I'm gonna get a new guitar soon, most likely with EMG pickups in it. Could anyone who has experience with these (particularly the 81 model) tell me if it's as good for medium distortion as it is for heavy distortion?

Like, I know it can play full on METAL but can it have like a less distorted tone like say AC/DC and still sound good?

2004 PRS Swamp Ash Special
Peavey Valveking 212
Dunlop Crybaby 535Q
Line 6 UX2
If you turn down the volume knob you can get crunch sounds, but in my opinion they are not good. They sound very cold and artificial.