I dont like EMG's...lol... Duncan JB/59 FTW! I've tried 81, 85, 60's... 9V, 18V... NBF!
LOL, yeah im no help.
Agreed. I find every guitar I used to switch to EMG's would get switched to something else a year after again.
The HZ's are interesting. I don't think they're the worst, but as others have said, if you're not going active I'd probably go with SD's or DiMarzio's or something. If you're not sure what to do for passives, DiMarzio's Pickup Picker on their website is pretty cool. Then, if you don't want to go DiMarzio you could always find a similar pickup offered by another company or something.