I just modified my Epiphone Rivera, new neck pickup. I wound a strat style pup and put it inside a firebird cover and baseplate (show and tell over). Its been about 2 months since a string change so it was overdue. So I put new strings on while changing the pickup and now I'm in the annoying phase where the guitar sounds really metallic. Dont get me wrong my preference isnt dead strings, I even find that pure nickel strings sound very dead from day one. I use D'addario 9-42 nickel wounds and I just cant wait until they mellow a bit. I know I'm not alone and this thread is nothing new but I thought it would be interesting to take a poll.