well i have a jackson rhoads guitar with jackson pickups, i recently bought a pair of emg 81’s and 85’s and from the difference that my old pickups were, the emg’s are the best for heavy metal, i also play that kind of music, the emg’s are good for everything heavy, for example its awesome for harmonics, i didnt even know how to do harmonics but when i got the pickups it was so easy and for soloing its pretty good too cause u can here it so clearly and heavy