my battered old yamaha needed strings when we got it (traded 5 minutes of sue’s time on a web task for it; yeehaw!)
I let it sit around for months wishing I had five bucks for strings and one day opened the gig bag and I already had some (bought ’em the day I got the guitar. d’oh.)
no ball ends or anything cool; knots behind the bridge. never done hand-tied strings before, but it worked out. now I have to play it every day to get the strings worn in so they’ll hold a tuning.
how ’bout you? what are you doing to get your gear ready?