Originally Posted by yegbert
Thanks for the update, I remain interested in hearing how it's working out for you.
So which material type did you get in your Glendale bridges, magnetic or nonmagnetic?
In my experience, the A3 OVs have something different in their character than A2 or A5, and not in the same way that A2 and A5 differ from each other; maybe because they have some differences in material not just different percentages of the same materials.
For something in between the A2 and A5 pickups you have, I'd try a somewhat lower wind and/or smaller diameter polepiece A5-based pickup (as compared to the SD STL-1B "Broadcaster"); like an MIJ "vintage" style (comes in '69 RI paisley/flower Tele and others) or the Duncan STL-1 "Vintage '54". That's for one already made and fairly widely available, and a somewhat frugal approach. If budget allows, working with a good pickup winder can probably get you exactly what you want.
Thanks for the suggestions. I hadn't considered how the polepiece diameter would factor in.
I ended up going with the non-magnetic bridge. Some folks here indicated that they couldn't really tell the difference between the two types.