About

I am an acoustic engineer, my main occupation is in the R&D department at Focal, France. I’ve spent most of my professional life designing loudspeaker units and systems for a very wide range of applications, from hi-fi to professional audio, car audio and marine applications. 

I have been passionated about music recording and production since my youth, and I’ve recorded several albums and EP while I was living in Italy, in my small Studio dei Castagni.
One day, I decided to start building musical instruments, as a natural evolution of my journey, out of curiosity, pleasure and passion, just a couple of instruments per year, just to make each new guitar my best one. Since the beginning of my luthier activity, I have been applying my experience of the audio industry, and the familiarity with state-of-the-art design and analysis instruments, to experiment new techniques, new features, new designs and building solutions.
Studying the acoustics of the instruments, developing new ways to measure and assess their characteristics, understanding how these parameters interact with the player and the listeners to define the perception of sound, the feelings and emotions that come out from taking a guitar in your arms and play a tune; and developing new solutions to improve their performances, to reach the actual center of their heart.

Many thanks goes to Maurizio Mazzenga, that is responsible for the graphic design of Iulius Guitars, and to Arnaud Decillia, electronic engineer. Their exceptional expertise is of great help to define many aspects of Iulius instruments, and I am grateful to have the chance to share this passion with such good friends, and to be continually challenged to do my best.
In technologies you will find a glimpse of the major innovations that define Iulius Guitars, and if you are interested to check-out more of the theory behind it you can go to my research page and help yourself with the many articles I’ve published over the years on luthiery and audio, and some good old classic of the literature I’ve selected for you.
My whole life is dedicated to design and build objects that serve the music, and the non-commercial aspect of my luthier activity allows me to just follow my curiosities and to experiment new possibilities without limits or concerns.
Aiming for the perfect instrument, the one that fits your hands and fulfills your soul.

 

Giuliano Nicoletti