A brief search tells me Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES) controls the importation of woods, and not Obama, it's also international not specific to America. Being in the industry VGZ will have a stack of information available to enlighten all. (Apologies if I seem harsh, but if someone puts forward a strong point of view that they believe is factual then they should provide proof, that isn't asking too much.) The simple fact is America is one of many countries experiencing issues with the availability of good wood, Brazilian rosewood is very rare. Look at the issues Taylor had with Ebony, Gibson use Richlite instead of ebony on their Flying V guitars. https://reverb.com/au/news/How-Guitar-Construction-Will-Change-in-the-Coming-Years The real fix is for guitar manufacturers to grow their own wood and manage its production, but until (if ever) that happens you'll have to put up with what you get or buy a Steinberger.