Forgot the exact model number. Has FilterTrons and ebony board with those thumb print inlays. Real nice guitar.Which is the exact model? Pickups? FilterTrons, HiLotrons or Dynasonics?
Generally the pots are good 500k audio taper, and it is a normal behavior with these guitars: the "problem" is the weakness of the Gretchs pickups. FilterTrons are slightly "hotter" but also slighty "duller", so...the HiLotrons are very weak, I have two in my Tennesse Rose, if I just touch the volume with a clean tone the guitar almost completely disappears in a whisper of mud! The key is the gain: I need my AC30 (no MV) on 5 to get a good clean tone out of those pickups, jangly, beatlesesque etc, while a Les Paul would be into AC\DC territory with that volume! Then it starts to work normally, just like any other guitar...obviously if you don't want to shake the walls cranking up your amp you can use a transparent overdrive to add gain and leave the tone intact...I found really useful this "quickness" with germanium fuzzes: just a touch and...clean-dirty-clean-dirty-clean-dirty...it's addictive!
Well, I started this thread to make sure it wasn't just my guitar and I think I know the answer to that now. Looks like new pots and treble bleed on the way. I might just look for a local guitar guru and let the pro work his magic.