the right, you'll see a picture of a common 12 string guitar
neck. The top string is numbered 12, then 11, etc. on
down. You'll also see the top string 12 is thinner than the
next one 11. Because the string is thinner, it is tuned
higher. The same is true with the next 3 pairs of strings.
Rickenbacker is the only company I know of that places the strings on 12 string guitars as you describe above, (thick on top). If for some reason a guitarist wants to reverse the order on his or her 12 string guitar from the way it was designed originally, it may be okay but the grooves in the nut are usually made wider for the thicker strings and narrower for the thinner strings. Stringing it in reverse may cause problems. Also the intonation at the saddle might be off if it was accurately set up in the first place.
The picture at the right, most 12 string guitars, and all new 12 string packages I've ever bought, all have it numbered as shown in this picture.
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