JEM505 pickup suggestions - metal oriented
Hi guys, I need some advice on selecting the best pickups for an Ibanez JEM505.
Basically, I'm looking to get a bridge and neck humbucker set to make the ultimate metal guitar. I'm wanting to cover as many bases as possible from prog metal to thrash/death and modern metalcore styles. Some of the tones i'm looking to emulate come from bands like Symphony X, Soilwork, Death, Children of Bodom, Killswitch Engage and The Black Dahlia Murder, so I figure i'd need something pretty vicious for the bridge pickup, but also with a good deal of clarity. The neck pickup would be used for cleans and soloing, so i'm looking for something more along the lines of John Petrucci's lead tone - something which really accentuates speed picking and gives a beautiful flowing feel to legato and tapping.
Right now i'm running through a Line 6 POD HD500 (soon to be a Helix), and a pair of powered monitors.
I've had my eye on either a Crunch Lab or an X2N for the bridge - would either of these be suitable for the type of bands mentioned above? I know the X2N is balls out metal power, I'm just curious if things like Crunch Labs, D'activators and Dominions can match it for those styles - after all, the more options, the better.