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Not handwritten; it's machine-printed on a tag that bears the model, the finish/color, and the intials of the inspector. In my experience it's part of the guitar, insofar that it is a tangible connection to the Fender factory (Corona, in this case).
I purchased a(nother) AS Strat and while this is a very, very nice guitar, the people at the local mom and pop who sold it to me definitely do NOT have the original hang tag/case. It also had the sticker over the trem arm hole removed.
Which means it's been hanging out in the store awhile, and that's OK with me - but I have a funky weird feeling that my hang tag has another guitar's serial #.
Honey - I've got friends at FMIC and have no issues with warranty service, but somehow I feel like this is a "break in the chain" of documentation - was that your concern also?