Sometimes good to fatten up baselines with a real bass sound
One doesn't start to play bass on a high end Warwick, so this Squier is a necessary evil. Is it? Not per se. It obviously depends on what kind of music you want to play. If you are a starter or "just want to play some bass" then go for the this one. I had loads of fun with this bass and I still keep it around (after 10+ years).
I was in a Guitar Center one day, looking for a Rogue LX200B Series III bass guitar, and ended up walking out with one of these instead. The body, although not contoured, is light, thin, and extremely comfy, the neck is short scale, and the neck profile is extremely nice. The pickup is incredibly smooth and sweet, and is positioned so that the tone is pretty evenly balanced. All in all, I would certainly recommend this as a first bass to anyone who wants to learn.
I got this bass when I was nine and just learning. It is smaller than a regular bass so it fit, and I didn't need anything of quality at nine years old. Now it's my only bass and It can be problematic when its warped neck and cheap pickup limit creative potential. It is a very beginner bass so it's supposed to suck, and I like that there is a very cheap, smaller option out there. But still, one star from me.
This is a great, well made bass for both beginners and experienced players. The short scale is very comfortable, and it's got a great sound. I would highly recommend it!