I like to play bass that way but whenever I make cord formations and pluck around at the bottom end, it always gets a bit muddy sounding for me.
So I tried it with a capo on the 3rd fret and that cleans it right up. But somewhere along the line, I bought into this "cheater" folklore I guess. Never liked playing with them.
So here's the solution. Instead of missing out on the first three frets and having to transpose to play with the band anyway, why not go with a shorter scale?
the low B was muddy and the strings were too close together
It looked ok but some things were not right
I eliminated one of the tuners and reconfigured the nut... experimented with string gauges. This thing sstays in tune better than any of my expensive classic guitars! I love it.