The JB should work well enough, although it can be perfect in one guitar and not that great in another. It's a picky pickup if you get what I mean.
The Jazz I've never liked. Lacks output, lacks character, it's just a bland, boring neck pickup. You'd be better with a 59 for the neck IMO. What kind of music will you be playing? You might be better with a pair of 59's.
Hi Diocletian!, i play most hardrock/Metal.. anyway, i dont want spend more than 150 for these guitar pickups, to me that JB set is nr1 now also, but, those EMG's interst too for Metallica sound.. hmmm
I thought the EMG HZ set was the passive set? That's not what Metallica use.
You'd be as well just watching Ebay for used JB's, Invaders, Distortions or whatever.
Or check out the trading area on this forum, there may be someone selling something useful there.
Well early Mustaine/Friedman of Megadeth used the JB bridge p'up and so did Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains. I'd say that covers a fairly heavy tone. Honestly, I think the Duncans are better quality than the passive EMGs. But then again, I've never been an EMG fan at all.