But Seriously Folks

When Joe Walsh titled his Album "But Seriously Folks," I'm not entirely sure it was without a smirk, but seriously folks, I am so incredibly grateful for my amazing customers.  I've been working through editing some photos of custom projects to get this website...

Design Philosophy

Its getting close to the end of the year which is a great time to reflect.  Lately I've been very focused on the details of my instruments.  Getting everything just right so that I can continue to grow my brand in a healthy way.  It's also given me a...

Electric Art

This article originally appeared in print in The Source Weekly written by Anne Pick. Electric Art Adam Mendel creates solid body electric ukuleles with his company Riverbend Instruments BY ANNE PICK   Plenty of big names and longtime residents come to...

The Tale of the Headless Ukes

Ichabod Crane must be nearby, because recently I’ve found myself with headless ukes on my bench.  It started with this awesome vintage Kamaka soprano ukulele.  I went to check out some Koa at an acquaintance's house and he asked if I ever worked in trade....

Uke U 6

This weekend more than 300 ukulele players descended on the sleepy town of Tumalo, Oregon for the 6th annual Ukulele University and we were honored to attend the event as sponsors.  The weekend was filled with great workshops, concerts, and sing alongs, but the best...

What’s With The Butter Knife?

If you’ve ever taken the neck off of your Riverbend Instruments ukulele, you may have noticed a butter knife with a signature and date next to it and wondered what a butter knife has to do with electric ukuleles.  Several years ago I was playing music with my friend...

Kauai, HI – The search for Koa begins!

After years, of playing, listening to, and appreciating the ukulele, I recently took my first trip to Hawaii.  We stayed on the charming Island of Kauai, where we had plenty of surf, snorkeling and sunshine, but unlike most visitors to the island, I was on a mission....

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