Without getting into the debate of "is there a difference" (if it's possible) - I used to try to aim at specific player's tones and wanted accurate gear. With time I understood that it's mostly about tge right approach to the gear than having the right gear... But as I can speak only for myself why do others care so much about it? Is it because they want to sound like a specific player who might have Alder instead of Ash (tgat was my consideration)? Do they believe tgat a Strat won't be a Strat (although Strat Tone is such a broad term)? Any other reasons?