I have heard great things about this LW-Hmet if you play extreme metal (which I do) and Im thinking of getting it for my ESP Alexi-200, but I use a solid state Amp (randall RX120RH half stack). I have heard that it is not wise to play with active pickups on a SS amp, but these pickups are great for the genre of music I play. Some input would be greatly appreciated...
the amp makes more difference, SS amps tend to suck with any type of pickup, save your money for a good metal orientated tube amp and you'll get much better results, livewires are not gonna mke a huge difference.
also i may be wrong but, blackouts may be better.
and i forgot to add this, but i got an ibanez with the Emg 81-85 setup and it sounds good with my Randall...