Welcome to TalkBass, Ian. I think you'll enjoy yourself here. Might want to keep the guitar-playing on the QT, though...
The Vintage Modified models are very nice for the money, and the Classic Vibe series are even better (by a large margin), for only $50 more, on average. I kick myself quite often for selling my Classic Vibe, and nearly as often for selling my Vintage Modified. No, they aren't as good as my current bass, but the difference isn't nearly as great as the difference in price would indicate. Don't let the haters talk you out of a Squier, they are outstanding basses for the money. They quality control isn't as great as it could be, so be sure to try before you buy (or be willing to send it back if you buy online). When you get a good one, it's a great one, so hang on to it!
Again, welcome! and enjoy.
Originally Posted by JimmyM
"You're just the bass player."
I replied, "Not any longer I'm not."
(Ampeg PortaFlex #376, LOG #433, Country #35, CV #92, PBass #804, JBass #1205, SVT-7 Pro #7, IBaHSB #27)