how does it compare to pickups like the 81 and 60? I know the 60 is good for cleans and the 81 is the 'standard' metal pickup but ive never used an 85.

im just asking because it might influence my next guitar choice.

i liked the 85 better then the 81 but i dont really like emgs in general. the 85 was nice for smooth leads and decent cleans in the neck, and then in the bridge its really powerful and boomy.
i used to be a mod, then i took an arrow in the knee.
the 85 is the hottest emg pick up and is a bridge pup, but people tend to keep it in the neck position to give a hotter sound when using the neck.