Any difference between regular S and S with flamed maple?
I've been wanting a late 80's/early 90's S series for years now - in particular, the flamed maple models caught my eye. I'm finally in a position to buy one at the right price, but I've never had the opportunity to play the FM models. I understand they're slightly thicker due to the maple on the top and back, but is there any audible difference? Will an S540 and S540FMTT with identical electronics sound more or less the same? Is all I'm paying for with the FM cosmetics?
To me, tone and playability are King and Queen. I'm very particular about getting rich, warm, but articulate tone with the ease of playability a thin Fender/PRS/Ibanez neck and body have to offer. If, say, I find a solid color S540 in very good condition for $600 and a comparable S540FM for $700-800, should I just go with the S540?