Personally, I prefer 85s. I don't know, but perhaps my ears are just burnt out on hearing ceramic magnet pickup tones boosted by a tube screamer into a metal high gain channel. If I do want to use a tube screamer style pedal still, which I have about 4 variations of that theme, I like the 85 because the bass isn't as anemic, and the midrange/treble are warmer, but not scooped. Using the tube screamer trims whatever fat an alnico magnet might have while retains some nice low midrange, instead of ending up with mostly upper mids and treble like you would with most ceramic pickups. Not really on topic, but eh, what can I say?