I would go to harmony central and read up on the reviews . I have never been a fan of short scale anything, basses included. I suppose the frets would be closer on a short scale, but what you make up for there you lose out in other areas.
I know the epiphone sg bass that is not a short scale sounds pretty good, for the money you spend on it. As far as squire, I guess it depends on which bass you go with. I know one of their basses has very low fret wires - to the point they are