Beginning to wonder about the popular new marketing terms versus factual definitions. Ex: it took me a bit to realize that "select spruce" and even "spruce" is now "plywood." I have an Alleykat & it looks nice. But according to my antique-wood-expert-refinish friends, real "flame maple" is from a crotch of the tree & has a pattern that speads out like a flame. These "flame maple" guitars look like striped maple, which is even more valuable than flame maple if it is real (doubt it). What exactly IS this wood (or more accurately, top veneer layer of the plys), and is the pattern created by some artificial means or coating process? Please no guessers.