The bridge pulling out caused by the failure of the ribs under the soundboard.
My friend Mark carefully cutting around the side purfling in preparation to unglued the bottom.
Then it was a matter of applying heat and steam on the side to remove the plastic purfling.
Which was then removed with a chisel
Once completely removed we applied the heat to the back,
we now have access to the sides of the back.
The back removed, yes it was a bit messy, it is a plywood bottom, but we did it.
Just keep in mind its a $3 guitar and we are strict amateurs :-)
With the bottom of the top exposed we can now assess the damages. Someone drilled thru the braces in an attempt to bolt down the bridge. Failed! Not only is the bridge still pulling out, the brace has cracked and is becoming unglued, causing the top to sag under pressures and making matter worse.
Hopefully we can get the the top flat again.