Hey jason thanks for the reply!
The pickups really do deliver a great clear tone, i have tried guitar through other metal amps and did love the result. Im thinking that it is the amp itself (being a combo ran through 4x12) might be the issue for me. I dialed in similar settings to the one you reccomended just yesterday and was liking how they sounded. I shouldnt be so quick to judge the pickups, first guitar with passives so getting used to the transition. Thanks for your time and input! Have a good one