For a very long time I’d wanted to get an Epiphone J-200. A genuine Gibson would be too expensive, but my previous experience with Epiphones had been very positive, so I didn’t really have a problem getting the cheaper version. Also, I didn’t have serious designs on being an acoustic guitarist.
Late 2011 I’d decided to do some proper recordings of the songs I demoed back in the 2005-06 period, which needed an acoustic guitar. Having got rid of the awful Manhattan the previous year, I took the plunge on the Epiphone. Although electro versions are available, I find piezo pickups to be a bit plasticky in sound, so I got the regular version and miked it up instead.