Definitely looking heaps better, I'd be giving it a go. Just make sure you lubricate the pivot points, you may be right to go.
Thanks, yes I'll give it a go when the rest of the guitar is up to par as well
Nicely done, make sure the edge is not sharp though, needs to be dull.
Bottom line the only criteria that matters is will it return to tune. If it does it's fine.
Thanks Rich, means a lot coming from you. I've read the guide on your webpage many times, and have performed it on at least 3 guitars with excellent results, and I very much hope this one will be able to properly return to zero as well.
After filling that side I suppose you need to fill also the straight side to compensate both sides in order to avoid having the bass side far and the treble side closer to the pickguard. Finally it is possible to loose some clearance from the baseplate to the pickguard, so checking that and sanding down the pickguard must be needed, am I right?
Nah, it's nothing extreme in terms of distance compared to the straight side, so a simple intonation will likely suffice. The 540r does not have a pickguard, so that won't be a problem.
I've taken more abused trems back from the brink, back to holding tune really well. My guess is with some lube it will be fine.
That's what I'm hoping for here as well, thanks for your input!