This is actually a more complicated question than you think because of the number of different guitar configurations that are out there.
Let’s look at electric guitars first and then acoustic guitars.
Electric Guitar Number Of Frets
Typically most electric guitars have either 22 or 24 frets. However, guitar designs vary and there are 12 string electric guitars—sometimes referred to as “baritone” guitars or “bass” guitars—which often have 28 frets.
There are also a few instruments which have 36 frets. However, these are specialize instruments and aren’t easily accessible to most people. Indeed, the most common electric guitars in the world only have 22 or 24 frets.
Guitars With 22 Frets
Probably the most common 22 fret guitars are the Fender Stratocaster, Gibson Les Paul and Fender Telecaster. These guitars are found on every corner of the world, and have been popular for decades.
Guitars With 24 Frets
I usually equate 24 fret guitars to the more modern electrics from Ibanez, etc.
22 Vs 24 Frets
If you’re a new player, not a lot of guitarists can explain what difference having 24 frets really means. Because frankly, most guitarists really don’t notice it until they can actually play at least half decently.
So, what is the difference between 24 and 22 fret guitars? Here is my take on it.
Having more frets means that you have more room to spread out your fingers. There’s no doubt about it. More room to slide around means that you can play stuff quite a bit faster, and with higher accuracy than if you were playing on a guitar with 22 frets.
You also have 12 more notes to play with.
How Can You Tell Between 22 And 24 Fret Guitars?
Well, you can just count the frets but there is a quick way to tell on most guitars. Just look at the last fret on the neck – the one closest to the bridge. If it has an inlay with two dots, like the 12th fret, you have a 24 fret guitar. If not, it usually means that it is a 22 fret guitar.
Acoustic Guitar Number Of Frets
Even though it may not seem like it to some people, acoustic guitars have frets too. The most common types of acoustic guitars have 20 frets. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule but for the most part, this is what you usually find.
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So, in short, guitars with 22 or 24 frets are the norm, but there are a few oddballs out there. Generally, electric guitarists prefer 24 frets and acoustic guitarists prefer 20 frets.