Okay, this was an amazingly good analogy for me. To give you an idea, I *NOW* own an '83 Les Paul Custom and a 2001 Alverez Yairi acoustic. I don't think I have plugged my processor in over 2 years and my fender bullet an old amp has sat with a friend who wanted to learn for nearly the same length of time.
So I completely understand the analogy you have made regarding guitars.
Like you did, I am finding myself buying a ton of discs just to "see". I have curbed this a but with your advice, but you always seem somewhat hesitant to give a direct opinion what disc or discs a newer person should buy. By offering more direct advice, newer players (such as myself), you eliminate the confusion that we have between brands, molds, conditions, plastics, etc.
So... based on this analogy... give a SPECIFIC list of what you think the right discs are to start with, and when to progress to other molds, etc.
Also, the one thing I cannot determine is whether you think newer people should sell all of the "extra" discs they have, as you seem to have mixed feelings about that.
Finally, maybe working on beginner specific articles would be very helpful. Such as a program on the best way to develop you skills fastest.
So, a beginner disc recommendation *could* look something like this (I am writing from how you could choose to write it, which I think I may be semi-accurate):
BEGINNER GOLF DISCS ????
Please recognize that this is not an actual list -- only a format that I think would work for Blake to give his recommendations. I am a beginner myself.
DX Gazelle 173-175, for drives when slightly windy condition
DX Gazelle 164-168, for normal fairly drives
I recommend the DX Gazelles for a few reasons. They are a good, fairly slow, generic fairway driver. Furthermore, in DX plastic, they will wear more quickly, enabling you to have mutiple versions of the same disc in various stages of wear. Other discs you could choose here are the DX Cheetah, DX Leopard and a Sabre. I would NOT pick any of these as they are more overstable or of a less desireable plastic: any star, Z, champion plastic. Teebird, Beast, Easgle, Orc, Starfire, Predator, etc.
Star/Champ Sidewinder 165-171, long distance open drives
The only star/champion entry, the sidewinder will give you the "high-end" disc happiness while still being easy to control for a beginner. Eventually you can use this as a high-speed turnover disc. The only other option would be the roadrunner or valkarie.
DX Firebird 175, very overstable driver for throwing into a heavy, direct headwind
This is only for throwing into a 15 mph headwind and above. Other options are ...
DX Shark 180 new, mid range
DX Shark 180 beat up, mid range
While I recognize is it tough for a beginner to have a "beat up" disc, it may be worth buying one used, or just going and throwing it at a bunch of trees for a day. The used one will fly less-stable giving you some choices. Other options are Roc, Comet, Buzz and MRV.
Wizard 175, putter
Other options include Aviar P&A, Challenger and Banger, although almost any putter besides *insert name here* should be fine.
As you progress, you undoubtably want to try new discs. Here are a few recommendations to think about.
The first new disc you may want to experiment with is your fairway driver. You might want to do this when you can consistently throw 300' with the Gazelle. While you may gain a few more feet with another driver before that, you will not improve your overall game. Once you can throw 300', these are the discs I would recommend. They are all more overstable than the Gazelle, with a little more speed and glide. They are *instert list here*. I would still NOT get any champion/star/Z plastic, as they are still too overstable for you right now.
Once you can throw 350' consistently with your new fairway driver, you can consider...
Anyway, you see where I am going with this.
Blake -- I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful resource and your patience in helping people. I know everyone really appreciates it.