Name: Conrad Harpham
Track entered: Dr. Thompson's Casebook
Current main guitar: Framus Diablo Custom
Conrad has been tearing it up on the guitar for two decades, after being encouraged to start playing by his brother. A music teacher who also performs with a semi-pro soul band, Conrad names Joe Satriani, Albert Lee and Reb Beach as his guitar heroes – while bands like Dokken and Winger get plenty of airplay in his house. Winning Guitarist of the Year would be “the realisation of a 20-year ambition” Conrad says, adding that he’s wanted to make the final ever since taking up the guitar.
Random fact: He lives in the same town as 2003 champ Jas Morris – they’re good buddies!