I'll admit I chose a maple guitar on the aesthetics.
I didn't have the chance to try them side by side. Besides, given the difference between individual guitars, I think I would need ten of each to draw a generalization about the wood rather than the individual guitars.
I try not to go too crazy with my assessment of instruments. If they sound nice, seem well made and are enjoyable to play, I am " good to go". I have enough guitars to know that one day one will sound a little "off" and then a month later it just seems to " have it". Maybe it's the humidity, maybe the room, maybe my ears... Then, of course, being behind the guitar rather than in front, presents its own issues. Add this to the different types and ages of strings and I just get a headache trying to split hairs.
What I can say about my maple guitar is it is 640mm scale and the body is about 1/4 smaller lower bout than that of a "traditional" PC model. I think the back plate is somewhat thicker looking at the binding, so it seems Maestro Sakurai built a few other differences in besides just a change of wood. It has more sustain than my Ramirez 4E with a cedar top, although the timbre still seems a bit "Spanish" to me. Not as dark or growly (?) sound but not particularly bright either. I would say it is a versatile sweet, balanced sound. Of course, over time ( break in) , and with various string combinations, I think I'll fine tune it to my preferences.