#1
So I got a new RG321, and from what I've heard, the pickups aren't the best. I don't quite get the clean tone I want (althought it may be from the amp - Spider III 15) but I've been considering getting a couple of new pickups. I know you will all say to get a new amp first, but pretend that I have a really nice one for now because I plan to upgrade it in the near future.

I'm looking for something thats good for metal (slipknot, darkest hour, lamb of god) but something that can also be versatile because I really like to play blink-182 stuff (no flaming allowed =P). I've been looking into EMG's specifically the 81/85 or 81/60. I've also heard some people reccomending duncans or dizmario's. Which would be best? Please be specific as to what model etc. Thanks!
#2
Those EMGs are active pickups which would involve switching out the input jack as well as the tone and volume pots, and wiring in a battery. Plus active pickups suck clean. I would recommend a Seymour Duncan JB or DiMarzio Evolution for the bridge, a Dimarzio PAF Pro, Fred, or 'Duncan SH-2N Jazz for the neck or a set of Lace Drop & Gains.

Those are all passive pickups that would wire it pretty easy and probably serve your needs very well.
#3
I didn't realize so much work went into putting active pickups in. It would be my first time trying them. Maybe I'll steer clear of those for now.