If we are getting all techie, the active pups are controlled, signal-wise, via a passive attenuator/pot. There is no alteration of the gain, which is set by circuit design, to operate in the clean range. Guitars do not clean up. Some will clean up an amp better than others. And if you want an amp that runs from clean to heavily overdriven, quickly, you will give up overhead and light breakup to get that. Loss of dynamic range is the tradeoff. No free lunch. You might be happy with it, but somebody else will not. Yep, YMMV, as usual.