anyone unfamiliar with my situation should perhaps view a summary on this thread, and please note that i am not wanting to start a flame-war on all-new thread.
this is specifically for tech help / sale advice. I DO NOT HAVE THE MONEY TO INITIATE LEGAL PROCEEDINGS (but seriously chaps, thank you for the advice that has come before on such things).
i ordered a brand new kahler 2327 about 3 years ago. it was sent via my contact at kahler's head office, factory fresh, to roter custom guitars who then sent it back to me a number of weeks ago. it has clearly been used / tested for something and / or been kept somewhere damp. here is the damage:
my problem is that i need to do something with this trem. i won't be using it on my current build and badly needed the proceeds from selling it to allow the build cost of the new one.
take the front parts of the saddles off and soak them in WD40, then try to loosen the height screws. Hard to say how the base plate under them will fare, it depends on if that rust has disturbed the plating. Does the jizz under the saddles wipe off? Not really much you can do about the scratches. There are plating polishes but you might end up making things worse.