Maple back and sides has a distinct sound. I like the jazz guitar type sound. very focused and crisp. I played one in a local store. Here is a video for reference: https://youtu.be/TAzIKwdN_SY If I were to get one it would have to be with a discount and a payment plan (hint hint). I would also want to get some added warranty from Sam Ash, as this is a valuable instrument.