Ok, so I got my Tusq saddle insert and bridge pins today. The problem? I can't get the damned original saddle out, there's just not enough of it left to get a grip on.
BTW, I'm thinking that considering the thing can only come down maybe 3/4 of an additional millimeter before the strings are resting directly on the bridge, and that the online reading I did gooling for suggestions on how to remove a bridge saddle suggests that this IS done in certain situations, it seems like it might make sense to hold off on shaving down the saddle, and have the wooden part of the bridge itself sanded down. I gather it's a little unusual to have to do this for a fairly young guitar, but it's not unheard of...
I mean, eyeballing it, action at the 12th fret is probably just shy of 5mm, and if we optimistically assume that I can take off another mm before I run out of saddle, that would suggest that the lowest I can possibly get my action is about 4 and a half millimeters. It's not like I'm looking for uber-low crazy shred action, exactly, just nice medium action, maybe 3mm.
try drilling a small hole in one end of the saddle and gluing in an old chunk of string or wire and pulling on it after the glue dries