It depends on what genre of music you are most interested in playing. There are three main types of guitars: Electric guitars, Steel string acoustic guitars, and Nylon string guitars. Electric guitars have an amplified, bigger-than-life, and at times distorted, sound and are used mainly in rock, punk, blues, country, jazz, metal, reggae, and funk. Acoustic steel string guitars are used predominantly in folk, country, blues, pop, and they have a brighter, more sustaining tone that is typically associated with the acoustic guitar. Nylon string guitars will have a mellow, more muted tone that is heard mostly in classical, flamenco, and latin music.