Looking at my post above made in May of 2014 i have to cringe a little. I think i was a snob then, the beauty of the internet.
Anyway, reason for my resurrecting this thread is that today i popped into Andertons and went specifically to look at a white strat so i can pretend i am jimi but mucking aorund and wasting the sales ppls time i happened to see a Squier Classic Vibe 50's tele in butterscotch and maple. I have never owned a tele much less played one. So i pick up this guitar and lo and behold its actually a thing of beauty, well made, excellent frets, everything in its place. They also had a MiM player tele in lefty so kinda played the 2 (not plugged in i am too kak to play plugged in in that shop. (the calibre of player is generally superlative being Andertons) . Well, long story short i kinda preferred the Custom Vibe 50's. It just felt better. and its 200 quid cheaper. Made in indonesia this is a couple of pay grades above the bullet variety or affinity varieties.
Anyone else got a custom vibe? comments? should i pull the trigger ?