I play modern metal in one band and industrial/metal in another band. I play superstrats and LPs or LP shapes w/EMG81s into rack rigs with Fractal AX-FX Ultra and Digitech GSP1101 preamp/effects processors into Marshall 9200 Dual MonoBloc and Peavey Classic 50/50 power amps into multiple cabs. I'm getting ready to do a big trade deal on some gear with a budd and will be getting another ESP,an LTD EC-1000, in the trade but instead of my usual EMG actives that are in my other ESPs this model comes with a SD JB in the bridge and a 59' in the neck. The only experience I have with any of SD pickups are with the active Blackouts. Most of my guitars,including my 78' LP Standard Ive had for 20 years,all have EMG81/81s in them. The only guitars I have that have passives in them are my 2 87' Charvel Model Twos that have DiMarzio ToneZones. When I play those guitars in the same rigs that I play my guitars with actives in them I dont ever have to change any EQing. Is the JB any good for metal? Everything Ive read so far on a few other forums and in reviews says that theyre not good pickups for metal,rock yes. Any info or experiences would be helpful. I more than likely will just install some EMGs but if I dont have to I wont.