do you have a guitar store in your area? for 400.00 as posted above you should be able to find a nice used bass or a decent entry level bass. I would suggest you goto your local music store and play a few brands, see what you like and then look for what you feel is fitting for you. Also check out websites for some of the bigger guitar centers and read some reviews on the brand and model you Think fits your feel and style. Squire does make some nice gear but be aware that you get what you pay for (i.e. some models superior to others). Hence the research and hands on!!
Hope that helps and enjoy!!! Disappointing to buys something nd not like it later