Originally Posted by Noot
Is it short or long scale?
I do not know for sure, but most of the solid body Höfners were short scale.
I'd say the nibbled neck plate is the least of Your worries though
The lack of strings OTOH would worry me quite a bit. These instruments aren't known for being the prime examples of great engineering nor for being examples of high manufacturing standards either, so more likely than not, the TR isn't functioning properly.
Short scale flats aren't very cheap either.
The PU's break pretty easily as well, so those should always be tested when buying a vintage Höfner.
One of the appeals of Höfners like 182, is that they're real European vintage instruments, but mostly because they share the same PU's and control plates with the 500's.
At least the 60's ones do.
If shopping wisely, one can sell the original parts of a 182 for example and upgrade them with more player friendly parts and still pocket some change.
Not quite so with that 186 there.
I would pass on that, low-balling is something I loathe, being on either side of the deal.
IMO in order to make something out of that deal, You'd have to low-ball pretty deeply.