I'm not a pickup winder, nor an expert on the technical aspects of any pickup. But from anecdotal experience i can tell you that a properly wound bar magnet WRHB format pickup can be full, quiet with great clarity. As mentioned earlier in the thread I have a Pete Biltoft/Vintage Vibe set with A5 bar mags which sound tremendous in my '72 Thinline RI. The set also came with a set of A3's which I could try, but just haven't felt the need to. Do mine sound like the originals? Not completely....in some ways I would say better. But they do sound great. My purpose for this post is to say that generalizations along the line that bar magnets can't have clarity unless you kill their fullness is simply not true in all cases. There are more than one way to skin a cat. The only way IMO to accurately capture the characteristics of the originals would be to have threaded Cunife magnets. Not to say that you can't have a great set of WRHB's otherwise.