It's actually the most practical solution for the extremely nit-picky results you're looking for. Read Jono's reply--that makes the most sense of all.
It's really not, and I wouldn't characterize what he's looking for as "extremely nit-picky" - it's just different from what YOU want in a guitar.
Jono's first suggestion, namely to recognize that to achieve what he's after the OP needs to look for pickups that are complementary to each other and give somewhat on bridge output, is IMO the way to go here - something that he's now considering.
...or maybe AT-1/cruiser combo since it's already proven.
A word of caution here - you'll likely have the same problem with a volume drop on the neck and middle. I tried this combo, and really dug each "half" of it in isolation, but the only way I could get the cruisers to balance with the AT1 was to set them fairly close to the strings, which IMO really over-accentuated the attack on the Cruisers. It got kind of "non-linear" for lack of a better way to put it - when you dig into a singlecoil, it gets increasingly bright and explosive sounding as you hit harder. I like pickups where that relationship is pretty linear, where a slight increase in pick attack will have a proportional change in sound. The cruisers don't do this close to the strings - it's linear to a point, and then it gets completely icepick-y and in your face. It reminded me a lot of an EMG humbucker's attack, I guess, set close enough to keep up with the AT1. It was odd how quiet they were - what finally made me decide I needed to switch was A/B'ing my Strat against a couple Mexi strats in a GC that actually had more output from their stock
pickups (to be fair, Mexi strats seem to ship with reasonably hot singlecoils).
I've done a ton of pickup switching since then to try to rectify this, and the best compromise I've found so far is an Area 67 neck and 61 middle. The 58/61/67 are all pretty similar output, and a little hotter than the Cruisers, but also less sensitive to changes in distance from the strings by a long
shot so you can run them much closer than either a Cruiser or a normal singlecoil (they replaced a Fender Custom 69 neck and Texas Special middle in my Strat) for added ouytput without hurting your tone or sustain. I haven't tried the 58 yet (though I want to - it's actually a hair hotter than the 67, too) but I've been very impressed with both the 61 and 67 for capturing quite a lot of that vintage single coil sound while holding up better under gain, adding a fair amount of output, and being dead quiet.
Of course, either aFast Track or a Chopper will probably be able to hang with a medium output 'bucker, so with something less hot than an Evo2 in the bridge it becomes a matter of taste.