Over many years, I've played a lot of basses, built a few, modified a bunch. But with all of those, maybe a small handful actually had decent pickup blending capabilities. Most, whether a pan pot or V/V, would basically act as a switch. As soon as you dial one pickup more, it essentially is THAT pickup, not much if any of the other one through the sweep. Recently, I was told that the best solution was the ungrounded M/N taper pot to do blending, which was supposed to be the cat's meow. And I've done that on my last few projects. But in all honesty, it's not really much better than anything else I'd tried before. A great working example of a truly nice blending setup I've played was in a Status Energy bass that I used to own. Really simple electronics in it, active with just a treble boost/cut for the "tone" control. But the blend in it worked so well, being able to dial quite a bit of different midrange/bass frequencies via the use of that knob. It seemed to pan very well between the pickups in a way that few other basses ever did. In the sweep, there were so many sonic possibilities that could be had by subtle tweaks to the knob position. I'd love to have that in all of my future basses. And I realize that some active systems use buffered inputs and much more complex setups than what is essentially just a pan pot. So maybe that's where I have to go. But maybe I just have things wrong... maybe I'm using the wrong value of pot or it's the quality level of that pot. So... to get truly blendable, very smooth and functional panning through 2 pickups, what is the best solution? Do I have to buy a buffered interface? Or only buy extremely nice preamps? Or is there something simpler?