* The TL;DR edition: This stuff kicks MAJOR ass, get some! ____________ Howdy all! First of all let me say..it's not often that I am so pleased with ANY product that I feel compelled to notify everyone who'll listen. So, you can rest assured I'm almost giddy over this new (to me) product! Recently I was getting low on sandpaper and needing to reup. So..after reading a few resident experts such as Mr. Kirn extol the virtues of the Micro Mesh abrasive products, I placed and recieved and order for a basic assortment pack of the 3"x4" Micro Mesh pads...u know, just to give 'em a try. Admittedly I only purchased the one small pack to try out because the cost/size ratio of the product had me feeling like... "Okay yeah, they're probably decent but ultimately a bit too pricey for regular use", etc. (While I build amps, I do not do production work on *guitars*, I'm merely a novice shadetree tinkerer) At any rate, after receiving and giving these Micro Mesh pads a whirl, I am COMPLETELY blown away at just how great these things are! Wow, just....WOW!!! The current project is a total refinish/restoration of a personal...body and neck. So far I've used them to do an initial level (wet) sand of the body and to completely (wet) sand the newly refinished maple neck, including a new buried headstock logo. First if all let me say that these pads go a very long way...much more durable than i initially thought they'd be. When they get loaded up, just wash 'em with a lil soap and warm water, shake em dry, and you're back in action! Now, for those unfamiliar, the Micro Mesh grit numbering system vastly differs from that of conventional sandpaper. The basic assortment pack has 9 different grits ranging from 1500 to 12,000. According to the company's literature, the 1500 grit is equivalent to 400 grit conventional sandpaper....the website even details a microscopic pic comparing their 1500 alongside 400 conventional, and furthermore shows the higher quality of the micromesh. Now, in MY limited experience thus far, while the 1500 micro mesh pads may remove material at a rate similar to 400 grit sandpaper, it does so with MUCH more delicacy. I mean...it doesnt leave anywhere near the same savage amount or depth as regular sandpaper. They also claim the pads act as a shock absorber allowing you to more precisely add pressure as needed...it works beautifully in this regard as well. Finally, they claim the 12,000 micro mesh leaves behind scratches which are undetectable by the human eye. Well, so far....I believe it! When i began sanding the maple neck, i started on the face of the headstock in which i had lacquer buried a replacement waterslide decal. I wet sanded using a little mineral spirits beginning with the 3600 pad for only like...two minutes tops. (It was at this point i learned of the 12,000 claims) So i just jumped way ahead and grabbed the finest grit, the 12,000 and began working the face of the headstock for only another couple of minutes, and..WOW...with such a short amount of time and very little elbow grease, and only 2 different grits, it went from just newly lacquered to virtually showroom finished! Okay, that might be taking it just a BIT too far, but honestly with those two grits and only a few minutes, it went from ready to level sand, to a complete mirror shine, showing no remaining scratches that i can discern when held adjacent to the light. Looks as if i had worked for MUCH longer wet sanding thru various conventional paper grits, as well as even final polished. (If maybe a tad prematurely) Let me tell you THIS as well... These things are just a revelation when sanding and finishing out a maple fretboard! The straight square edges allow you to get right up against the frets with just the abrasive pad itself...without having to use any kind of block or tool to hold sandpaper As well...they just can pretty much virtually polish out a fretboard by themselves. Seems to be the case when wet sanding using mineral spirits as i have. Anyone who's refinished a guitar knows exactly how tedious the sanding is..particularly dealing with the curves n' horns, etc. Of all of the positive attributes of the miceo mesh pads, the single biggest to me is the very significantly reduced amount of "elbow grease" needed to complete the job. Okay now, i dont hold stock in the Micro Mesh company, or whomever owns them...lol, I am just a truly satisfied customer! So anyone contemplating using them, DO IT..!!! As i mentioned earlier, i figured they'd get used up in short order but despite the amount of product, you STILL win the cost/product game...no contest. I feel as if i could maybe run thru 2-3 complete guitar/neck refins with only this one assortment, although that COULD be a little presumptuous Time will tell... I only regret that I did not investigate these much sooner!