yea man there really is i bought same GHS boomers and i was jut outing them on and the little E and B string broke, gibsons r GREAT but i would recomend elixlers but gore they are about 15 doller a box but there THE best
Elixr's (sp) are not 'the' best.

And to the TS, yes, there is a major difference between brands. Quality, string-life, sound...
Just shop around and try them all, see what suits you best
i like elixers the most
Godin Velocity w/ Schaller locking tuners
Ibanez RG7321 w/ Dimarzio Crunchlab & Liquifire
Seagull Coastline S6 Burst GT QI
Random Ibanez Bass

Blackstar HT-5 Head
Avatar Contemporary 212 Cab
Peavey Valveking 112
Don't listened to our biased opinions. Go to a guitar shop and buy a bunch and try for yourself.

And, yes, the differences are sound, quality, durability, and even gauges
Bands to see before I die:
Iron Maiden
Foo Fighters
Reel Big Fish
Streetlight Manifesto

Epi LP Standard
Washburn Strat
Line 6 Spider (Yes, I know it's bad)

Ibanez RG3570Z
Digitech Whammy