Amazon Rosewood has been considered a good substitute for Brazilian Rosewood though its beautiful appearance and desirability as a tonewood should allow it to stand out in its own right. Color tends to a darker reddish brown than its counterpart. Though slightly lower on the Janka scale, Amazon Rosewood is significantly heavier than Brazilian Rosewood. Its density contributes to challenging workability, while the oil content makes for difficult gluing. The effort is rewarded by its fine lustrous polish and superior tonal qualities.
Sustainability: Although not listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, it is included in the genus-wide restriction on all Dalbergia species under CITES Appendix II.
Common Uses: Veneer, furniture, inlay, turnings, lutherie.
Comments: Amazon Rosewood will usually sink in fresh water; Brazilian Rosewood, if properly dried, should float