This is an interesting video that shows a comparison between the Squier Classic Vibe '50s Telecaster and a US-made Fender '52 Tele Reissue. The reviewer plays a couple of licks, repeated on both guitars, so for example if you start on about 0:24 and then at 0:50, you hear the same lick for comparison.
The whole reason for the introduction of the "Classic Vibe" series by Squier was an attempt to capture classic Fender features and tones, but at a price level that would be affordable to everyone. My opinion is that they've succeeded quite well, and most guitarists seem to agree that the Squier Classic Vibe Guitars provide great value. Check out this video and judge for yourself!
NOTE: This video was made by AudioFanZine.com, an online magazine for musicians and sound engineers. ActiveMusician.com is not affiliated with AudioFanZine.com.