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.
The pickup is a 6 pole chinese strat pickup covered, so I replaced that, and it sounds infinitely better. I made some cosmetic mods adding a black pickguard and black knobs, and set it up well with heavy strings for more tension. The short scale is really fun to run around, it's nice and light, very good value for the price, around $150 new. It stays in tune enough for a 30 minute set, but changing the tuners out is a hassle due to their odd size, so the stock ones will do.
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.
It's not fantastic quality but at the price you wouldn't expect it to be! It weighs a little bit more than a Les Paul and it's a bit longer but it's not as heavy as most basses. It's a great bass to start learning on, or if you're more experienced with playing bass, it's a fun little project to mod. Swap the hardware and pickup (the stock one is pretty good though!) and you've got a solid gigging instrument at a fraction of the cost of something boutique or high-end, without the worry that you'll dink or damage it.
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!