My dad (who was a huge fan of both) used to say that what a lot of folks need to remember is that when players like Clapton and Hendrix came on the scene, rock and roll as we know it had only existed for about 10 years. The gear they had and the things they were doing with it are accepted as givens now, but back in '67 it was like these guys were from outer space. Huge stacks of amps, fuzz pedals, and bludgeoning volume just weren't really a thing until they arrived. Think about 10 years....in that span of time the role the electric guitar played in popular music went from "Be Bop a Lula" to "Purple Haze". The difference is like night and day. It was the same with Eddie Van Halen to a certain extent. He took the Clapton/Hendrix template (heavy, blues based rock, piles of loud amps) and drove it even further into the stratosphere, rendering pretty much everything that every guitarist was doing at the time moot...again in the space of about 10 years. That first VH album effectively killed disco.