answer. 

Are you suggesting to repair the crack because it can go further? I mean, do you it that this repair is necessary to avoid the crack to develop, or just to fix and secure it? 

Sorry for these questions but I am not expert and would really like to take good care of it.

Thank you. 

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seesquare
Posted 2022-03-30 4:42 PM (#557221 - in reply to #557218)
Subject: Re: Ovation 1613 got a finish crack during shipping


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I will defer to my colleagues who are more knowledgeable to chime in here, though I believe your finish blemish is currently only cosmetic & not reflective of any significant structural instability.
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Love O Fair
Posted 2022-03-30 10:51 PM (#557224 - in reply to #557218)
Subject: Re: Ovation 1613 got a finish crack during shipping



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I am currently on only a small screen, and cannot see for sure what the crack is. So I am only guessing that you are you referring to the line I see that runs on an angle from the edge of the fretboard to the edge of the rosette??
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mimmo
Posted 2022-03-31 12:00 AM (#557225 - in reply to #557221)
Subject: Re: Ovation 1613 got a finish crack during shipping


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Thank you very much, seesquare.



Edited by mimmo 2022-03-31 12:02 AM
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mimmo
Posted 2022-03-31 12:02 AM (#557226 - in reply to #557224)
Subject: Re: Ovation 1613 got a finish crack during shipping


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Love O Fair - 2022-03-31 5:51 AM I am currently on only a small screen, and cannot see for sure what the crack is. So I am only guessing that you are you referring to the line I see that runs on an angle from the edge of the fretboard to the edge of the rosette??

 

Yes indeed, that's the crack I am talking about

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FlySig
Posted 2022-03-31 9:41 AM (#557227 - in reply to #557218)
Subject: Re: Ovation 1613 got a finish crack during shipping



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It appears to be just a crack in the finish, not wood. If that is true, you don't have to do anything with it. It doesn't look like it will run further, but under the rosette if it changes direction it could continue. To me that is the unknown, what it does under the rosette.

Super thin CA glue from a luthier supply or good hobby shop is what you'd use. StewMac or Luthier's Mercantile are both reputable online sellers. Use a needle thin tip to put one drop at a time into the crack. It will run quickly in, then put in another drop. In just a few seconds the crack will be filled. Wait for the glue to set completely. Then wipe any excess off with acetone on a clean white rag (old t-shirt, etc). Acetone dissolves the CA glue but won't harm the clear factory finish. The repair will be invisible. Acetone shouldn't damage the wood or rosette, but I would put blue painter masking tape on those areas to be sure.
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FlySig
Posted 2022-03-31 9:44 AM (#557228 - in reply to #557218)
Subject: Re: Ovation 1613 got a finish crack during shipping



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To add, I personally wouldn't repair it but there isn't a risk if you do. It looks unlikely from the direction it goes under the rosette that it could spread further out elsewhere if you leave it alone, so very little risk if you do nothing.
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Love O Fair
Posted 2022-03-31 9:58 AM (#557229 - in reply to #557218)
Subject: Re: Ovation 1613 got a finish crack during shipping



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I am in total agreement with FlySig's appraisal and recommendations.
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mimmo
Posted 2022-03-31 10:56 AM (#557230 - in reply to #557228)
Subject: Re: Ovation 1613 got a finish crack during shipping


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FlySig - 2022-03-31 4:44 PM To add, I personally wouldn't repair it but there isn't a risk if you do. It looks unlikely from the direction it goes under the rosette that it could spread further out elsewhere if you leave it alone, so very little risk if you do nothing.

 

Thank you very much for taking the time to answer. That is more than enough for me, I really appreciate the very knowledgeable people in this forum and trust their opinion.

 

Thank you very much! 

 

 

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DetlefMichel
Posted 2022-03-31 12:04 PM (#557231 - in reply to #557218)
Subject: Re: Ovation 1613 got a finish crack during shipping



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Be careful, acetone will harm the rosette, it´s another kind of plastic. Never mind the finish this is dissolvable with acetone. Any finish crack should be closed to avoid dirt and/or moisture to go in. But it´s no structural problem.
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mimmo
Posted 2022-03-31 1:51 PM (#557232 - in reply to #557231)
Subject: Re: Ovation 1613 got a finish crack during shipping


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DetlefMichel - 2022-03-31 7:04 PM Be careful, acetone will harm the rosette, it´s another kind of plastic. Never mind the finish this is dissolvable with acetone. Any finish crack should be closed to avoid dirt and/or moisture to go in. But it´s no structural problem.

 

Good point, thanks a lot! I think I will discuss all this information with my tech, I really want to avoid any further damage to the guitar.

 

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FlySig
Posted 2022-04-01 2:30 PM (#557233 - in reply to #557231)
Subject: Re: Ovation 1613 got a finish crack during shipping



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Thanks for the correction on the rosette.
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