HB's tend to have a darker sound; I like them on my spruce guitar. You may want to try a lower tension, though. They are comparatively *much* higher tension than other brands' "high" tension. I believe the most popular HBs are the 815 Silvers in Medium (the black label). I love those, and also love the 900/200 set in Medium-High, which are just a very tiny bit more tense than the 815s. Your mileage may vary.
2015 Connor spruce/Indian rosewood
1978 Ramirez 1a cedar