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Old 10-25-2018, 12:12 PM
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I don't have an answer for how this became the standard for dot positions, but I will note that if you play a major scale starting with the open string, the dots on the 5th, 7th, and 9th frets 4th, 5th, and 6th notes of the scale, respectively. The first dot on the 3rd fret does not fit this pattern though.

It should also be noted that over the span of one octave, the dots are symmetical (3-2-2-2-3) which some may find visually pleasing at least.