Interesting. I'd suspect the setup more than the instrument itself. If the pickups are too far from the strings it gets thin and lifeless pretty quickly for any guitar. Strings might also be a factor, though I don't know what they come with from the factory.
Last year at the NorCal Gretschtogether, someone (burch, I think?) brought a DE and it sounded monsterous. So I'd get the sound is in there, but you might have to lure it out.