I own a lefty Japanese Jaguar that I bought on second hand many years ago. I like it, the neck seems of good quality but there are some problems that make me think that it's probably a fake or half fake. Here's why: (I'm French so I hope my English is clear enough)
On the head there is no string retainer
There is just a Fender logo (that is not a sticker) on the head, but nothing else, no "jaguar" mark or something like that.
The color of the head and the body are slightly different if you look closely
The fret edges seem smooth but on the area where the neck joins the body the neck exceeds a little so the strings are a little to close to the neck and the strings distant from the pick ups
I have a lot of problems with the electronic, sometimes there is suddenly no sound at all without a reason.
On the plate behind the body there is no Fender logo or F letter
The trem arm feels ‘loose’ and often falls when I play
Behind the neck the serial number seems ok : crafted in japan serial number Q 039 139. The guitar dater project says Fuji-gen Plant (for Fender Japan), Japanin 1993 - 1994
On the trem plate there is this inscription : Fender PAT #2.972.923 but I can't find anything about this number
So when I write all these strange clues it seems obvious it's not the original body with the right neck or just a fake Fender. So what do you think ?
Here are some photos of the elements.
Thank you for your help.