My USA Traditional is pretty special to me for this reason. I posted it on the 1st page of this thread. Anyway, mine clocks in at 8.6 lbs, has a decently dark rosewood board. Its got a nice flame top and some nice grain to the mahogany as well, again not CS level or anything but I still really like it. I know what you mean in general though, a lot of the USA models are total dogs compared to the CS ones. A few are really good but you gotta go through piles to find a real nice one. The newer 2019s I've seen about 1/10 have really nice maple and rosewood, the rest are big piles of lumber it seems. I've seen some really nice ones on the forum but not many else where.