The thing that separates guys like him and a select few others in my mind was how "pure" the music coming out of him was...like the guitar was just an extension of his body and he was plugged into some supernatural force.
SRV is my favorite player but Jimi was so innovative and so good it's almost unfair to try and compare him to someone that came 15-20 years later. It's like comparing bodybuilders of different eras... can't be done fairly.
The songs Machine Gun and Voodoo Chile(Slight Return) are to me some of the ultimate expressions of electric guitar.
Plus he was left handed