An important question with resos is: Is the cone spun, or is it stamped?
Spun cones (like Quarterman, Beard, and Legend) are a lot louder and cleaner. I'm sure the Mule folks can tell you what they use.
And another highly knowledgeable and friendly forum is www.resohangout.com.
When I have peace and quiet, I can easily write five in a day, and two will be keepers. But I can also go months without writing a word.
It just depends on my situation. I now live in a small house with another person, which inhibits my writing a lot — too many distractions. So instead, I work...
The no-politics rule is a little murky because political is in the eye of the beholder. For instance, in another forum I visit a lot, someone got his thread closed because he complained about a trendy word. He didn't think he was being political, but a moderator did. (I could've argued it either...
A lot of Texans (born and imported) have made country sounds. A lot of these have been mentioned above. Here are some I particularly admire:
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Tish Hinojosa (my favorite)
Townes Van Zandt
Jerry Jeff Walker
All good advice! Here are a few more ideas:
- Listen to the pre- and anti-"Nashville Sound" folks — folks like Roy Acuff, Jimmie Rogers, Loretta Lynne, Lefty Frizzel, Hank Williams, Buck Owens, Patsy Montana, Hank Williams III, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins . . .
- Listen to some of the sixties...
Only your hairdresser knows for sure!
But hmm. I don't know anyone who uses elevens on a folk guitar. Since twelves (which I mostly use) are considered light, it sounds like you're trying to turn an acoustic into an electric — the worst of both worlds!