The Superjesus’ Jason Slack: “I had no real plan from the start, I just wanted to make a guitar”

The Superjesus
(Image credit: Press/Supplied)

When  the beloved Adelaidian alt-rockers in The Superjesus head out on the (belated) 20th anniversary tour for their cracking debut, Jet Age, you might notice that lead guitarist Jason Slack – who joined the band a year after Jet Age hit shelves – is playing on a rather unique piece of kit. Before the 12-date run kicks off in September, Slack is building a bespoke, one‑of‑a‑kind guitar themed around the LP, and he’ll take it for its first spin onstage when The Superjesus play Jet Age in full.

After the tour, Slack will bid his Jet Age axe farewell. Don’t worry, it’s not being destroyed or anything – after it’s signed by the whole band, Slack will auction the piece off to one lucky Superjesus diehard, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. Slack’s father – who helped the lil’ ragamuffin build his first guitar at age 15 – recently passed away from Glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. In addition to celebrating The Superjesus’ monolithic breakthrough album, the guitar is a loving tribute to him.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…