Hi Everyone

I am new to guitar and have been having lessons for a few months now with just an acoustic. Really enjoying it and am doing ok provided I practice!

The main type of music I actually listen to is 70's & 80's Soul & RnB, Reggae and Nu Soul but more and more I notice that a lot of the guitarists for this kind of music are using electrics, semi acoustics or electric bass.

I wondered if people could give me some input:

Is an acoustic the best guitar to learn the basics for my musical tastes?
If not would an electro acoustic give me a sound which is closer to what I listen to?

Thanks in anticipation of some helpful pointers