[*:3klvgryp]american reissue body and neck have smoother, more rounded, contours and edges. such as " hand sanded rolled neck edges".
[*:3klvgryp]american body is always alder. some japanese jaguars can be made of basswood
[*:3klvgryp]the american fretboard is slab and japanese is veneer. the american fretboard is also much darker rosewood than the paler japanese.
[*:3klvgryp]american body and neck are painted/finished in nitrocellulose based paint and finish. japanese is polyurathane.
[*:3klvgryp]american has clay dot markers. japanese has pearl dots.
[*:3klvgryp]japanese has ping tuners. american has gotoh.
[*:3klvgryp]american has wax potted pickups. japanese doesn't.
[*:3klvgryp]american has reverse wound and reverse polepieces on the neck pickup (for 60 cycle hum cancelling). both japanese pickups are normal wound and normal poles and have no noise cancelling effect.
[*:3klvgryp]american pickups have bevelled polepieces. japanese has flat polepeices.
[*:3klvgryp]american pickup covers are aged white. japanese are plain white
[*:3klvgryp]american has cloth wrapped wiring. japanese has plastic wrapped wiring.
[*:3klvgryp]american has brass sheilding plates in the body routes underneath the pickgaurd and control plates. japanese used to have some brass sheilding plates in some of the routes. but now it is shielding paint.
[*:3klvgryp]american has CTS pots, switchcraft switches, capacitors and output jack. japanese has unbranded pots, switches and output jack.
[*:3klvgryp]japanese has polished stainless steel control plates and metal hardware. american has plain steel control plates and hardware that are plated in chrome.
[*:3klvgryp]american has nickel plated screws and threads. japanese has stainless steel screws and threads. all screws and thread on either guitar are not the same.
[*:3klvgryp]american and japanese saddles are very different in size. japanese intonation screws are too long.
[*:3klvgryp]american has the mute. japanese doesn't.
[*:3klvgryp]american comes with a bridge cover. japanese doesn't
[*:3klvgryp]american has pop in trem bar notch. japanese wedges in.
[*:3klvgryp]american has a serial number stamped into the neck plate. japanese has a serial number on a decal on the back of the neck.
[*:3klvgryp]american jaguar comes with hard case, a strap, a vintage lead, set of fender flatwounds, duster etc. japanese jaguar comes without case or accessories.
as a side note, it is worth mentioning all hardware etc is completely original to either japanese or american. the trems are very different to one another. and the pickguards don't match up. every last screw is different about them. whether an american neck would fit on a japanese body, and vice versa, i do not know. i'll keep updating this post to input new info