I don't like the sound of the stock active pickups on my Ibanez (ART-320 - Les Paul like body), so I'd like to change them.
I really love the sound of the passive pickups I have on my other guitar (Seymour Duncans SH6N, SHR1N, TB6) so I'm thinking to change my pickups to passive SDs.
But after spending some time on their website, I'm a little confused as pickups are a quite expensive and I don't want to mess up... Once installed the pickups won't probably sound like they sound in the site demos: my guitar is different, the strings & tuning are different (tuned in C with Ernie Ball "Not even slinky" 12-56).
Is there a way to anticipate how they will really sound ?
Do you have any advice on how to choose new pickups without being too surprised by their sound once bought & installed ?
Bonus question : is there any issue with replacing active pickups by passive ones ?