It's mostly cosmetics, although maple tops also alter the tone a bit.
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Quilted maple doesn't sound any different from normal plain maple, but it looks one hell of a lot nicer.

It also makes a guitar a bit more expensive, as it's relatively rare compared to flamed maple.
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Its mainly for looks, but does balance out an all-mahogany guitar by adding some high-end to the tone.
they are usually added to mahogany guitars to brighten up the tone slightly. ohhhh, and they look gorgeous!
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