I've owned my EHB1005ms for several months. I put d'addario Pro Steels on it almost as soon as I got it. (it's the tapered balanced tension set with a tapered .135 instead of .127). Even with the stock Nickel strings, it sounded quite dull and dark acoustically (and by extension electrically). Even my squier jazz with two year old nickel strings sounds brighter and snappier (acoustically) than the Pro Steels did when they were brand new. Anyone else have this issue? Any strings that sound good on the EHBs? I'm thinking of trying light gauge (.120-.040) coated DR's.