Well I tryed the thinner strings. Back when I was younger all the people I knew played "9's" so when I repicked up the guitar about 4-5 years ago, thats what I started with. At the time I was playing a MIM strat. I just did not like the feel... Not the tone so much.. but the feel was off. I just did not like them. Swapped to 10's on it and that felt good to me. Well the Strat left when the LesPaul came home to play... Started out with 10s on that... same way as the 9's on the strat... just didnt feel right.. So i swapped up to 11's on it... So I have been running them for the last few years and mostly happy... but the last string change, I could not find the strings I normaly buy, and got a hybrid set.. 11's but with thinner wound strings... I LOVE them!!!!!!! So far in my playing level, skills, [granted... still rooted in begener] they are great. I loved the 11's but the wound strings were a little thick... these are the ones.
OK.. so the accustic... I got a Epi accustic for free a few years ago. it looks nice enough... but its been abused for years buy past owners. Ive had to put a ton of work into it to get it playable. Neck was wooped REAL bad, and action was sky high! I first put 13's on it, and liked the sound, and feel, but it was realy stressing the neck/soundboard a lot. After a wile I went down to 12's and that was better... but sounded very dull.. So I was kinda tied... do I get the sound, and tear it up... or save the guitsr...and hate the sound.. So just for giggles I swapped to 11's on it... I tell you it just came alive!!! Much clearer and awake now... Much less stress on the guitar also. So... wile its still a dud of a guitar... and the action is still a little high, and has a dead spot here, and there.... its SO much more enjoyable to play!!!!
Lastly my resonator.... Well I havent got a lot of time behind this one yet. Right now its set up for bottleneck playing, and im spending my time learning the basics still, so I just tune it in standerd tuning, and pull it out once in a wile when I went to play around. I had 13's on it and it sounded good, but tryed 12's to see if the action would go down any. Well the cone rides higher with less string tention.... ya, so that didnt help.
Im thinking of recutting the biscut to lower the action for now for fretting better. We will see how that goes. Santa is bringing me a set of nut files, so it will be a project to work on.