I had the chance to play one and i loved it so much that im gonna get one myself, the one i played had the passive duncans, and im debating if to go with the active emgs, ive never tried em myself before. but i play stuff like megadeth, iron maiden, mercyful fate, king diamond, children of bodom, pantera, testament. would i be better off with the emgs? i play heavy metal - thrash metal and rock, not death metal.
I see a lot of people hating on EMG's and im not exactly sure why, I love them, used them for years and nevr had any omcpalints what so ever
all of my esp's have EMG pickups in them! the best pickups for heavy ass music in my opinion! duncans are great too!
I have 2 horizons from 10 years ago.
1 FR2 with JB/59
1 NT2 with EMG
1 year later i removed EMG for another pair of JB/59
I really hate how EMG sounds when you have to play solos and stuff, also JB/59 are good for anything i could ever want.
But if you mostly need a really heavy rythm sound EMG are fine.
of your list, only Bodom runs typical actives and Megadeth used JB now uses signature "activated JB" (seymour mustaine livewires)
pantera = bill lawrence l500xl / sd dimebucker (knockoff for twice the price)
maiden = duncan hotrails
testament = depends on era i think, started off w/ stock ibanez dimarzio f2's afair