Interesting! No doubt you are right about local woods being used in China. However the people they buy their 'local' wood from probably got it illegally from elsewhere. Illegal logging in China is a huge problem there too. Either way China is the world's biggest consumer/importer of illegal timber. Google thinks 15% of imports are illegal but that is only an estimate. So whether it ends up in guitars or not, its ending up in something and demand is rising exponentially year on year for exotic and tropical woods all illegally logged. Veneers are often used yes: However just because its a slice of something doesn't mitigate the damage and the environmental impact. Those slices come off bigger pieces etc. They just go further. It is my understanding that Gibson was using rain forest wood and had knowingly continued to illegally source it even after other companies had pulled out. They were caught red-handed in 2009 with Madagascan ebony they shouldn't have had. It's a serious business: rosewood can sell for U.S. $5000 per cubic meter, more than double the price of mahogany. Several hundred million dollars of these precious hardwoods were cut in 2009 within protected areas on Madagascar alone and guess where most of it went? Not Nashville.