Most commonly, 12 string guitars have their bottom four pairs arranged so that when strumming down, the octave strings sound before the original E A D and G. Is there any particular reason for this? Could they be strung the other way? Why is this the 'standard'?

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    My first thought was, "No, they don''t." So I had to have a closer look. Rickenbackers don't, & that's the only 12-string I've ever had. Everything else does appear to.
    – Tetsujin
    Oct 31, 2022 at 15:58
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    I truly don’t know but it seems to me that by having the high string higher there is less of a chance of missing the second string of a pair on a downstroke than if the low string were higher. The high string might also produce a little more volume by being struck first. Just spitballing here. Oct 31, 2022 at 16:18
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    Yeah, I guess it's an accuracy/volume thing - but no-one ever complained they needed to re-string their Rikki … it has a sound of its own & in all the time I had one it never even occurred to me it was the 'wrong way up'. [For the past 15 years or so my "Rikki 12" sound has been from my 6-string Variax, so it is no longer of immediate concern, tbh ;)
    – Tetsujin
    Oct 31, 2022 at 18:25
  • Ricks are not the only ones strung differently, but it is rare. Nov 1, 2022 at 3:41
  • i had a 12 string takamine and that was strung octave first on the lower strings. Nov 1, 2022 at 9:40


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