Steve Prodger, aka Six String Stretch, or more commonly just Stretch, has lived in the Twin Cities since the age of 6. Stretch got his first guitar at the age of 12 and took his initial lessons at Schmidtt Music in Mounds View. As many other guitar players starting out, Stretch wanted to emulate Ace Frehley. But over the years his influences grew to the likes of Alex Skolnick, Adrian Smith, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Hanneman, George Lynch, and many more. Stretch started out playing in cover bands, initially he played in party bands but eventually went into the Minnesota music scene in the cover band Gutterslut. After a good run in Gutterslut, the band eventually came to an end which gave Stretch the opportunity to play original music. He then joined the band Fire (who by chance was on the bill for Fatal Kaliber's very first show). After many gigs and some writing, Fire eventually went on a hiatus, to which the band Matrekis was spawned. After a five year run in Matrekis, Stretch took a break to focus on some personal goals and took the time to go back to the roots of music theory. But after a couple years away from the music scene, Stretch was encouraged by his wife Barbi to get back into it. Stretch began to look for the right fit and it just so happened to be that Fatal Kaliber was looking for a guitar player. Knowing the band, the style, and the members, Stretch knew it would be a perfect fit. So he reached out to Slinger and set up an audition.