Has anyone heard about these? I'm looking into getting a Telecaster, and wondering if this is a better deal than an MIM Tele, or if I just should hold out until I can snag a used American Tele. Budget is kind of a concern, but if it's better to hold out and pay more for the American, or an MIM with some different pickups, I'm all for that.
'Cause I have done it before and I will do it some more....
I played both of these in a shop the other day... I'm after a tele myself. I have to say that I thought the MIM was definetely the better guitar. The Assistant highly praised the Classic Vibe, but I thought it sounded a bit more glassy and hollow whereas the MIM was brighter and fuller.

Go and try them for yourself!