South American mahogany is Honduras Mahogany , the genus name being the same Sweetania Macrophylla. This genus is found in other places in Asia and Polynesia, some of which is plantation grown . It varies a great deal in density and color, Hence the industry has dyed it brown when finishing. Some builders when finishing in figured wood, stain it , so the stain penetrates the wood to highlight the figure even more. Heavier density will add to more resonant distinction. The lighter wood sets have a sweeter mellower tone.