Hello, I am a newbie to active basses. I'm a big fan of Rudy Sarzo/Billy Sheehan and I'm considering buying an inexpensive active 5 string bass and then upgrading it with a set of Sims pickups like the new sig. model Sarzo just had made. I've seen many active basses advertised with "balance" and "blend" pots. My understanding of a blend pot is that it adjusts the amount of signal being outputted by all pickups simultaneously, like the extreme ends would be exclusively one pickup and then in the middle would be a mix of the pickups. I have no idea what a balance pot does. I believe the ideal setup for me would be 1 volume, 1 balance or blend, 3 band EQ and an active/passive switch. My question is are balance/blend different words to describe the same tool or do they do different things entirely? Feel free to school me, I need to learn this stuff.