This guitar has seen better days. Cracked fingerboard and neck at the heel joint which runs a few inches deep. Servicing Ovations can be a real challenge. The design with the round plastic backs and the methods in which they are assembled makes it difficult to use standard repair methods, tools and clamps. I didn't feel comfortable removing and then regluing that neck back in place with that round back and those awkward angles to deal with, so the challenge was to do repair the cracked neck while still attached to the body.
They appeared to use some kind of Epoxy/resin in the assembly of their necks which further reiterated my choice of leaving the neck on the guitar. The stuff was everywhere which also served as a gap filler between parts.
Those cracks run deep! Without removing this neck there isn't enough working space to repair that missing chip properly, so we decided to leave it since functionality was priority over aesthetics.
It did require some creative clamping methods. Multiple clamps needed at the heel joint and crack. The critical step here is to be sure the neck angle is correct before gluing otherwise the strings could be a mile high off the fretboard or right on top of it. Thankfully I was right on the money. Finally, the fingerboard is reglued.
All in all it turned out quite well and will be getting many more years of playing!