Something looks odd there. Forget about the tail for a minute, let's look at the bridge.
Just checked my Custom which has a higher than average neck angle, the bridge is almost exactly level across the board, maybe just a tad higher on the bass side. Now I know every guitar is different...
The recommended method is that you raise the tailpiece just enough so the strings clear the back of the bridge.
However, this often raises a few points of discussion;
Some say if you bolt the tail right down, you get better sustain, as there is better mechanical coupling between the...
It's what works for you. If it's original, the '81 should have Tim Shaw pickups which are quite sought after. I have an 1980 Custom in Natural and that's one heavy guitar with a three-piece maple neck, but I wouldn't swap it.
Can't help but agree with what's being said here. A Les Paul is something you aspire towards. What you don't aspire towards is a Classic that is no longer a Classic, has three knobs, a stupidly wide neck and a brass nut.
There are plenty of very decent LPs out there. Don't rule out a 2014...
I'm curious to know if anyone has tried one of these yet. Just looking at the pics and they look very sweet indeed.
I don't know if you are aware but those early Classics are quite highly regarded. I have a 92 and it's a great sounding guitar.
Does yours still have the original 498R/500T* pickups on there? Some people change them out but I quite like them.
The gloss ones from 2011 are great guitars - I have one in Tobacco Sunburst. When I bought it, I first tried the satin (vintage gloss) finish and it just sounded a bit, well, dull. The gloss one was (and is) an absolute tone monster by comparison.
I don't know how you have the pole pieces set, but if they are high you might want to screw them all down a couple of turns then raise the pickup height to compensate. This generally has the effect of warming the sound up a little IMO.
The very early Classics, from '90 to '92, are quite sought after and are very well-made instruments. Even better if you can find a Classic Plus or Classic Premium Plus which have better tops and can give the historic reissues a good run for their money.