In response to a rash offer made in this thread here is part one of two.
Drew sorry for the delay. The job had to wait for an insurance go ahead before I started on it but it's on the bench now so here goes.
A little Background.
The instrument in question is one of mine built about 15 years ago. I've seen it in the shop a few times but just for setups and a little wear and tear work. In general it's held up well. Its an "OM" style acoustic in Indian rosewood, European spruce and mahogany neck with ebony bridge and fingerboard.
Just recently it fell foul of a rough backstage roadie work and had a large cab of some description dropped squarly on top of it.
Luckily it was in it's case which protected it's general integrity and the damage seems to be mainly a few loose struts and I wasn't entirely certain that the bridge was on fast although there was no sign of it lifting. I had a good look inside and recommended that the bridge come off so I could get the loose braces back properly and while I was at it do a few repairs to the bridge plate.
The action required.
I had a good look inside and recommended that the bridge come off so I could get the loose braces back properly and also repair a slight crack that had appeared from bridge wing to the lower bout braces. It was only hairline but these things need dealing with ASAP before they get worse.
OK here goes.
There are several ways to remove a bridge. I always like to try and do it cold first but on occasion a bit of heat to the area is required to soften the glue line. As this is a guitar I built some fifteen years ago I'm certain the original was put on with Titebond Original. I've only ever used hide glue or Titebond original for bridges and a quick check of my notes from back then proves it.
I can get the parting knife under the wing of the bridge on the bass side and that makes a good place to start. I start by masking off the surrounding area and see how far I can separate the join without pulling any of the top away with it. This needs to be done slowly and carefully. working with the direction of the grain and without moisture. A lot of people advise using water to help, it doesn't all it does is damage the top by making it easier to pull the grain up with the bridge.