check out the SA series first. Wrong forum though really.
Squier Classic Vibe Custom
Vox Pathfinder 15R
Fender Jazz Bass
hey i have a gio
it was my second guitar after the acoustic
its not bas at al for a beginner
you will eventually outgrow it and surpass its capabilities
but gio's SUCK and schecters have better quality for lower $

then again...i might think gio's suck because im too used to higher end guitars, and
not garbage
I think theres one Schecter thats under $300. Maybe 2. Bit if ur a beginner, i think u should buy it and upgrade when u see fit to.