We're all about lists here at Guitar Chalk, and this one is made up entirely of 24 fret electric guitars.
Note that most electric guitars come with 22 frets, usually in the medium jumbo size. We're listing guitars with 24 frets, regardless of fret size. We should also mention that this list is specific to electric guitars, since there are very few acoustics with 24 frets.
Adding to this List
Note that this list is not comprehensive, and that with most of these pages, we have an active community that recommends additions. If you have a 24 fret guitar in mind that you think deserves inclusion, drop it in the comments below and we'll list it in the user-submitted section beneath the main table.
11 Best 24 Fret Guitars (electric)
This list contains 11 guitars we recommend, all with 24 frets. If the "rated" column lists n/a, that simply means we haven't given that guitar a full (single product) review yet. Also, you can use the compare buttons to look at pricing and basic features of each guitar and access their respective product pages.
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Ibanez Ichika Signature ICHI10
PRS S2 Custom 24-08
PRS SE Custom 24
PRS SE Custom 24 Floyd
PRS SE Standard 24
PRS SE Custom 24-08
Schecter Hellraiser C-1 FR-S
Ibanez Prestige RGR652AHBF
ESP LTD EC-1000
Ibanez Steve Vai Signature JEM77
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Why did we choose these guitars?
When we do a "best of" list like this one, we focus on the following factors when deciding what gets included:
- Our own personal experience (we lean towards guitars we've actually played)
- Community consensus (there are a lot of voices out there giving their impression of electric guitars and other guitar gear on the market.
- High-end features (nicer tonewood, third party designers for pickups, bridges and other hardware).
- High-value: Guitars that give you the most quality for what you pay
- Brand reputation: There are a handful of electric guitar brands that we're familiar with and trust far more than others.
Read more: Best Electric Guitar Brands
Does a 24-fret Stratocaster exist?
If one is in production or available in the Custom Shop, we have not been able to find it. My guess is that most of these Strats - if they are out there - are modified necks or custom builds, where the builder just used a longer neck and made it work for the Stratocaster.
Typically, you're not going to find these, at least not from Fender directly. Other more obscure companies might have Stratocaster-style electric guitars (Charvel, Guild, etc.) with 24 frets.
But again, we haven't seen them. The Strat and Tele are 22 fret guitars through and through.
What are 24 fret guitars most ideal for?
While the number of frets doesn't entirely define a guitar's purpose, it's a small piece of the puzzle in regards to knowing what musical and playing styles it's most ideal for. We can make some basic recommendations about what kind of situations would make for the perfect 24 fret guitar buyer:
- Speed player, fast moving style
- Most lead guitar styles
- Those who incorporate a lot of higher register notes into their playing
- Technical soloing
- Modern rock and metal
All of these contexts are helped by the presence of a 24 fret electric guitar. Obviously 22 fret guitars can work here as well, but if you're looking for an ideal scenario and a reason to buy a guitar with 24 frets, this list gives you the best arguments for pulling the trigger.
Which brands are most likely to produce these guitars?
They're almost always electric guitars, and typically we see the following three brands:
- Paul Reed Smith (PRS)
- ESP LTD
Other brands will have a few, but the above three are easily the most active when it comes to producing 24 fret guitars.
What about Fender, Epiphone, and Gibson?
As awesome as they are, these manufacturers almost never produce 24 fret electric guitars, at least not that we've been able to spot.
Even the Fender Stratocaster with a Floyd Rose is still at 22 frets.
How can you tell it's a 24 fret guitar?
Other than counting the frets, which is a pain, simply check the specs sheet. You can also typically sort electric guitar categories on retailer's websites, to filter out only 24 fret options. For example, here's the filter on the Sweetwater electric guitar category:
You can also look at the neck. If the 12th fret has two dots on it - which it typically will - the 24th fret will have two dots as well. Here's a picture of a neck with those markings:
And of course the most common method of ID is the spec sheet for a given guitar. Sweetwater and manufacturer spec listings are the most reliable, but if you're looking on something like Amazon or eBay, you should make sure and corroborate specs with the product's manufacturer page.
There are a lot of 24 fret guitars out there, but these are some of my absolute favorites. Even if you don't go with one of my recommendations, you can use them as a rough guide as you browse. Look for reputable brands, a neck built for speed, and good quality in the rest of the guitar.
If you have questions about our list, our process, or anything related to these guitars, feel free to jump into the comments section below.
And as we mentioned above, if you have a 24 fret guitar you want included, that can go in the comments as well.
We'll add it in the user-submitted section with a shout-out.
See you then.