My j45 va modern deluxe 28 or hd28? in Gibson Acoustic Posted December 27, 2019 · Edited December 27, 2019 by sbpark · Report reply Any of these guitars are more than perfectly suitable for "country". I'd say take the one that feels and sounds best to you. J45's are iconic for the classic country singer/songwriter. They just get the job done and pair amazingly well when sung with. D28's (and D18's) are kind of the de-facto, go-to standard for Bluegrass flat picking. HD28's would work well too for all of the above, but I personally am not a fan and think they sound very unbalanced with an overly scooped midrange, a little muddy in the low end, and can get lost in the mix when played with a bunch of other people. HD28's do fingerpick really well though. As far as the modern Deluxes go, I haven't played on where I preferred it over a Standard Series. I would sell the J45, but if you're looking for a guitar to compliment it, A D28 would be a wonderful addition to a J45. You'd have the long scale vs. short scale thing covered, You'd have the rosewood and mahogany thing covered, singer/songwriter and flat picking thing covered, etc.