So, the vintage-inspired guitar patient demanded a maple fret board; my first attempt resulted in the destruction of the neck. This time, between a better quality neck and a bit more patience, the fretboard removal was as close to effortless in the scheme of removal as possible. Getting the fret board started was the most difficult part of the equation, but once the frets, the spatula, and the iron started working in synergy, it became easy.
I used a Cricut Easy Press, a damp wash cloth, and a thin spatula. Getting heat both onto the fretboard AND the spatula blade were key in the removal. The damp wash cloth added the steam to separate the glue.
Also pictured is my fading top. Even a bit of green is coming up.