In my experience, the DAddario strings I’ve used typically feel harsh under my fingers and have a bright tinny sound that I just cannot get along with. I prefer GHS Boomers myself. Experiment and find the strings you like.
Like you, I’ve found that it takes some experimenting to find the best strings for a particular guitar. 10-46 feel killer on my R7, while the same strings feel stiff and tough to play on my Traditional. The Trad works best with a 9-42 set.
I agree, less is more. Good luck with you sales and hunt for staff. I work in civil engineering on the east coast and we’re so busy we simply cannot staff all the projects. And let’s not talk about the infrastructure funding that’s going to hit….