The guitar duo shares the vintage-meets-modern setups they use to craft their soul-tinged rock that still packs arenas.

John Bohlinger hung with John Oates and Shane Theriot (above right) before soundcheck at a recent sold-out show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Each night, the guitar duo splits duties on the vast catalog of platinum-selling hits that have propelled the group for nearly 40 years.

Thanks to techs Frank Robbins and Justin Stabler.

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