Guitar strings numbered in reverse?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by ElectroVibe, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. ElectroVibe


    Mar 2, 2013
    Does anyone know why guitar strings seem to be numbered in reverse?

    I have always thought of low E as "1" and high E as "6". But that is turned completely around, like when people refer to the first string, etc, they start with the highest one. I'm wondering why that is.

    Does anyone know why this is?
  2. RED J

    RED J Lol

    Jan 23, 2000
    It is because it is and has been ever since memory runneth not to the contrary. Windeth T. Gutstring set this standard in 1752.
  3. JTE

    JTE Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    You were wrong. As long as I've been playing, since 1970 or earlier, the first string has been the highest pitched one.