Get the tone
A clean tone is very much the done thing in country music and, more often than not, you’ll find the majority of country guitarists use a single-coil equipped guitar. This is then often played through a quality valve combo. A lack of gain can lead to a lack of sustain and this is particularly noticeable when soloing. Therefore many players will use a compressor to give their notes added longevity; this can also serve to temper the higher frequencies often associated with single-coils. In recent years players have increasingly been driving their amps as well, so a distorted sound is becoming more acceptable (you can always turn down to clean things up). When playing acoustic, many players tend to favour a big dreadnought, but considering acoustics are often mic’d or DI’d, this is not such a pressing concern. Instead, I would suggest that your acoustic is actually playable above the 4th fret as, with country music, you never know when you might get the nod to take a solo.