I would get a skill tree with Fury Stance and another tree for Guard Stance.
You don't need a Guard Stance build early on as monsters don't hit that hard at lower difficulties.
Just squeeze damage from your skill tree to progress through the game until you reach lvl 75 or so, then you can grind a nice powerful weapon that can compensate for the loss of offensive skills and switch to a Guard Stance build.
A lot of people just throw a final build and expect you magically understand what skills to pick first.
I'll just share a Fury Stance build, explaining how it should look like on different level thresholds and the rationale behind my decisions (because it's actually my build)
You should max Fury Stance first, here's how your tree looks like when you max it at lvl 18: http://bit.ly/33qOjbP
Then you proceed to do the quest (client order from your hunter master Ohza) to obtain +5 skill points, at that point you should pick the utility skills at lvl 20: http://bit.ly/2IUbRwk
At lvl 30, you should proceed to pick the Fury Stance boosts as they are just passive boosts (unconditional damage boost): http://bit.ly/2x0Uqru
At lvl 40, you should practice your Just Attacks (or Perfect Attacks) and put points in their corresponding boosts as you start getting better at it: http://bit.ly/2TXRS6p
At lvl 52, I recommend you pick Automate Halfline as you'll start to encounter harder bosses and experiment with higher difficulties, you should've also done the client order for the extra Skill Points from Ohza (should be available at lvl 45): http://bit.ly/33mJCji
You should be set from there on, until you finally reach this build: http://bit.ly/2OMFOlp
With that build, you can farm materials and weapons and prepare to switch to the Guard Stance build they shared up there in this thread.
Although it's fairly cheap, if you don't want to spend money for a new skill tree, then ignore my guide and just go for the Guard Stance (which is also hella good but requires a different playstyle)